Swan Yamaha riders Tommy Hill and Noriyuki Haga were optimistic after a productive test in Spain as their preparations for the 2012 British Superbike Championship continued. After an initial shakedown at Cartegena, the reigning champions moved on to Almeria where Hill completed his work ahead of schedule.
Although there are just under four weeks until the start of his title defence, Hill feels ready for the new season and hopes to make further gains in the team's final pre-season test at Snetterton.
“We decided to just have one day at Almeria and call it a day as we are happy with the progress we have made. We worked again yesterday on the fuelling and we have got it working really well. The Swan Yamaha team have been fantastic and we have just tried to stick to the basics and then get the bike and chassis working as best we can; we have done some good work and moved forward massively on the fuelling and we are running a good pace. We are now ready to get back the UK and crack on for the British test ready for Brands Hatch.
“I feel I am ready to race now; like I said before I never like to count my chickens too early but testing has been fantastic. I am not sure what times everyone else has been doing but as far as we can see and from what we have we have been setting the pace. It was another great day yesterday and when we get back to the UK the team can look at the data and I will do a full report so we are ready for the next tests so we are ready to rock and roll at Brands Hatch. A big thanks again has to go to the Swan Yamaha team for all their hard work.”
New teammate Haga is gearing up for his debut season in the British Superbike Championship after years competing on the world stage and is content with the way preparations are going.
“Today we had just an hour on track for testing and we got some good feedback on the front, but we had the same feeling with the rear tyre again and we still need to do some more work on the setting. My five days of testing with the Swan Yamaha team have been positive as we have some good data that we have been working with and we can also now look at the direction for the next test where we will try a different setting. I hope at the next test we can work well again and we will focus on the rear tyre and bike balance. I always like to make big changes with the bike! I am looking forward to seeing what we can produce at the next test.”
Team Owner Shaun Muir was impressed with the performance of the Yamaha in Spain and is confident that they will be battling at the sharp end when racing gets underway at Brands Hatch on April 9th.
“We are very happy with how these tests have gone and the pace we have been able to run after testing at two different tracks so we know that the Yamaha will be competitive. I am really pleased with Tommy and what he has achieved in the time we have been here and for Nori, how well he has adapted to a new team, bike and track. We are now looking forward to our final tests in the UK so we are set to kick the season off in style at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend.”