Isle of Man TT star Gary Johnson has returned to the United Kingdom following seven days of testing in Spain with the GBmoto Racing Kawasaki team.
Johnson worked on a number of parts and settings on both the Superbike and Superstock Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja machines.
The team spent four days at the Cartagena circuit before travelling down to the fast flowing Gaudix track for a further three day test. Both tests were completed under the watchful eye of Kawasaki Racing Engineer, Ichiro Yoda, who will be supporting the team with their Road Racing entries in 2015.
Yoda helped lead Kawasaki to their first World Superbike Championship in 20 years back in 2013, with Britain’s Tom Sykes winning the title. Yoda brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the ZX-10R machine, which has helped the GBmoto team to develop the bikes much quicker than expected.
Johnson, who will compete for the team at the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and at the North West 200, was left feeling confident following the tests.
He said: “Although the team might not have any Roads experience, I’m really pleased with how we’ve progressed and I’m already impressed with both the Superstock and Superbike machines. We managed to work through everything we wanted to and I’m confident that the package we have is already strong but with two more tests planned before the North West we’re in a very good place.
“Having Yoda san in the garage was a real privilege and having his knowledge on hand has really helped us take a big step forward”.
Gbmoto Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen, added: “It’s been an extremely confidence inspiring seven days testing and our Road Racing team has made incredible progress. This is thanks to not only the huge effort the guys in the garage have put in but also the knowledge and feedback Gary has provided. Both Cartagena and Guadix have proved to be the ideal testing ground to ensure we now have a strong base setting on both bikes and it was pleasure to welcome Ichiro Yoda into our garage, whose wealth of knowledge proved unrivalled.”
The team will now prepare their machinery for tests at Donington Park on Thursday 26 March, and then at Oulton Park on Friday 24 April.
GBmoto Racing will then compete in their first-ever Road Race at the North West 200, which begins on Sunday 10 May.