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Positive Spanish Test for Anvil Hire Yamaha

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The Anvil Hire Yamaha team have returned to the UK following a successful two-day test at the Calafat circuit in Spain.

James Rispoli, Billy McConnell and Shaun Winfield all completed laps on-board their Superbike-spec Yamaha R1 machines for the first-time ahead of the new season.

The trio made adjustments to the new Ktech suspension whilst also working on the electronic setup of their respected machines.

A confident Rispoli said: “It’s been a great two days at Calafat, it’s been awesome. We did lots of laps and burnt some rubber, we did a lot of work, and I’m feeling pretty confident heading into the Silverstone test. 

“We’ve done some miles and we need to do some more but I’m finally getting used to the superbike now, and I think we have a really good base setting heading into Silverstone, and that test will tell us a lot as to where we stand but for us we seem to be ok.”

Windy conditions at the coastal venue hindered the progression that was planned but all three riders still managed to make some progress on their bikes.

A delighted McConnell said: “Unfortunately we didn’t have the best weather to get really stuck into the simulations that we wanted to try but the bike feels really good, and we still have upgrades to come.

“The bike is smooth and really gets stuck into the corners which I’m finding really good. We’re looking forward to Silverstone now where we can carry on our work, and fingers crossed we’ll keep progressing.”

Next-up for the team is the official MCE British Superbike tests at Silverstone on March 29 and at Donington Park on March 31

Speaking about his riders, Gary Winfield said: “All three now have a solid feeling as we head into the first official BSB test at Silverstone, which we are all looking forward too. We still have some work to do behind the scenes, but all in all we are ready to hit the track on Tuesday.”

The opening round of the 2016 BSB Championship gets underway on Friday, April 8 at Silverstone.

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Josh is a Sports Journalism graduate and has been a member of the TCF team since 2015. Between 2015 and 2018, Josh focused primarily on British Superbikes and Road Racing events such as the Isle of Man TT. At the beginning of the 2019 season he became the MotoGP Reporter.
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