The Anvil Hire Yamaha squad are raring to go as they head out to Spain this weekend for their first test ahead of the 2017 MCE British Superbike season.
Josh Brookes and Shaun Winfield will take part in a three-day test at Jerez as they look to get to grips with their machines ahead of the new season.
New signing Brookes joins-up with the team following his wildcard entry in the World Superbike Championship opener at Philip Island last weekend.
The Bringelley man experienced a challenging weekend on the Island, rounding it off by taking a 12th place finish in race two, and now switches his attention to working towards his second British Superbike crown.
Ahead of the test an excited Brookes said: “Everything is new at this stage, so I don’t have any preconceived ideas, I’m going there to ride the bike and find out the good points and what we can work on, get to know the team and listen to what ideas they have for the season and go from there.
“It’s going to be a shakedown test, there is a lot to take in, a lot of new people and everyone builds bikes differently, there will be a lot of things the team do that I will have to learn and take it from there. The goals are to complete a successful test, make myself comfortable on the bike, see what sort of lap times we can produce and find out what changes we can make.”
Winfield, who has enjoyed a winter of training, enhancing his fitness ahead of the new season fly’s out to Jerez with a heap of updates to test on his Yamaha YZF-R1.
Speaking about the Spanish test he said: “I’m really, really excited to head out to Jerez this weekend. We have three full days out on track and that’s good, because we have lots to get through.
“Jerez is a great place to test, and the nature of the track is something I really enjoy. The main objective of the test for myself is to find my speed again, feel comfortable on the bike and work through the plans we have set on my side of the garage.”
The team have new updates on many areas of the bike to work on and improve throughout the weekend, with new components in the engine, alongside suspension settings planned on during the winter.