Reigning British Supersport Champions complete final pre-season test ahead of 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season opener.
Jack Kennedy insists it’s “all systems go” after completing his final pre-season test ahead of the new Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
The Mar-Train Yamaha Racing rider had to contend with some damp conditions at Wednesday’s rain-hit session at Silverstone.
Kennedy completed a number of “valuable” laps on his R1 machine, and now the team’s focus turns to the opening round of the 2023 Championship at the same circuit over Easter weekend (April 7-9).
It was a valuable test. The weather conditions weren’t great, but when you realised that it wasn’t going to improve you just got on with it. Even though they were wet laps they were valuable in making sure the bike is right for the first round. And we were able to iron out any small issues with the new bike following the crash in Spain. We were probably riding around at about 90 per cent. In those conditions the last thing you want to do is push it and end up crashing. It was also good to work with the team and see the new trailer as well. The weather was poor but we got what we needed out of it, and now it’s all systems go for the opening round next weekend. It will soon come around and we can’t wait to get started. Hopefully we get some better weather come race weekend. I am really excited
Mar-Train Yamaha Racing Team Owner, Tim Martin, says the team is relishing next week’s opening round of the British Superbike Championship after completing pre-season testing in Spain and Silverstone.
Tim Martin – Team Owner
That’s all the testing done and we are ready to go racing. We had the two Spanish tests in Andalucia and Navarra, but we didn’t do the Donington Park test. Silverstone was obviously difficult because of the weather but we finally spun some laps on Wednesday. It was wet but we wanted to get some laps in. We were mindful of the wet conditions and the fact it was only a test, so we didn’t push too much. We just wanted to make sure everything was working okay and sort out any issues with the bike and electronics, and Jack built the speed up as the test progressed. We didn’t push like we would in a race or qualifying because of the conditions. The weather was frustrating because you are there to work, and then the rain throws a curveball. But the testing is all done now and the team is home. The bike is ready to go, and Jack is ready to go. We might get the same conditions at the opening round because of the time of year it is. But we will deal with whatever comes our way.
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