2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli

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The pre-season testing continued for some of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship contenders in Cartagena for the third day on track in Spain. Here some of the riders debrief on their third day on circuit.

Smrz and Millsport Ducati up the pace on day three

Czech contender Jakub Smrz and the Millsport Ducati team had a positive third day on circuit with the team reporting he was able to slash his lap time, with his best lap of 1m:34.3s almost matching Tommy Bridewell’s time from the second day, as the team now look ahead to their final day on track tomorrow.

Smrz said: Today we worked again on balance of the Millsport Ducati and the rear suspension. At the end of the day we found something to help me feel better and I’m very happy that all steps we have taken have been improving the bike and my feeling with the Panigale. On previous days we used the Pirelli SC1 and today we used the SC0 for the first time. That made me faster and that was good, but I still need to test the tyre life.

We have made many changes but that’s what we are here for!

Farmer feeling positive after Cartagena test

PR Racing’s Keith Farmer was feeling confident after the third day on track at Cartagena, with the team continuing to make improvements as he returned to the Kawasaki superbike. Farmer and the team have been steadily building momentum throughout the three days they have had in Cartagena and are now eager to continue their preparation for the 2014 season.

Farmer said: This has been our first run out of the season and overall I am very, very happy with how the test has gone. My pace seems to be pretty good compared to the other teams and mainly I am a lot more relaxed on the bike after the time here. We are feeling positive about what we have achieved.

Waters making progress with Tyco Suzuki

Australian Josh Waters was another rider who was improving his lap times throughout the third day at Cartagena as he continues his first test with Tyco Suzuki. The former double champion admitted he was feeling at home with the team, running consistently in the low 1m:35s, and is eager to end their final day on a high tomorrow. American John Hopkins continued his on track progress on his return to the Superbike, running a similar pace to his team-mate.

Waters said: Day three has been good on the Tyco Suzuki; it has been great to do some more laps. We have started to do little changes, but the bike is quite good already. It is just little things we have been testing so far as it is early days and the boys are getting us to try a few things here and there for feeling to see what I think.

Some things have been not as good and some things have been better so times don’t really matter around here as we don’t have a BSB race, but I definitely have been enjoying riding around.

Jessopp back in the groove

Martin Jessopp believes he is in the strongest position he has been with the Ridersmotorcycles BMW after the third day in Cartagena as he ended their final day at the circuit before heading to a private test for the start of next week.

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Jessopp said: I feel I’m back riding how I should be now. I am feeling happy on the bike and the new swingarm I mentioned yesterday is a step forward for us. We now move to Alcarras for a test at the start of next week.

We did a best lap today of 1m:35.0s before lunch but we were slower this afternoon as we went the wrong way with the set up – we are happy with how it has gone at Cartagena.

Yamaha teams end final day in Cartagena

The FFX and Milwaukee Yamaha teams continued their progress on track despite Bridewell’s crash earlier in the morning which ruled him out of just one session as the team rebuilt the machine. Bridewell’s lap time from the second day remains the fastest of the Cartagena test so far. His team-mate Josh Brookes was reported to have closed on his team-mate with the pair running used Pirelli tyres this afternoon as they focused on further development.

In the FFX Yamaha garage Ian Hutchinson continued his impressive return to the Superbike, with the team reporting his best lap of the test coming today with a time of 1m:35.6s.

The Milwaukee Yamaha, FFX Yamaha and Ridersmotorycles BMW now travel to Alcarras for two days on track at the start of next week, whilst Tyco Suzuki, PR Racing and Millsport Ducati remain on track at Cartagena for the final day tomorrow.

The countdown is on to the start of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this Easter weekend (18/19/20/21 April). Advance ticket can be purchased at www.brandshatch.co.uk or by calling 0843 453 9000.

Last updated: Saturday, March 08, 2014

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