Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 06 Mar 2015
Christian Iddon has turned his first few laps on the Halsall Suzuki GSX-R1000 at the Cartagena circuit in Spain.
The former British Supermoto champion steps back to British Superbikes with the Jack Valentine-run team after two years riding in World Supersport and Superbikes respectively.
The team spent most of the first day prepping the bikes meaning Iddon and teammate, Josh Waters couldn’t get out until the final session. Keen to make the most of track time, the duo were among the first out on Friday morning.
“It’s been spot on so far!” said Iddon talking to Bike Social after the session. “I’m enjoying it; it’s just me getting back to race pace if nothing else. The team is working well together and they’ve done a mega job to get it all ready, a lot of the time with a new bike you’ll have a few teething problems and so far we’ve had nothing which is awesome. For the last two years I’ve been riding development bikes and it’s been about half a season before we’ve got them going so it’s a welcome change.”
Having spent the last two years on brand new bikes, the MV Agusta F3 in Supersport and Bimota BB3 in Superbike, Iddon says he’s enjoying the well-established Suzuki GSX-R1000.
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“The Suzuki has a really interesting turning characteristic, from mid-corner onwards it seems to finish really well. It’s a real strong point of the bike, or that’s what I’ve taken from my first impressions! That’s what sticks out but as the pace picks up we’ll see if that carries on or is it just because the corner speed is down at the moment? At the moment, the second phase of cornering is unreal."
Teams will test for four days in Cartagena before moving inland to Guadix where they will complete their Spanish preparation before the official test at Donington Park later this month.
“We’re going to keep on as we are for the rest of today before working on a bit of fuel mapping, suspension set ups and basic things like that. We’ve got a good base as the bike has been around a while and we’ve got some great data from other places and Jack [Valentine] obviously knows a lot so I don’t think we’re a million miles off as it is.”