BURNS GETS TO GRIPS WITH NEW R6 IN FIRST TEST
Chris Burns has had his first outing on the new Yamaha R6 at a wet and hail-hit Croft Circuit. The Newcastle rider completed 40 laps of the North Yorkshire track in a two-day test dogged by hailstorms and strong winds.
In his first test since joining AIM Yamaha, the 25-year-old got his preparations for the 2006 British Supersport Championship off to a flying-start as he got to grips with the R6 this week.
Despite constantly damp and often wet conditions, Burns made the most of the track time to get a feel for his new machine, and came away confident that he can be competitive from the outset.
"It was a good first test. The weather could've been a bit kinder, but we had to make the best of it because I was desperate to get on the bike," he said.
"The engine is really good. Steve Mellor has been working hard and it feels fantastic. I believe we can be competitive from the start. The whole bike feels great and there is still a lot of work to be done.
"I think it is the bike to have and I really think the team have made the right decision. Even in the wet I was perfectly happy with it. It's been a good couple of days."
Burns is due to take to the track in his second test late next week.