SUCCESSFUL ALBACETE TEST FOR BMP-ELF-99 RACING TEAM
The BMP-ELF-99 Racing Team yesterday concluded a successful two-day test at Albacete, ahead of the next round of the Endurance World Championship, which takes place at the Spanish circuit on the weekend of 22/23 May 2010.
The test was in support of Dunlop, the BMP-ELF-99 Racing Team's tyre partner in the Endurance World Championship, to assist with their further development of the tyres that the team will race this season.
Damian Cudlin, one of the three riders that rode the BMP-ELF-99 Racing Team CBR1000 to a hard fought 15th place at Le Mans, securing eighth place in the championship standings, shouldered the testing responsibilities over the two days in Albacete.
The Australian rider, who will contest the eight-hour race at Albacete alongside four-time World Endurance Champion Matthieu Lagrive, left the Spanish circuit satisfied with the progress made, both with the tyres and the set-up of the team's Honda CBR1000 endurance racer.
"It was a big two days on track," explained Cudlin. "On the one hand, being the only rider meant I had a pretty heavy testing schedule to complete, which was hard work, but it also meant I was able to work more closely with the team and get across my feelings about how to improve the bike."
"We tested a lot of tyres for Dunlop, but we also worked our way through different settings on the bike, different suspension set-ups and even different engines during the two days. We managed to address some of the dramas we had at Le Mans with the bike and we posted some pretty impressive lap times on the second day. We're definitely moving in the right direction and I think we've got a good set-up ready for the race here in three weeks time."
Cudlin was the fastest rider on track during the test, posting a lap time almost two seconds quicker than the fastest lap in last year's eight-hour race at Albacete.