FIRST DAY OF WORK AT THE RICARDO TORMO CIRCUIT IN VALENCIA Perfect weather welcomed the World Superbike Championship riders on the first day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. A high of 30 degrees the air temperature were ...
FIRST DAY OF WORK AT THE RICARDO TORMO CIRCUIT IN VALENCIA
Perfect weather welcomed the World Superbike Championship riders on the first day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. A high of 30 degrees the air temperature were recorded, while the track reached just over 40 degrees, allowing the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team riders to take positive early steps. Two more days are still available for the four white and blue Winston Ten Kate Honda Team's musketeers to improve and prepare their bikes for the third round of the Superbike World Championship programmed on April 23, also at Valencia.
Ronald Ten Kate -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Team Manager
"It's good to be back racing in Europe even if we have already had some satisfying results in Qatar and Phillip Island. We are doing a good job around here, the weather conditions are similar to what we will expect at the end of April, therefore we are working well to find the right race set up. I am surprised for the times we have registered today because we still have two days to improve them. The start of the test is really good. I am quite impressed with what Kenan is doing so far on the track that he knows. We still have to test some different pieces and we'll concentrate a lot on that. So we'll see what happens tomorrow.
Regarding the Superbike boys, I am very happy to see Karl back strongly in the top five, after the first two races in which he had some difficulties. He is improving step by step. With James, we are trying different parts and pieces but we still haven't found the right setting. Here in Valencia the track situation is always strange because it changes so much from the morning to the afternoon and it hasn't been easy to adjust the bike from one session to the other. But this is why it's good to be here for the test, it is useful to learn more and more about the bike and about our riders' preferences. I am quite sure we'll be able to pick it up tomorrow."
James Toseland - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(11th position -- 61 laps -- Fastest lap 1'36.922)
"Today didn't go too well. We worked hard trying many solutions in our settings but we didn't make any big progress. We are looking forward for the next two days of work to improve and reach a satisfying set up for the bike. I would simply like to forget about today and start over from tomorrow. I am sure we can be a lot quicker."
Karl Muggeridge - SBK Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(5th position -- 57 laps -- Fastest lap 1'36.327)
"The first day has been pretty good for us. We made some adjustments to prepare our bike and results have come. The problems I had during the Australian races are mainly gone and I am positive about the work we will be able to do in the next couple of days. I fell during the afternoon session because I expected the front tyre I was trying to be a lot better, but I guess I pushed a bit too much and found myself on the ground. Not a big problem as that was a quite slow turn and luckily I didn't hurt myself, which is the main thing."
Sebastien Charpentier -- WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(1st position -- 30 laps -- Fastest lap 1'37.877)
"Today was OK. It is an important test because the temperature will be similar when we'll be back here at the end of April for the third round of the championship. The bike is good, we made some changes compared to this morning and the bike went better. The problem at the end of the session was the traffic, which didn't allow me to improve my best lap time. But this is not so important at the moment. It's important to have a good set up of the bike in race configuration. The front of the bike is OK; tomorrow we'll test some different parts to improve my feeling with the rear of the bike. I am satisfied about how the first day of testing went."
Kenan Sofuoglu -- WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(2nd position -- 38 laps -- Fastest lap 1'38.411)
"I am very happy on how the day went because the last time I was on the bike in Australia I crashed and today I regained the feeling with it. Today I have already set some good lap times; I hope we can keep improving in the last two days. I am working hard to allow the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team to maintain, in every race, the first two positions. Right now it's not so important for me to stay in front of Sebastien. Tomorrow we'll try different setting and if we'll have the time we may try a race simulation on the last day, to try to understand what we'll be able to do in the race at the end of April."