Pata Honda World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea wrapped up a three-day test in Spain in a positive mood as he builds towards the second round of the series at Aragon in Spain on April 13.
Rea and team-mate Leon Haslam plus test rider Michele Magnoni were back on track for the first time following the opening championship round in Australia at the end of February.
They used the shakedown at Cartagena to focus on chassis and electronics settings and will remain in Spain for another test at Jerez next week.
“We’ve made some really good steps here and our test rider, Michele Magnoni, did a really good job over the first couple of days, especially on Wednesday when it was really windy,” said Rea.
“I rode with some new strategies that he was developing and I’m happy to be able to ride more aggressively on longer runs. The speed over one lap was good, too, but I was more satisfied with the longer runs.
“We also tried a lot of chassis settings, varying pivot points and things, and the bike is definitely steering better on tighter lines.”
Meanwhile, the second round of the Irish Superbike Championship takes place at Bishopscourt today, with the first race scheduled for a 12 noon start. Admission is £10.
Meanwhile, the Killinchy Club will host the prestigious John Donnelly Memorial Motocross at Downpatrick Motocross Park on Saturday.
Current Ulster and Irish Expert motocross champion Gary Gibson is aiming to win the event for the third year in succession.
The circuit is signposted off the main Downpatrick to Newcastle road, past Down Royal.
Practice will start at 9.30am with racing from 11am.