Lee Johnston is feeling upbeat following his maiden test on the Honda Racing Fireblade SP2 in Spain.
The Fermanagh man completed a three-day test at Monteblanco, where he also tested 16-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson’s Superbike, who was unfit to participate in the shakedown as he continues to recover from injuries sustained following a crash in last year’s Senior race.
Johnston, who was ruled out of the TT in 2017 followed a crash in practice, also tested his CBR1000RR Superstock machine.
“The test at Monteblanco has been really positive; it was our first official test as a team and although a little unlucky with the weather we're coming away in a really good place,” Johnston said.
“The first two days we didn't really get through much, but the last day was really productive and we managed to cram everything in. It's been a little busy riding my Fireblade and Hutchy's, as well as the Superstock bike, but I'm feeling really good.
“Of course with any new bike and team it takes a while to get settled and get your own feeling, but I think we're pretty much there and once we get to our next test at Castle Combe, I think we'll be ready to hit the ground running and really get stuck in from the direction of this week,” he added.
“The team are all working together really well and it was great to have Ian there this week and I can't wait to see him aboard the machine when he's ready, and we can work together more with the set-up and feeling. We have a few weeks now before our next test and I already can't wait to get there and get going again.”
Johnston will be in action again this month at Castle Combe, although Hutchinson – who was present at Monteblanco – is not expected to be able to test his machinery until April.