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RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki and Vickers on target for the #BSBrestart

The RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team were back on track yesterday (Monday) for the first time since the Spanish tests in March as Ryan Vickers utilised the time to get up to speed ahead of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season restart.

Vickers lines up for his second season with the Norfolk-based team and after a positive start to the new campaign in Spain, he was keen to pick up where he left off when the team returned to the track yesterday.

Vickers said: “It was a really good day of testing for us yesterday and was great to get back up to speed and get used to it all again as I haven’t ridden since the Spanish test in March. It was a positive day and we learnt a lot, working through the areas we had focused on in Spain and continued in a good direction.

“I feel like I got back into the swing of it pretty quickly and was able to get down to some good times considering I had to learn the track.  In Spain we had consecutive days on track and the circuits are different from those in the UK, so to be able to compare on a British circuit with similar characteristics was good for me.

“We continued to work through changes to the electronics and chassis and the bike felt great, just like it did last time we tested – although it did take a few laps to get used to the speed again after a few months off! I felt good physically on the bike, which was a great feeling as although we have all been training hard, nothing compares to riding the Superbike.

“I felt like we left Spain with a good direction for the bike set-up and we really worked well with the new team members and it soon felt like we had never been away yesterday. We continued in a really good direction and I feel like we have a good idea of what we need to achieve at the official test next week so that we are ready for round one.”

RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki Team Owner Lee Hardy commented: “It was nice for the team to get back together as it’s been a long while since March. Yesterday was all about getting Ryan back out on the RAF Kawasaki ahead of the season start.

“Admittedly I think we were all a bit nervous rolling out for the first run just because it had been so long. The test for us was all about preparing for when the season kicks off in earnest, we tested all three fuel tanks, spare parts and components to make sure we will be ready in any situation. The championship this year will be full on and preparation is key to being successful this season.”

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