Ray and Ryde get first taste of Yamaha machinery in Spanish shakedown

Ray and Ryde get first taste of Yamaha machinery in Spanish shakedown

15 December 2021

RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha’s Bradley Ray and Kyle Ryde completed a two-day test at Cartagena, Spain as they got their first taste of action aboard the Bennetts British Superbike-spec Yamaha R1s.

As OMG Racing make the switch to Yamaha for the 2022 season, the team took to the track supported by three Yamaha technicians, courtesy of McAMS Yamaha. Together they worked with introducing the set-up and characteristics of the Yamaha R1 as well as working with the RICH Energy OMG Racing mechanics.

After a handful of laps late on Monday afternoon to get comfortable with seat and peg positions, the real work began in earnest on Tuesday morning, before the pair immediately began to get to grips with the Yamaha R1.

Still with improvements to make, both riders got their heads down on day two and worked hard with their crew and the technicians to complete the testing plan. The lap times came increasingly easier throughout the morning as the final session saw both riders post their fastest times of the test, returning to the garage with nothing but praise for the Yamaha R1.

Ray said: “I’ve had an amazing time aboard the Yamaha R1, I’m feeling really at on home on it already. We’ve made a few changes across the test with the McAMS Yamaha technicians and my crew to help get the best out of me and the bike and I’m really happy with the progress we’ve made. I have to say a big thank you to the RICH Energy OMG Racing team for organising the test, to my crew for their hard work over the two days and the McAMS Yamaha technicians for their help and guidance. Roll on 2022!”

Ryde added: “I loved every minute of being back on a Yamaha, it’s put a big smile back on my face after a tough season. The Yamaha R1 has been faultless and the McAMS Yamaha technicians were a great addition to the test to help me get comfortable, so thank you to them. We made some good changes across the test and it’s given me a real boost ahead of next season. Both Brad and I are excited for next season already and it can’t come soon enough. Thank you to the RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha team for putting the test on and to my crew for how much work they had to do to keep me out there.”

Team Manager Paul Curran concluded: “It’s been a great test and it’s so good to see the riders smiling and enjoying their riding so soon after riding the Yamaha R1. Thank you to Steve Rodgers at McAMS Yamaha for his help in allowing his technicians to join the test, they’ve been exceptional in their time with us. We’re all excited for 2022 and the opening test at Silverstone.”