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Rookie Vickers on target ahead of Silverstone official test

Rookie Ryan Vickers is relishing the next Bennetts British Superbike Championship official test at a circuit he is familiar with, as the reigning Pirelli National Superstock 600 champion returns to Silverstone to continue his preparation for the season opener this Easter (April 19/20/21).

Vickers made his test debut with the RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki team at Monteblanco, completing the opening three day test before completing their European test programme with the final two days at Portimao.

“My first test went better than expected to be honest,” said Vickers after stepping up from the 600cc class. “Especially when it came to doing race runs and things like that as riding the bigger bike is much harder work and there are more things to think about. It has been amazing so far making the move into Superbike and my first race run on the final day at Portimao went well and I feel like we did a lot of riding at the first two tests.”

The switch between the Superstock 600 Yamaha and the Bennetts BSB specification 1000cc Superbike has been a steep learning curve for the 20-year-old, but one that he believes he has adapted to rapidly.

“The lines and power of the Superbike has been the biggest change for me,” added Vickers. “Coming from the 600 with the wide, fast sweeping lines - the biggest difference is the lines to take to be able to put the power down on the bigger bike. I haven’t had any time behind the more experienced riders so far, so I had been learning it for myself and Lee [Hardy] has been out spotting me to give me advice and we have worked well and we still have more time in the bag.”

Vickers instantly impressed ending the Monteblanco test inside the top ten and following it up with consistent times posted at Portimao ahead of the final pre-season test at Silverstone on April 9.

“I knew it would be hard as the times are all really close and they are all really fast riders, so being the least experienced on the bigger bike was always going to make these first tests a big challenge,” said Vickers. “I think that helps to bring me on faster, you can follow the black lines they leave on track and you can work a lot out even from just that. Being the young rookie does make me really motivated to show what I can do.

“We worked hard as a team working out where I felt comfortable on the Superbike and at both tracks we were in a similar window so that felt good before we get to Silverstone and another different track.

“The Silverstone test should be awesome as it is a track I know, after the two I had never been to before for the official tests. It will be an amazing feeling, but I still need to relearn the lines for the Superbike when we get there, despite it being a familiar circuit but I can’t wait.”

The fifth round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship hits Knockhill on June 28/29/30 June for more information and to book visit www.knockhill.com

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