Skinner set for Spanish test programme ahead of Silverstone opener

Scotsman Rory Skinner is ready to get on track with the title-winning Integro Yamaha team this week as the official tests kick off in Spain ahead of the opening round of the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship at Silverstone this Easter (April 10/11/12).

Skinner was the inaugural British Talent Cup champion and last season finished seventh, with a podium, in his Rookie year in the Supersport series and is relishing the opportunity to join last year’s title runner-up Brad Jones in the team.

The 18-year-old from Perth had his first outing on a Yamaha at the Almeria circuit in Spain earlier this month, spending four days at the Andalucian track on a superstock-specification YZF-R6, but the tests at Monteblanco will be his first outing on the machine he will race in this year’s Quattro Group British Supersport Championship.

Skinner said: “We had four really good days over in Almeria, riding a superstock spec R6 we built for training. The most important thing for me was to get some bike time. I’ve been training really hard over the winter months, but it’s only by actually riding that you work all the muscles and get yourself right physically and mentally into the groove again.

“The main thing that struck me in Almeria is just how much more agile and accurate the Yamaha chassis is, compared to the bike I rode last season, and I can’t wait to get testing on the full Supersport bike this week. I spent all four days running on used tyres; learning about the characteristics of the chassis and hopefully that will help me hit the ground running when the official testing starts.

“We’ve got three days testing at Monteblanco, before moving to Jerez – which will give us the best possible chance to be up to speed before the opening round of the championship in April. Like Almeria, Monteblanco is a new circuit for me but I’ve probably done as many miles around Jerez as anywhere else, so it will be good to end our European testing on a circuit that holds good memories for me.”

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