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Test debrief: VisionTrack Ducati continue preparation for #BSBrestart with Brookes and Iddon

Defending title-winners VisionTrack Ducati were back in action this week with a two-day test at Knockhill in preparation for the Bennetts British Superbike Championship restart, which is now just over a month away.

The team had also tested at Croft previously as Josh Brookes and Christian Iddon returned to the track ahead of the official test later this month before the opening round at Donington Park on August 7/8/9.

Brookes said: “It felt good to be back out again. There wasn’t anything wrong with the bike when we finished last season because it finished 1-2 in the championship, but to have the track time to work on some areas is always beneficial because you always strive for perfection.

“The VisionTrack Ducati felt good when we were testing in Spain in March and there wasn’t a problem in particular to work on, but we need to be riding bikes at speed. To have the ability to test in both the wet and dry conditions at Knockhill to clarify some areas we had been working on was a positive.

“The development with motorcycles never stops and we have moved on from where we finished last season and that gives me confidence. We made some changes to the front end of the bike in Spain and it felt like a better balance, so we needed to bring that to a track in the UK and see how it compared and it felt like it should, and that was a nice reward for the work. This then opened our minds to some other changes with the chassis position and it bought a union of all the different changes complimenting each other.

“There were only small areas we were working on where I felt that it could make a difference because I am always looking for the next thing we can do as a team to improve, whether it is after a test, a session or a race. I was ready before we went to Knockhill for the test but I feel even more ready now to get racing again!”

Iddon said: “We got back on the bike at Croft a week ago and actually it was really good, it was the first time I felt like the bike was mine. The tests we had in Spain were ok, but it was that long ago now it feels like it almost didn’t happen!

“I enjoyed Croft; it was a no pressure situation and I took it as a day to get back into riding and I felt like the bike was starting to become my own which was really nice. Then we had two days up at Knockhill and on the first day we were hindered a bit by the weather, but it was good to get a run out on the Ducati in the rain at a test rather than at an event.

“On the second day we had really good weather and had a lot of running – the two of us were just flat out and just carried on pounding out the laps, I think I did just shy of 200! I felt really good physically, so that was a bonus as bike fit is completely different to just being fit. I could have just ridden all day long really.

“I worked my way through a lot of things and the track improved throughout the day. We still have the official test coming up and that is the first time I will get to judge myself against the opposition on a track that we are racing at, so I am excited to see how the Ducati feels there. I have started the feel the differences that the changes were making, and getting towards the sensation that I’m looking for.

“We all know very well what that bike is capable of so I am still not wanting to go too far away from what they have had and I am now just looking forward to the next time we can be on track.”

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