The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship debuted at the new Snetterton 300 circuit this morning and several of the riders have already been getting to grips with the recently redeveloped circuit.
The Motorpoint Yamaha team returned to the track joining their championship rivals and Loris Baz admitted he felt the new circuit was very similar to some of the European tracks he has previously raced on, whilst James Westmoreland was feeling confident the team could make substantial progress this afternoon.
Baz said: "This is more like a European track and it is fantastic. I had seen the car lap simulation on the internet before we came here but it is better than I expected. It has fast corners but still also has the slower hairpins and I really like the last part of the circuit. I think this morning everybody has been learning the track and this afternoon we will be able to go faster. My feeling is already getting better with the bike all the time and I know that we will be ready to go at Brands Hatch."
Westmoreland said: "I have been learning the track and I thought some sections we would be taking at different speeds from the maps and visuals we have seen so this test will definitely benefit us come the round here later in the year. We have been getting dialled in but we have a lot we want to change this afternoon, because all last year's data is now not so relevant. We have a couple of places to improve this afternoon but I am happy so far."
Michael Laverty debuted the newly-liveried Swan Yamaha this morning as the team were back on circuit for the first time since the Spanish test at Cartagena. Tommy Hill had a crash in one of the earlier sessions, but was back out on circuit this afternoon.
Laverty said: "It has been good this morning; it has been a case of everyone just figuring out the new track. There are some nice new corners and there are some sections that were slower than I expected but the job they have done on the new track is really good. It felt strange this morning as it was the first time I had been on the bike since Spain. We feel like the Swan Yamaha is working well, but we need to work on tyre life this afternoon and make a few last tweaks before Brands Hatch."
Stuart Easton and Jon Kirkham have also been spending the morning session learning the track as they prepare for the final track time this afternoon ahead of next weekend's season opener.
Easton said: "The majority of the time we have spent so far has been learning the circuit but I think this afternoon we can push forward a bit more. I like the new track and think it is a definite improvement on before, so we will see what we can do this afternoon."
Kirkham said: "It took some laps to get into it to be honest, but that seemed the case for most of us with the new track. We did a lot of laps yesterday so we have just been getting settled in to the new circuit and I am really impressed with the new layout."