Samsung Honda take to Cadwell Park for pre-season superbike testing

Alex Lowes in testing for Samsung Honda. Photo: Jon Jessop Photography
Alex Lowes in testing for Samsung Honda. Photo: Jon Jessop Photography
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Samsung Honda’s two new riders got to grips with their 2013 bikes during their pre-season testing at Cadwell Park on Monday and Tuesday.

The team, based in Louth, were at the circuit for the pre-season testing programme with Ryuichi Kiyonari making his much-anticipated return alongside Alex Lowes who made his debut with the team at their home circuit.

Ryuichi Kiyonari  in testing for Samsung Honda. Photo: Jon Jessop Photography

Ryuichi Kiyonari in testing for Samsung Honda. Photo: Jon Jessop Photography

The team enjoyed dry conditions for the first two days of testing, giving the pair the chance to stretch the legs of their Fireblade bikes.

This year’s superbike season features perhaps the championship’s strongest ever rider line up with Samsung Honda having welcomed back three time champion Ryuichi Kiyonari to the team, as well as the less experienced, but talented Lowes.

Lincoln’s young gun Lowes linked up with the team following a breakthrough 2012 campaign, which saw him celebrate his first race win after making the cut for the title Showdown.

Louth’s own Peter Hickman will also be on the grid in April after he signed up for GB Moto Racing Honda.

Riyo Kiyonari told the BSB website after the Cadwell test: “I am very happy to be back; it was a very good day working with the Samsung Honda team again, especially Adrian (Gorst).

“I like Cadwell Park, because I think it is like my home circuit and today we made a good start; tomorrow we can keep improving.

“I didn’t want to stop once I had started now that I am back on the Superbike! I was getting comfortable again on the Superbike after racing a 600 last year - I am really happy to be back.”

Lowes said: “I haven’t ridden since Brands Hatch so to get out and have a blast around Cadwell Park was mega!

“I was a bit nervous at the start of the day, but it didn’t last long and we have been working really well together as a team. I ended the first day feeling comfortable and I felt at home on the bike a lot quicker than I expected.

“Sometimes it takes the whole first day but I felt happy almost straight away. The team have been great and it has been good working with Kiyo. It has definitely been a solid first day for us.”

Team manager Havier Beltran concluded: “This morning (Monday) we waited and assessed the track because it was quite cold but despite the delay we had a very productive first day.

“There was no point rushing this morning and once we started the team worked well and both of the Superbike riders put in around 40 - 50 laps, with Jason a bit less on the Supersport bike.

“Tomorrow the forecast is expected to be better so hopefully we can continue with the work we have scheduled ahead of the official test at Donington Park.”

The opening round of the 2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship is at Brands Hatch on April 5/6/7.