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Samsung Crescent Racing complete phase one of pre-season testing

Having completed three days of testing at the Cartagena circuit, tomorrow the Samsung Crescent Racing team start a further three days of testing, now at the Guadix circuit near Granada, still in Spain.

The team are reporting that they're very happy; new team riders John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham have been enjoying trouble-free runs, making good progress with set-ups, and generating plenty of track speed. Moving on to Guadix the team will now be looking to trial new components as part of the continuing testing.

Jack Valentine, team manager: "We're very, very pleased with progress, the bikes are working well and both riders are more than happy with their personal progress. With good weather this year we got three full days of testing under our belts at Cartagena, so we felt it was right to stand down from the final day and give the riders and the team a rest before starting on the next vital phase of our testing.
"Both riders have been a dream to work with, they're getting on well with their crew chiefs and with each other we're building the basis of a strong and unified team. They've also been putting together impressive lap times and we're in no doubt we will be very competitive come the start of the season.

"Although today's been a rest day in fact both John and Jon have been on track at Guadix in track day cars. It's been very entertaining to watch, but beneath the fun and laughs it's also allowed both of them to get familiar with a track neither has seen before. It'll probably save us an hour in settling-in time tomorrow.

"We've now got some new components we want to test and with the change of track our riders are going to find out a whole lot more about our bikes. So three more days we'll see where we stand after that!"