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Bennetts Suzuki set for Snetterton

Since the previous round at Oulton Park, the team has been working hard to further improve the performance of its GSX-R1000 machines, both on circuit and at the team's headquarters. Despite a tough start to the season, plenty of promise and potential has been shown by both the bikes and riders.

Iddon still managed a fifth placed finish at the opening round, despite illness, and posted lap record times in qualifying at Brands Hatch before breaking his leg. Now nearing full fitness, he's looking to showcase just what he and the Bennetts Suzuki is capable of at Snetterton.

Christian Iddon,"Knockhill was good for us and we came away with more data, on top of the information we got from the Snetterton test too, so I'm excited about this weekend. We're looking to make a big step forward and I'm keen to get on track, as we'll be starting with a completely new setup we haven't used before. The leg's not quite 100% and I can't train exactly as I'd like, but it's causing me no issues on the bike now so we're good to go tomorrow."

Josh Waters has struggled with the setup of his GSX-R1000 so far this season, but that hasn't stopped him from lapping every circuit faster than he has in his previous campaigns in the British Superbike championship. While not currently where he wants to be in the championship standings, the twice Australian Superbike champion has moved forward at every round, and is confident of doing so again this weekend.

Josh Waters,"It was good to ride again and test at Knockhill, and we've got plans to work on again at Snetterton. The team has really been working hard since the last round and the tests and I feel we can keep improving and make some more steps forward. It's been tough but we've made progress, we just need to make some more and I think we can this weekend."

Team Manager Jack Valentine commented,"We've had a long lay-off but we've had some good solid tests. After the Snetterton test we went to Knockhill and continued working and the guys have all put in a lot of effort. Even after the test we've been back at base working on the dyno, right up until it came to packing up for this weekend and we're expecting to take a real positive step. We've tested here and while our outright lap times might not have set the world alight, we spent our time working on the setup of both bikes. One thing I can't fault is the performance of the Yoshimura engines. In the speed trap down the start-finish straight we were up there with the fastest of them.

"We're not where we want to be yet but there's no doubt we've got a competitive package. We've not seen the best from Christian and it says a lot that Josh is lapping quicker than he ever has on a bike he's not completely happy with yet. So we'll keep working to get everything right. We've got some new members of the team onboard too this weekend who boast experience in MotoGP, and we'll still targeting a place in the Showdown."

The fourth round of the MCE British Superbike championship takes place at Snetterton, with racing on Sunday 21 June.