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Bradley Ray counting down days to Assen WorldSBK debut

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British Superbike Champion Bradley Ray says he is confident in his race pace ahead of his 2023 WorldSBK debut at Assen following the latest round of testing in Catalunya.

After missing the opening two flyaway events of the season in Australia and Indonesia, Ray is now preparing for his first outing on the Motoxracing Yamaha for what will be his first season on the international scene.

Shrugging off an accident on Day 2, Ray is satisfied with the progress made and feels in good shape for his Dutch debut


“It’s nice to get the two days of testing done. Obviously, Aragon didn’t go to plan. It was very positive here. We had a full day on Day 1, I think we did 70 laps, so it was nice to finally find my feet and work in a direction we needed to. 

“Unfortunately, I had a little bit of a crash on Day 2 in the morning on the second lap. I back shifted but the bike didn’t backshift when I needed it to and just ran into the gravel and crashed. 

“I was back out in the afternoon and we were just working through what we needed to. It would’ve been nice to maybe improve on the lap time. 

“I think a lot of the times were done in the morning and I saw a few people put Superpole laps in. I’m not stressed about the overall lap time, I’m confident with the actual race pace and the pace we’ve got on used tyres.”

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