Britain's James Toseland says he is happy to already be down to a race laptime at the World Superbike tests at Portimao despite being completely new to the Sterilgarda Yamaha.
Even though Toseland hasn't ridden a Superbike for two years, he managed a 1'43.7s laptime and reckons he has been taking the bike's setup in a positive direction all day, under the advice of a senior Yamaha technician.
“I’m feeling really positive, it’s obviously my first time on the bike, it felt a bit alien after two years on a GP bike but the balance of the bike felt good and I’m really impressed with how the team’s working, I’ve got an old friend of mine as a chief engineer," said Toseland.
"I’ve been really impressed to work with him today and Silvano Galbusera (Yamaha World Superbike Team Technical Co-ordinator) looking over him with his experience has been great. What’s been nice is the changes we’ve been making have always been in a positive direction, so to say we’ve got down to more or less race pace on a brand new track and a brand new bike is good, I’m pretty pleased with it.”
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