Beowulf Racing's Supersport Yamaha R6 makes first appearance

By Sarah Carnell -

British Superbikes

 18 February 2008 11:24

Beowulf Racing’s Pat McDougall has been testing the Yamaha YZF-R6 he will be racing in this year’s British Supersport Cup Championship at Snetterton.

The 22-year-old completed five 20-minute sessions on the motorcycle he will be racing this season after previously testing a fleet of Yamaha R6’s to be used by the European Superstock riders.

Pat McDougall said: “The machine is still in development so apart from the close-ratio gearbox there’s really not much difference between this and the Superstock bikes at the moment.

“I’m happy with our times today as a starting point and as we get additional parts fitted, the speed should start coming.”

Team owner and technical head Andy Stone was at Snetterton to help McDougall.

Stone added: “You can’t just bolt one of these Supersport machines together, everything has to be set to the most precise levels of tolerance.

“I’m happy with what we’ve achieved so far - the engine build, the cams and the gearbox, but this is a development year on this bike.

“By the end of the season we want to be running a full World Supersport-specification machine with the aim of entering that championship in 2009.”

Pat McDougall’s team-mates Gino Rea and Dan Linfoot also tested at the Norfolk track completing the same number of sessions on the motorcycles they will be running in this year’s European Superstock 600 Championship.

Check out the video of the team at Snetterton.