Tommy Bridewell’s testing on the Quay Honda that Gary Mason rode to the BSB Cup title last year continued at Brands Hatch last week.
He lapped the Brands Indy course on the ex-Gregorio Lavilla Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in a best time of 46.8s, despite track conditions being less than favourable after an oil spillage.
The 21-year old from Etchilhampton near Devizes said: "I'm pleased with how the day went and considering the traffic and track conditions at times, for us to consistently lap sub-47s shows we're somewhere near.
"I'm not sure what everyone else was doing time-wise but that's not important. It’s the races that matter. We just concentrated on getting a good set up.
"We only used two rear race tyres throughout the day and those times would have comfortably put us in the top ten at last year's pace but there's much more to come from both me and the bike.
"I don't see any reason why we can't be challenging for podiums this season."
The opening round of the 2010 MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday.