Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Walker is thrilled with the performance of the new GSX-R1000K7 after testing the bike in Valencia.
Stalker started on the 2006 bike he rode to victory in the Mallory Park Race of the Year to find some speed before completing 15 laps on the 2007 model.
Walker said: “The new bike was easier to ride, accurate and took less effort to hold its line and do what I wanted it to do. It’s really encouraging as my lap times were good and there still remains a lot of untapped potential.”
Team-mate Cal Crutchlow tested the 2006 Rizla Suzuki over the course of the two days, finishing just one second behind Walker. The youngster will test the GSX-R1000K7 in January.
He added: “It’s been a good test and I’ve learnt a lot about what you can adjust and change on a Superbike – there is a lot more than I have ever had to think about before.
“Personally I am a little disappointed to have been beaten by my team mate but we all know the ’07 bike is at least a half second or more better than the ’06 GSX-R, so I’m okay with it.
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The Rizla Suzuki pair completed 293 laps over the two days before heading back to England to carry on with development.