Milwaukee Yamaha have completed the first of their pre-season testing, with Tommy Bridewell and Josh Brookes completing three days at Cartagena followed by a further two days at Alcarras to make the most of the Spanish sunshine.
Josh Brookes, making his debut on the crossplane Yamaha, initially struggled to find a pace he was happy with, but says that over the course of the five days of testing he eventually met his pre-test goals.
“The last few days here in Spain working with the team have been great. Cartagena was a chance for me to learn the bike and get used to it in the first instance and then when we moved on to Alcarras we were able to start making a few adjustments. We made really good progress on the final two days at Alcarras and with the changes we have made it felt like the bike was on rails and that puts us in a good position for the next test we have before the first round.”
Bridewell, however, remaining with the team he sat out the end of 2013 with, was able to concentrate on finding a fast base setting, something he achieved despite a major crash on day three.
“The tests have been really beneficial. Cartagena was really good, although we had a small crash which was just annoying more than anything else. I was feeling comfortable on the bike and we had been working through a few small things before we lost that bit of time. We then went to Alcarras and I was suffering a bit on the first day, which we found to be a problem with the forks after the crash. The team rebuilt the chassis and changed the forks and it completely transformed the bike and we made leaps and bounds in progress; I was 1.7 seconds faster on the second day. I am happy with how we have finished up as we are not a million miles off and we turned it around on the final day.”