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BSB: Winter testing set to commence in Spain

Published: 28 February 2018

Most of the Bennetts British Superbike grid will kick start their 2018 winter testing programmes over the next week as they swap ‘snowmageddon’ for southern Spain.

The annual Cartagena Pro-Test, run by ex-Honda boss Barry Symmons, will get underway tomorrow with a large portion of the 2018 grid in attendance alongside a number of Supersport, Superstock, Motostar, Ducati Cup and road racing competitors.

The test will run until Monday with superbike teams splitting their time on track through those days.

Josh Brookes will make his debut on the McAMS Yamaha from Thursday morning alongside new team-mate Tarran Mackenzie, while Gino Rea will get his first taste of the OMG Racing Suzuki Superbike machine. Tommy Bridewell will also make his Halsall Racing return at the test.

Reigning champion Shane Byrne will be on track on the 2nd and 3rd March with team-mate Glenn Irwin and the PBM team, while Peter Hickman, Sylvain Barrier and the Smiths BMW team will be on track from 2nd-5th. MotoRapido Ducati are also in attendance with Taylor Mackenize.

Tyco BMW riders Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty will be on track for the entire test, as will Silicone Engineering’s Dean Harrison . Jake Dixon will be on track for the entire five days with the RAF Kawasaki team.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki, who started their winter testing at Jerez in November and January will return to action at Monteblanco on Monday 5th March alongside Honda Racing with the PBM team also joining them at the circuit close to Seville for the three-day test.

James Ellison's TAG Racing squad completed their Spanish testing in Cartagena last week, while Buildbase Suzuki's Bradley Ray and Richard Cooper will continue to test in the UK (when the weather improves) after their foray in Cartagena in January. 

A number of teams will head to Guadix after Cartagena/Monteblanco, ahead of the official Bennetts BSB test at Donington Park on March 20th, where the first round of the season will also commence between 31st March and 2nd April.

CARTAGENA PRO TEST – Thursday 1st March – Monday 5th March 

Rider

Team

Days on track

Sylvain Barrier

Smiths BMW

3rd – 5th

Peter Hickman

Smiths BMW

3rd-5th

Tommy Bridewell

Halsall Racing

1st – 5th

Josh Brookes

McAMS Yamaha

1st – 4th

Tarran Mackenzie

McAMS Yamaha

1st – 4th

Danny Buchan

FS3 Kawasaki

1st – 5th

Shane Byrne

Be Wiser Ducati

2nd-3rd

Glenn Irwin

Be Wiser Ducati

2nd-3rd

Jake Dixon

RAF Reserves Kawasaki

1st – 5th

Christian Iddon

Tyco BMW

1st – 5th

Michael Laverty

Tyco BMW

1st – 5th

Martin Jessopp

Riders BMW

2nd-5th

Taylor Mackenzie

MotoRapido Ducati

1st – 5th

Carl Phillips

Gearlink Kawasaki

3rd-5th

Gino Rea

OMG Racing Suzuki

1st – 5th 


MONTEBLANCO TEST – Monday 5th March – Wednesday 7th March

Rider

Team

Days on track

Dan Linfoot

Honda Racing

5th-7th

Jason O’Halloran

Honda Racing

5th-7th

Leon Haslam

JG Speedfit Kawasaki

5th-7th

Luke Mossey

JG Speedfit Kawasaki

5th-7th

Shane Byrne

Be Wiser Ducati

5th – 7th

Glenn Irwin

Be Wiser Ducati

5th – 7th

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