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MCE BSB teams wrap up In Spain ready for UK return

Thursday, March 27 2014

MCE British Superbike Championship tests have wrapped up in Spain with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne setting the pace with teams now preparing for official UK tests, including Snetterton on 8/9 April.

Byrne had held his position at the top but the positions continued to change throughout the three days, with the teams continued their development work ahead of the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch this Easter.

Stuart Easton on the second Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki joined his team-mate in the final session of the day for some formation flying laps which moved the Scot up the order to second in the closing stages. Easton's improvement showed he was continuing to move forward after his high-speed crash on the opening day that lost him the afternoon session.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki ended their opening test positively with Dan Linfoot  setting the third fastest time set in the morning session of the final day, edging out Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki's Chris Walker's best lap of yesterday.  James Ellison was just 0.142s adrift of his team-mate, setting his best time on the final day as they continued to make further changes throughout the day in preparation for the official tests.

Howie Mainwaring set his best lap on day two, but continued to make positive steps forward with the Quattro Plant Kawasaki with Martin Jessopp on the RidersRacing BMW closing to within 0.228s on combined times.

Almeria test, combined times (three days)

1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:35.747s
2. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.878s
3. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.900s
4. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki) +1.053s
5. James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki) +1.195s
6. Howie Mainwaring (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +1.251s
7. Martin Jessopp (RidersMotorcycles.com BMW) +1.479s

Entry to Snetterton for the official test on April 8/9 is free of charge to the public.

The countdown is on to the start of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this Easter weekend (18/19/20/21 April). Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 0843 453 9000 or clicking   here.