BSB title contender John Brookes got his first taste of the all-new YZF-R1s during his Milwaukee Yamaha team’s first shakedown test.
The private test, which took place in Alcarras in Spain, also featured Yamaha teams from the Endurance World Championship, IDM German Superbike and European Superstock 1000 series, providing a unique opportunity for Yamaha Motor Europe’s Racing Division to capture valuable data to further develop the YZF-R1 ahead of its maiden season.
Brookes admitted the team still had a lot of hard work ahead of next month’s opener, but he was happy the direction the team was heading. He said: “I felt a bit rusty on the first day on track after the winter off, but we soon sorted that out with the more time I had on the bike. The third day on the bike was where we had a key turning point and we started to see a real good direction. We made more progress today after the first two days of just seeing what worked because of it being a new bike. Everyone in the team has been getting on really well and the bike has been faultless in terms of we have had no mechanical issues throughout the test. We have ended this test today in a good position, knowing we still have more to do, but feeling positive.”
Team manager Mick Shanley was equally upbeat with the team’s progress. He said: “From my perspective we have finished this test and I am really happy with the initial results. To come here with the bikes that hadn’t turned a wheel and to have no technical problems with all three bikes running smoothly throughout is really positive. We have been working through everything and we know there are areas still to work on but I am really happy with how this initial shakedown has gone. We leave here with a positive feel for the new bike and we are now looking forward to the official BSB test and the opening races at Donington Park.”