Honda Racing’s John McGuinness and Conor Cummins have been in action this week with a two-day test at Castle Combe in preparation for the start of their road-racing season.
The first day of the test saw the Honda squad greeted with mixed weather conditions, but inbetween the snow and rain showers the team were able to gain good track time. Wednesday saw a full day on track, where McGuinness and Cummins were able to try different settings on their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines.
Both riders tested different tyre compounds, electronics and suspension options to fine-tune settings ahead of the upcoming North West 200, which is being held from May 10 to 14.
Many racers regard Castle Combe as the perfect testing ground for the road racing season, thanks in part to its bumpy surface.
McGuinness, who is looking to add to his haul of 23 TT wins, said: “It has been a really solid test this week we had a few things to work through, which we managed and it’s all been really positive.
“It’s the same CBR I love and adore, but we can’t stand still as the competition is really strong so we have to make a few small changes here and there so we’re ready. I’m feeling great at the moment and I’ve been faster here than ever before, so I’m feeling really confident. I’ve got a great package with the team, the CBR and there’s no reason not to bring any trophies home this year.”
Tesm-mate Conor Cummins admitted the test had been hard work as the team looked to get a decent base setting for his assault on the roads. He said: “We had quite a bit to work through over the test with different settings for the electronics, engine and also the suspension but I’m leaving here quietly confident with what we’ve achieved, and just can’t wait to get racing now.”