Despite changeable track conditions, due to inconsistent weather embarking upon Silverstone, Tuesday’s British Superbike Championship test session, still proved extremely productive for various International roads greats.
RST Superbike TT lap record holder Dean Harrison, piloting the new look Silicone Engineering Kawasaki Superbike, which this year carries a distinctive blue, green and white livery, completed 62 laps of the famous Silverstone circuit, setting a best lap time of 56.184 seconds.
Marginally quicker than Harrison yesteryear on the overall time sheets, was Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki’s James Hillier, who banked nigh on 50 laps of valuable mileage.
Fellow leading Mountain Course exponents Gary Johnson and Conor Cummins, also enjoyed a solid day of testing at Silverstone, whilst Triangle course maestro Glenn Irwin, additionally showed his proven qualities, on route to finishing overall 12th quickest.
Outside of the Superbike test sessions, yesterdays National Superstock 1000, British Supersport Championship test sessions also saw various talented pure road racing exponents in action.
This included EHA Racing’s Alastair Seeley, Dan Cooper, Craig Neve, Lee Johnston and Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Paul Jordan, who finished a very creditable 18th quickest on the overall time sheets, within the National Superstock 1000 series category.
Notable absentees at yesterdays test, Peter Hickman and Michael Dunlop, finally gained today their first mileage of 2019 aboard their brand new S1000RR BMW Superbike steeds.
Hickman and Dunlop, remaining this year with the BMW Motorrad supported Smiths Racing, Tyco BMW squads, sampled their new mounts respectively at Cadwell Park and Bishopcourt.
It remains to be seen as to whether the lack of testing aboard their new Superbike mounts, will hamper the most recent Senior TT champions respective quests for more International roads success.
Words by Stevie Rial