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swan_yamahaThe Swan Yamaha team made its debut today at the opening testing session for the 2011 British Superbike season at the Calafat circuit in Spain. The Swan Yamaha team, which consists of Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty, will have a little over a month to prepare for the opening round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike season which starts on Easter weekend at Brands Hatch.

“I have a great feeling from the team and bike already even after the first day,” Hill said. “Obviously the bike is going to feel very different to what I have previously ridden, but my initial reaction is that the Swan Yamaha is impressive.

“We started on the basics today to keep things simple and then we will gradually introduce electronics very slowly so that we know what we are improving. Tonight we hope to iron out a few little teething problems we had with the quick shifter, but so far we are happy with the progress.”

Laverty and Hill spent most of the day getting used to the track and the new bike. They will continue testing tomorrow where they plan to start pushing their Yamahas around the track.

“It has been a good day and as an initial shakedown we have done some good work,” Laverty said. “We mainly worked on the fundamentals and positioning this morning before really making any major changes and towards the end of the day our last few runs were showing improvement, which shows the potential for when we really start pushing on.

“Tomorrow we are going to start looking at working with the electronics and the suspension now that we have done the basics. The Swan Yamaha is really an advanced bit of kit and I am finishing the first day happy, so we are looking forward to getting back out tomorrow.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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