Yoshimura Suzuki team has put an end to their wet test at Dunlop Tires Huntsville, Ala., and finally expressed the formed impressions.
Dunlop’s figure-eight track is equipped with an extensive sprinkler system intended to simulate wet weather conditions and that is exactly what it did yesterday. It provided to the defending AMA Superbike Championship Ben Spies, six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin and two-time AMA Supersports Champion Tommy Hayden a full day of test running in the wet.
Mladin and Hayden tested only their Superbikes while Spies put in laps on both his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbikes and Superstock machines. The three managed to obtain close lap times on their average 9 laps per rider.
“This was an opportunity for all three riders to get more wet weather testing and increase our knowledge for wet weather settings on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000s. It was also an opportunity to test product for Dunlop. Although Ben is running the Superstock bike as well, this test was primarily for Superbikes.” said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Don Sakakura.
“I requested this test after getting beat in the rain at Road America. It’s been very good for me because we don’t usually get time to practice in the wet. It’s been good to get a feel for the tires and Dunlop was happy to have us come.”
“It’s not so good for me because Mat is practicing starts and riding in the rain! Seriously, it’s been a good test. Even though I feel pretty comfortable in the rain, it can’t hurt to get more time in the wet on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Also, it’s always good to get a chance to help out Dunlop with tire development.”
“This wet test has been pretty good. It’s almost like playing. We don’t usually get to ride in the rain. When we do ride in the rain, it’s in a race and then we have to focus on racing. So this gives us a chance to try some new stuff and have some fun.”
As you can see, the riders concluded for my by agreeing that this session of tests is extremely important and it brings them important information on riding in the wet.