The Be Wiser Kawasaki team concluded their pre-season testing last week at Donington Park before the MCE British Superbike Championship gets underway this Easter weekend, 4th - 6th April at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
The riders Chris Walker and Danny Buchan had several days in Spain at Guadix and Cartagena and both got a chance to ride their new Kawasaki ZX-10R. The pair were able to complete several successful testing sessions and were consistently in the top six on the time sheets, plus they got the chance to work alongside their new team for the 2015 season.
They then headed to a very contrasting and extremely cold Donington Park last week for the official MCE British Superbike media day. Danny had a good day out on track ending up second quickest behind current British Champion Shane Byrne. Chris Walker was only out on track in the afternoon session and suffered some bad luck, with a few minor glitches, which resulted in him missing out on some valuable track time.
Danny Buchan - "Spain was really good for us and it was a good opportunity to get together as a new team and work closely to sort my new bike for the season. We managed to do several laps out there and this gave me a really good chance to find a good base set up on the Kawasaki.
It was freezing at Donington and also wet in the morning so we missed the first session as we didn't want to risk any unnecessary damage the week before the season starts! I have totally had to change my riding style from the Superstock machine to the Superbike and the knowledge and experience that comes within the Be Wiser team gives me that confidence to do that and quickly. We still have several things to test and will be doing so at round one but I'm sure we can just get stronger and stronger and I really am looking forward to this season with the new team."
Chris Walker - "Spain was a good opportunity for the team to get together and work together for this new venture. I am lucky as I have several members of my team that I have worked with for many years so it was nice to get back out on track on the Kawasaki.
We had a few issues at Donington so I was only able to compete a dozen laps throughout the day. I know Tommy and everyone within the team will ensure this problem is fixed before the first race this weekend. The Be Wiser Kawasaki team is working really well together and I am pleased to be a part of it and hope we can gain some strong results in the forthcoming season."
Tommy Hill - Team Manager - "We seem to have had a very strong winter test. With Danny topping some of the sessions in Spain and both rider being competitive is very surreal for a new British Superbike team. To think only four months ago we didn't even have a nut or bolt, to now getting some fantastic feedback from our team sponsors and the media for what we have done and the overall image of the Be Wiser Kawasaki Team.
So far we have shown we can be competitive this season but we also need to keep remembering this is going to be a tough year with an incredibly strong grid of over 35 riders. I will do everything I possibly can, within reason to support Chris and Danny and the entire team. I want to ensure I help provide them with the full package that we need to run at the sharp end. Once again a big thank you to all our team partners for supporting us in this new venture for the forthcoming season."