2 March 2017
Anvil Hire Yamaha ready and raring for three day Jerez test
The long-awaited winter is over for the Derbyshire based outfit as this weekend (4th/5th/6th March) both Josh Brookes and his team mate Shaun Winfield head to Spain for their first test of 2017 at the Circuito de Jerez
After months of development and hard work behind the scenes in the Swadlincote workshop, the Anvil Hire Yamaha team are ready for three days of hard work in the Spanish sun in preparation for the up and coming British Superbike season.
The Jerez circuit, based in Southern Spain, is the ultimate testing ground for the team. The nature of the Grand Prix track aids the rider in their development with the machine, and with three full days of testing planned, both Josh Brookes and Shaun Winfield are excited ahead of the trip.
Brookes, who joins up with the team for the first time this weekend is itching to get back out on track following an extremely positive wildcard in his home World Superbike race at Phillip Island. The Bringelley man experienced a challenging weekend on the Island, rounding it off by taking a brave and brilliant 12th place finish in race two, and now switches his attention to working towards his second British Superbike crown.
Winfield, who has enjoyed a winter of training, enhancing his fitness ahead of the new season fly’s out to Jerez with a heap of updates to test on his Yamaha YZF-R1. The 23-year-old knows he has a full three days ahead of him, and is ready for the challenge.
The team have new updates on many areas of the bike to work on and improve throughout the weekend, with new components in the engine, alongside suspension settings planned on during the winter.
While packing for his flight to the UK, an excited Josh Brookes said: “Everything is new at this stage, so I don’t have any preconceived ideas, I’m going there to ride the bike and find out the good points and what we can work on, get to know the team and listen to what ideas they have for the season and go from there.
“It’s going to be a shakedown test, there is a lot to take in, a lot of new people and everyone builds bikes differently, there will be a lot of things the team do that I will have to learn and take it from there. The goals are to complete a successful test, make myself comfortable on the bike, see what sort of lap times we can produce and find out what changes we can make.
“I have no worries, I’m excited. I want to see how the bike works, get to know the machine in its current form and go from there, you never know it could be the best bike I have ever ridden! But it’s all about getting to know the bike, the team and working from there, I’m very excited.
“You couldn’t find a better way to prep for a season really, I’ve already done the two test days at Phillip Island and then the three-day race weekend. If anything, I’m one step ahead of a few of the others that haven’t got back into the racing feel.”
His team mate Shaun Winfield added: “I’m really, really excited to head out to Jerez this weekend. We have three full days out on track and that’s good, because we have lots to get through.
“Jerez is a great place to test, and the nature of the track is something I really enjoy. The main objective of the test for myself is to find my speed again, feel comfortable on the bike and work through the plans we have set on my side of the garage.
“I’m also really excited to meet up with my new team mate, it’s not very often you get to race alongside a great Champion like Josh, never mind partner him in a team so I will be looking to get every piece of knowledge out of him to improve my feeling on the bike. I’m feeling fitter than I ever have at the start of any season, so I really can’t wait.”
Finally, Team Manager Gary Winfield summerised: “It’s finally time to go testing and we can’t wait, this winter has felt longer than any other but we are very excited to get out to Jerez and get to work.
“We have put in a big effort over the winter, we have many new updates to try with the bikes in the three days, and Josh will already have an idea in his head of what he needs due to his experience with the bike, so we’re not starting from zero with either him or Shaun.
“Jerez is a great place to work through our testing programme, both riders know the track and we know what we have to do. The team also welcomes some new members this season in the support crew, so we also have some gelling to do, but rest assured that won’t take long and we will be on the pace very soon.”