Bennetts British Superbike rookie Ryan Vickers came away from his first race weekend with two point-scoring finishes and believes there is no reason to rush his development.
Vickers was plucked from the Superstock 600 class by Lee Hardy’s RAF Reserves Kawasaki team and, after showing good speed in testing, bagged 12th and 15th place finishes at Silverstone.
“The weekend’s gone really good for me to be honest, I mean a bonus as always is we’ve had no crashes during the weekend and we stayed on the bike and learned loads,” said Vickers.
“From FP1 we was 25th or 26th and in the races we’ve had two points finishes, 12th and 15th. We made a change for the second race which didn’t really work but you’ve got to try these things and we’re all learning.
“The team’s learning how I like to ride and I’m learning how I like to ride on a Superbike as it’s completely different to anything I’ve ever done and to be honest to be able to come away with maximum experience I’m as happy as I’m going to be.
There’s no need to rush, it’s a long season and to be scoring points now is a great way to begin. This is what we need to keep doing, just improving each time.
“There’s no point rushing, trying to go from top 15 to podium – there’s no point trying. I know I can do it but we just got to find how to do it.
“I know in myself I can ride a bike that well and I can go to the pace of the front group but we’ve just got to bide our time and learn how to do it.
“We’re getting better and better and I’m feeling better on the bike and I feel like we can do really well this season.”