Bennetts British Superbike rookie Ryan Vickers is relishing the upcoming official test at a circuit he is familiar with, as the reigning Pirelli National Superstock 600 champion returns to Silverstone to continue his preparation for the season opener this Easter (April 19/20/21).
Vickers made his test debut with Lee Hardy’s RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki team at Monteblanco, completing the opening three day test before completing their European test programme with the final two days at Portimao.
“My first test went better than expected to be honest, especially when it came to doing race runs and things like that as riding the bigger bike is much harder work and there are more things to think about,” said Vickers.
It has been amazing so far making the move into Superbike and my first race run on the final day at Portimao went well and I feel like we did a lot of riding at the first two tests.”
The switch between the Superstock 600 Yamaha and the Bennetts BSB specification 1000cc Superbike has been a steep learning curve for the 20-year-old, but one that he believes he has adapted to rapidly.
“The lines and power of the Superbike has been the biggest change for me. Coming from the 600 with the wide, fast sweeping lines - the biggest difference is the lines to take to be able to put the power down on the bigger bike.
“I haven’t had any time behind the more experienced riders so far, so I had been learning it for myself and Lee has been out spotting me to give me advice and we have worked well and we still have more time in the bag.”