‘WE’VE MADE BIG STEPS’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SHAUN MUIR SMR RAC­ING TEAM PRIN­CI­PAL

“We have been re­ceived re­ally well and made sure ev­ery­thing is cov­ered from freight, from the lo­gis­ti­cal side of things to hav­ing the riders at chat shows and the un­veil­ing of the team and the launch. It has been ab­so­lutely ex­cep­tional. To get our own ded­i­cated slot to do a launch was re­ally im­pres­sive and every ef­fort has been made.

“The on-track side of it was dif­fi­cult to mea­sure so the only bench­mark we could re­ally use was to see how we com­pared to the other BMW riders.

“On Mon­day af­ter­noon in test­ing we were slightly con­cerned as to where we were on the grid. Come Tues­day we con­sol­i­dated that be­cause we knew we were hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Every ses­sion we have made big steps, not tak­ing tenths like the top guys are do­ing, but two and three tenths per ses­sion out of our times. In race one on Satur­day I felt we had a good level and were on tar­get with the Althea BMWS of Jordi Tor­res and Markus Reit­er­berger. Changes again overnight have taken us an­other step closer.

“I be­lieve that we are on par with the other BMW guys leav­ing here.

“I did not think we would get there af­ter Mon­day and Tues­day’s test­ing but I am re­ally happy that we have got to that point here on Sun­day night.”

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