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The #honda WorldSBK Team has completed the first test of the winter season today at the MotorLand Aragón circuit in #spain. This has been the first outing on board the #honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine for new signing #stefanbradl, who with #nickyhayden completes the team's line-up for the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship.
The two days on track were blessed with glorious weather which, despite low temperatures in the morning, allowed all teams to make the most of the 7-hour per day track-time available to them. Using the same machine he raced for the whole 2016 season, Hayden tried some new components with an eye to the future, including new electronics complying to next year's regulations, a new 2017-spec front fork from Öhlins and new brake components. Hayden's 1'50.8s was the fastest lap-time among the 132 recorded by the 35-year-old American over the course of the two days.
Only a few days after the end of his MotoGP season, #stefanbradl joined the #honda WorldSBK Team on track for the first time as he got to grips with the Fireblade machine, as well as with Pirelli tyres and steel brakes. The former Moto2 Champion quickly got up to speed and was able to start working with the team on some early set-up changes. Despite not focusing on pure speed in what was his very first experience of production-based motorcycle #racing, Bradl clocked a fastest time in 1'51.1 and completed a considerable amount of laps (134), which included two encouraging long runs.
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