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Strong European Tests For Crescent Suzuki

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Crescent Suzuki has concluded its pre-season testing in Spain and Portugal with Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet completing a successful four days‰Ûª work.

After the difficult conditions endured at Portimao, the two days spent at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit proved well-timed, with dry and sunny conditions allowing a detailed testing schedule for both Lowes and de Puniet‰Ûªs latest-specification Suzuki GSX-R1000s.

Jerez saw the team work with suspension provider Ohlins on new front fork and rear shock settings, implement a new engine-brake strategy to improve corner-entry consistency, further evaluate the new 2015 specification Yoshimura engine and exhaust system; and work on general balance settings for braking stability and turning to discover the GSX-R‰Ûªs best performance over race distance.

The test saw Lowes complete over 170 laps of the AndalucÌ_an asphalt, de Puniet totalling 140, with competitive stints set during both detailed setting and longer runs. The British racer posted the test‰Ûªs second fastest lap on race tyres, a 1.41.0, and improved further to a 1.40.1 on a qualifying Pirelli to leave him sixth quickest on the sheets.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy with the testing over the past four days." Lowes said. "The team is working really well and we did a good job overall with our consistency and speed.

"I‰Ûªm working hard to improve my approach to testing and the technical development, and I think we put in a very solid, consistent performance here at Jerez. I rode a lot of laps and most importantly I enjoyed every one! I took a decent step on the qualifying tyre but it was still within the target of ‰ÛÏno mistakes‰Û

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