JG Speedfit’s Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey have had a flying start to the 2018 season with a two-day test at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain last week.

They joined riders from World Superbikes for the first pre-season outing for the team on 23rd and 24th January.

Across the two days, it was an opportunity for both riders to work on the setup of their bikes ahead on the upcoming season and gain valuable time on the track.

Leon, who was injured in the final race of the 2017 season, said after testing: “I wasn’t fit for the November test, so what we tested then I went back over to ensure we are going in the right direction and for sure we now already have a much-improved package to take back to Spain in March.

“Whilst not pushing lap times, I lapped faster than I ever have on a BSB spec bike and only 0.2 sec slower than the factory Pata Yamaha riders.

“I have been training in Spain since the start of January and that continues well in to Feb, then it’s back to the UK before our final testing in March.”

Luke is hoping to bounce back after a disappointing end to the 2017 season. After testing he remarked: “It was great to be back on the bike and I have to say, the new 2018 machine is a huge improvement on last year’s bike.

“I have a complete set of new staff with me for 2018 and again this has worked so well. I feel in a much stronger position than I ever have been in pre-season testing.

“We can now get in the gym training for a month before heading back to Spain in March for a massive six days on track.”

JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team Manager, Jack Valentine, said: “It’s always good to get the season underway, especially in January, and with the opportunity to test alongside the whole of the WSBK field for 2018.

“This is our second test for 2018 and was to go over the changes we already made at our initial test back in November. Both riders worked well together and completed over 120 laps over the two days to evaluate new products.

“The test went very well and we are now in a position to work on the new products and setup through February so we are ready for the March tests which lead into the season.”