Testing time for Ryan in Spain

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BRECHIN motorcyclist Ryan Watson, has just returned from a pre-season trip to Spain, where he was tested to the limit ahead of the forthcoming season.

Having put his three young riders through four tough days of testing Team Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing Manager Robin Appleyard returned from Spain last week and pronounced the trip a complete success.

“There were no dramas, no heroes, just loads of honest endeavour with all three lads getting plenty of miles under their belts,” he said.

“I’m confident they will all kick on from here and the team will have a successful season.”

After only just missing out on the 125cc championship last season Deane Brown has stepped up to Junior 600 Superstock.

It is quite a challenge and, whilst his lap times gradually improved, his manager feels he needs more track time to adjust properly, which he will get in the next few weeks.

Having performed so impressively to finish fourth in the Supersport 600 Championship last time out Jack Kennedy is out to impress again.

As he showed out at Cartagena he certainly has the commitment and talent and with three of last year’s nearest rivals having moved on he also has the incentive.

To many thirteen-year-olds riding for a new team on a 125cc race bike for the first time would prove to be a daunting experience.

Ryan Watson, however, was not overawed.

He got quicker and quicker with each session and, in the end, was posting some very impressive times.

Further test dates have been set up at Brands Hatch and Snetterton before the season starts over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

In the meantime, however, Deane and Jack have been given wild card entries in their respective classes at the secnd round of the World Superbike Championship which takes place at Donnington Park on Sunday, March 27.

In the paddock the riders will be in the same experienced hands as last season.

Alex Smith will be looking after Deane’s bike; Will Robinson will take charge of Jack’s bike and Richard Slinn making sure Ryan’s bike is really revving.