After a long winter, Spirit Moto Corsa were finally able to get back on track at the first day of the official British Superbike Silverstone test.
New signing Jamie Perrin made his debut on the Spirit SP2, while Mason Law climbed back onboard as he began his British GP2 title defence.
The riders tackled the national layout of the circuit, with the day consisting of four 30 minute sessions that were mostly in bitterly cold conditions.
Heavy overnight rain meant that the first session of the day at 9am was a quiet one, as the track was still sodden. Mason completed just four laps, while Jamie didn’t venture out on track.
By the time the second session got underway conditions had significantly improved. This meant both riders were able to head out on slick tyres.
Mason was third fastest in GP2 with a lap time of 58.171 seconds. Meanwhile, Jamie got his first experience on his new bike and placed a respectable seventh, setting a 58.933.
Following lunch, it was straight back out on track for the third session of the day. Jamie was soon able to prove that he was making hasty progress, improving on his previous best lap by half a second to set a 58.478.
This was enough to place him sixth in the GP2 classification directly behind Mason, who improved marginally on his personal best by putting in a 58.083.
After returning to the garage at the midway point of the session, a red flag with seven minutes remaining prevented the riders from going out for a second stint.
A suspension issue unfortunately then delayed the start of Jamie’s final session by 15 minutes, meaning he could only complete a further eight laps.
Mason, on the other hand, enjoyed a fruitful end to the day where he was able to make improvements to his bike’s setup and set his best time of the day, a 57.692.
In the combined classification for the day, Mason was third fastest in GP2 while Jamie placed seventh.
The day’s pacesetter in the class was Dan Jones (iForce Lloyd & Jones PR Racing). The Welshman showed some impressive speed, setting a best lap of 56.831, clearly making good use of the older-specification Spirit that he will be using this season.
Speaking about his day, Mason Law said: “It was good to be back on the bike after what has been a long off season for me. I didn’t know how I was going to feel having not thrown my leg over a bike since the last round of 2020 at Brands Hatch. I felt a lot more ‘racey’ than I was expecting.”
“Obviously re-signing with the team puts me in a nice position where I am getting back on my own bike, so there was a lot less work to be done for me. This year I’ve got a new crew, so they have a lot to learn with the bike and we worked on that throughout the day.”
“We had to get the first test out of the way safely without any accidents. We didn’t go too crazy and just achieved what we had to. Now we are all hands on deck to improve for the next test, as we start to ramp up the testing programme to be as strong as possible at the opening round.”
The team’s next outing will be at the Snetterton test next week.