MOTORBIKE star Luke Hedger is pleased with his preparations ahead of the Bennetts British Superbikes campaign after two tests with his new team.

The Hereford motorcyclist started his preparations at an official test session at Silverstone.

Hedger not only has a new team but is also riding aboard a new manufacturer, going from Kawasaki to the Suzuki GSXR and is new to fatherhood.

It was thought all this might be a challenge but Hedger, true to form, gave an impressive performance taking to the new bike like a duck to water.

He completed all four sessions throughout the day getting a fastest lap time of 55.510 placing him 10th overall.

After such a high leaving the first test, Hedger had been forewarned about the weather during a second test session at Snetterton.

However, his new Jones Dorling Racing team were not quite expecting the velocity of the wind combined with the cold temperatures of the track over the three days.

Although Hedger did manage to get out aboard the Jones Dorling Suzuki GSXR he only got six laps in, but still managed to produce an excellent performance placing him sixth overall over the three days.

“The first test was awesome,” said Hedger.

“For my first test day back after winter and my first time on the Suzuki I got down to some fast times quickly, finishing only 0.4 of top spot.

“I am mega happy and I can’t thank my team enough for their hard work and the work they did over the winter period.

“At Snetterton I only achieved six laps due to bad weather but within those laps I felt really good, so I am looking forward to the next test to see how far I can really push the bike now.”

The next stop for the Jones Dorling Racing team will be the third official Bennetts British Superbikes test at the rural MSV Oulton Park circuit where spectators will be allowed at the track for the first time since 2019 after Government Covid-19 guidelines were eased