add icon Page 1 boat-wheel icon boat icon brochure icon Calendar call-white icon call icon car-doors icon check icon chevron-down icon chevron-left icon chevron-right icon chevron-up icon close-alt icon close-light icon close icon coin-euro icon coin-pound icon curve-arrow icon dealer-website icon double-down-chevron icon down-chevron icon down-scroller icon download icon drivetrain icon email-white icon email icon engine icon Enlarge enlarge icon envelop icon facebook icon fuel icon hand-indicator icon Home outline Combined Shape info icon instagram icon lightning icon location-solid icon Location Icon location icon Meida Icon our-website icon remove icon rotate icon Search Icon shaft-standard icon shaft icon slider-chevron icon spanner icon speedometer icon star-full icon star-half icon star-none icon steering-wheel icon suzuki-logo-s icon test-drive icon blue tick Layer 1 tilt icon transmission icon twitter icon Warning Icon weight icon youtube icon
BRAD RAY TESTS GSX-RR MOTOGP

BRAD RAY TESTS GSX-RR MOTOGP MACHINE AT SEPANG

Back to news

Bradley Ray has completed his debut MotoGP test, after riding Suzuki's GSX-RR at Sepang at the weekend.

The British Superbike race-winner enjoyed two sessions on one of Sylvain Guintoli's test bikes as he joined the team for a private shakedown test in Malaysia, where preparations were being carried out ahead of the official test later this week.

It was the first time Ray - who will again contest the British Superbike Championship with the Buildbase Suzuki team in 2019 - had ridden a MotoGP prototype racer and been to Sepang, so he had a lot to learn.

Wide-eyed, he said afterwards, "Honestly, it was unreal. First time down the back straight it nearly pulled me off the back, genuinely. My superbike is fast but this was another step again. It pulls in every single gear, including sixth. The carbon brakes were incredible and the gearbox was amazing. I couldn't stop smiling.

"But it was also really nice to ride. It was really smooth and the electronics so sophisticated. I was nervous but I was also able to just jump on it and ride it after a bit of a tutorial from Sylvain and the team.

"I'm very grateful to the team, it was a special day and an incredible experience. It's something I dreamed about as a kid and it's somewhere I've always dreamed of getting. Hopefully this isn't my only taste."

Ray also enjoyed a number of laps on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000R, which both helped him to learn the circuit and help with the team's superbike. It also allowed him to bring ideas back to the UK for him and the Buildbase Suzuki team to try in testing.

He added, "I was able to learn the circuit on the Yoshimura bike, which was a big help. It was also good to work with the team again after racing at Suzuka last year. Even though their bike is a different spec to ours for their championship, there were still bits we worked on that we can take and try in BSB."