Team Appleyard Macadam Integro Yamaha are back home and filled with confidence after a successful four day test in Cartagena, Spain.

The team got their first chance to get to grips with the new Yamaha YZF-R6 machines and also show off the team’s new colour scheme as they move away from silver and burgundy to Yamaha Racing Blue.

Both Jack Kennedy and Brad Jones eventually arrived at the circuit in the south of Spain after lengthy delays due to last week’s weather and excitedly got their first run out on Thursday. They completed four days of testing, with a couple of small crashes the only disruption to report, as they both completed over 150 laps getting to grips with new R6 Yamaha.

The team now have a day at Donington Park on the 20th March before round one of the Dickies British Supersport Championship on Easter weekend.

Jack Kennedy

“I’m really satisfied with how the test went at Cartagena. I feel as a team we made a plenty of progress over the four days with lots of valuable track time and have a good understanding with the bike and each other.”

“We concentrated on long runs, tyre life and got to work through everything we wanted to with regard to set up and electronics so have come away confident and fast. My lap times came without pushing too hard which is always good, doing over a dozen 1.35's with our best being a 1.35.1 so we are very happy with that.”


“The new Yamaha R6 is a great bit of kit, I couldn't ask for more. The team worked flawlessly and I feel we already have a great connection with both team and bike so I can't wait to get out at Donington now because I think it will be great there.”

Brad Jones

“Testing was a success. For me it was about adjusting and getting a feel for the new Yamaha R6 and the Supersport bike as a whole.”

“The new R6 is a good improvement compared to last year’s bike. The front end gives a much more planted feeling, which gave me more confidence to push the front."


"The team have done a great job in building these new bikes and worked tirelessly over the week.”

“My times were competitive and I was feeling at home on the bike almost immediately. One more test at Donington to dial the last few things in and we’ll be ready to go.”

Robin Appleyard, Team Manager

Robin Appleyard said:


“The test had a few rain and strong wind disruptions, but overall we got done what we hoped we would. Without doubt the new R6 is a big improvement. Alex and the staff have done a great job with it.”

We wish the team the best of luck for the first round at Donington on 20th March!