NIALL Campbell has been getting to grips with his 2012 machine in his first outing of the year at Donington Park.

The Young Riders Fund-supported teenager joined Grant Racing team-mates Matthew Paulo and Jamie Perrin at a No Limits Trackdays event last week to test his new Yamaha R6 for the first time.

The aim of the day was to get as many laps as possible under his belt to get comfortable with the bike and try and find a good base setting.

It was also a chance to get a feel for the latest K-Tech suspension which he will use for the first time in 2012.

But things got off to a slow start when the weather played its hand with overnight rain delaying the start of the track time.

Campbell sat out of the first two sessions, and when a dry line appeared shortly before the third session he used it has his cue to hit the track, venturing out on dry tyres.

The surface was still slippery, ruling out the chance of any quick laps but he was pleased to have a chance to finally get out on track, and was even happier to find it had dried further after lunch.

This time he was able to get a consistent rhythm and was soon within 1.5secs of his best race laps last year, which he and the team were happy with given the track conditions.

“It was a really good test,” he said. “I’m getting a lot of feedback from the K-Tech suspension which is giving me bags of confidence.

“Next time we will try a lighter spring on the rear, but other than that the settings were fine. The only other change I made was to the clip on positions.”

And although track conditions were far from perfect, he admits he is pleased with how the day went, particularly with his own physical fitness.

“It was really good to get back on the bike and I already feel my winter training has paid off. We did more than 40 laps and I didn’t get the usual aches and pains afterwards.

“I’d like to thank No Limits Trackdays for managing to accommodate me at the last minute and finding me a place at very short notice.”

Niall Campbell will be back in action later this month at the official MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch and Snetterton on March 21 and 22.

*Action image by Peter Wileman Photography