The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team head towards their ‘home’ circuit of Brands Hatch this weekend in search of more success following their first-ever MCE British Superbike victory at Donington Park.
James Ellison claimed the team’s first win after putting in a great performance in the first race of 2015 to beat the reigning champion, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.
With Brands Hatch being the nearest track to the GBmoto and JG Speedfit headquarters, the team can expect to have a larger fan support as they try to build on their Donington performance.
Following on from his win, Ellison now wants to add more silverware to his collection at Brands Hatch and is hopeful of securing his first double victory in BSB.
Ellison said: “It was mega to get GBmoto and JG Speedfit’s first ever BSB win at Donington Park last time out. It’s just a shame we had a small technical problem ahead of the second race which put us to the back of the grid. It was one of those things no one could have predicted but taking positives from it, I was still matching the pace of the leaders and the team has made the battery more accessible so we can change it in a matter of seconds now!
“I’m really looking forward to getting going at Brands Hatch. We had a great weekend on the Indy track last year and secured two podiums, so even though the bike has changed considerably since then, it’s a real boost that I can turn up Friday and use those settings as a base – something I’ve never been able to do before. Obviously with the number of riders on the grid, it’s going to be very busy out on track but the plan is to qualify well and if we can do that, I’m confident we can challenge for the team’s and my first ever ‘double’ win!”
James Westmoreland didn’t have much luck at Donington, his first weekend as a JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider, after having to retire from both races due to technical problems.
Westmoreland is hoping to turn his fortunes around at Brands Hatch and join his teammate on the podium.
He said: “The Indy circuit has always traditionally been the opening round of the year, so after the problems at Donington I’m treating it as just that! Obviously not finishing both races was far from ideal, but mechanical problems are not something the team is known for so I know it was a one off. They’ve worked incredibly hard since Donington to completely rebuild the bike which means we can come out fighting and get the results we know we can.
“Qualifying is always important, but it’s going to be vital to get through to the final session this weekend as with that many riders on the grid and the short nature of the circuit, times are going to be so close and we can’t afford to lose time fighting through the field. I quite like the Indy circuit and the team proved last year the ZX-10R can run at the front here so I’ll be looking to get a good setting Friday, qualify well Saturday and then get some results Sunday!”
The team had a great time at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit meeting in 2014, with Ellison finishing in third place in both races.