JG Speedfit Kawasaki look to build on successful start to the season


JG Speedfit Kawasaki and James Ellison will be looking to extend their championship lead this weekend as the MCE British Superbike Championship returns at Snetterton.

Ellison heads into round four of the championship with an eight point lead over Shane Byrne after picking up three victories from the opening six races.

The team have been working on a number of different set-ups for Snetterton which is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar thanks to its two long straights, where riders reach speeds of 180mph.

Ellison finished third in the official test at the Norfolk circuit and is confident that he can challenge for race wins once again this Sunday.

He said: “I can’t wait to be back out on the Kawasaki! It feels like a long time since Oulton Park and the Snetterton test so I’m counting down the time until first practice. We had a really strong test at Snetterton, and although Josh [Brookes] was incredibly quick, our race pace is right there and I’m confident we can be battling with him and Shakey for the top step of the podium come Sunday.

“I really like Snetterton as a track too, I remember when they changed it I was a bit gutted but as soon as I rode the new layout for the first time I loved it. We had a good round here last year with a double podium and the bikes moved on loads since then, so fingers crossed for some good weather and a repeat performance… just higher up the box this time!”

It has been a different story on the other side of the garage, with James Westmoreland struggling to get to grips with his new machine following his move from Buildbase BMW at the end of last season.

Despite issues early-on in the season Westmoreland showed signs of improvement last time out at Oulton Park, securing his first points-scoring finishes of the year.

Looking ahead to Snetterton, Westmoreland said: “I’m really looking forward to Snetterton. It’s a circuit I’ve had some good success at over the years, even claiming my first rostrum here in Supersport. Obviously this year hasn’t started quite how we wanted, but the test here in May proved really important as it highlighted some areas of the bike we need to improve to get me more comfortable.

“We’ll be working on these areas from first practice, which hopefully we’ll be able to solve on Friday – meaning we can then focus on improving our pace and getting myself and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki up where we belong!”

The team achieved a couple of podium finishes at the 2014 race meeting at Snetterton and despite having been busy with the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT events, are more then ready to challenge for victories once again this year.

Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen, added: “Although it has been a particularly busy few weeks for GBmoto Racing with our Roads campaign, we haven’t rested on our laurels and have been actively improving our British Superbikes ahead of this weekend at Snetterton.

“Both Ellison and Westy enjoyed a strong test here in May and I’m confident that we’ll be challenging at the front again this weekend as we look to return to the top step of the podium and extend our series lead. Although it’s the end of the year where it matters, leading the series at this point having won half of the races so far is incredibly encouraging, and now we’re here we want to stay at the top!”