Gary Mason is looking forward to putting more laps on the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-10R at this weekend's BSB meeting at Silverstone. The MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider ran the new prototype for the first time at Donington and was encouraged by its' initial performance.
With a weekend's worth of information gathered, Mason is hoping to make further progress and take the new bike to its' first points.
“It was good to get out at Silverstone last week, you can concentrate on making changes and not be chasing lap times. The lads spent some time on the fuel mapping side to make it a bit more user friendly, so getting on and off the throttle was tamed. It was definitely less vicious and more progressive. I'm excited for this weekend to be honest, let's hope the weather stays dry and we can get some decent results given the spec of the bike.”
Team Owner Nick Morgan agrees with Mason, believing the team are better prepared than they were at Donington and can't wait to get down to business tomorrow.
“We've been pretty busy in the break since Donington both in the workshop and out on track. We've made some interesting changes to the '2012' bike with the way the power comes in within the tight confines of the rules to try and get it to be a more gentle on the tyres. Gary and the team understand the bike better now so we should be more prepared when we start lapping on Friday at Silverstone.”
In the opposite side of the garage, Ian Lowry will continue to ride the 2011 machine and is hoping to avoid the qualifying issues he encountered at Donington.
“It was great to get some seat time on the bike at Silverstone, we made good progression and definitely found some direction. I arrived at Donington having never ridden a 2011 ZX-10R so I understand it more now. You have to hit the ground running and can't develop at the race so this was ideal and I need to get a good grid position for the weekend. I've never raced a Superbike round there but have on a Superstocker and I like the track so I can't wait!”