Ellison and Westmoreland looking forward to Donington Park test

by Joshua Close

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki duo of James Ellison and James Westmoreland are feeling confident ahead of the final one-day test at Donington Park, following successful tests out in Spain.

The team have just returned to the United Kingdom following tests at the Cartagena and Gaudix circuits.

Both Ellison and Westmoreland worked through a number of new settings on their Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja Superbikes during their time in Spain.

Following the tests, Ellison said: “It’s been an incredible seven days on track and I’m feeling really confident ahead of Donington now. Everyone at JG Speedfit Kawasaki have put their all in at Cartagena and Guadix and we’ve worked through a whole variety of parts and settings to get a base that we’re happy with.

“Although we were not trying for a lap time at any of the tests, we’ve been there or there about every day which is really encouraging. I’m now looking forward to ironing a few more things out at Donington ahead of round one where I’ll be going for GBmoto’s first win!”

With the ZX-R10 Ninja now having had over a year’s development, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki crew worked on a number of new engine and chassis settings ahead of the new season.

Westmoreland used the two Spanish tests to get to grips with the Kawasaki, having spent last season on board a Buildbase BMW machine.

The 26 year-old said: “It’s been a mega seven days on track and I really couldn’t be happier! Apart from the crash at the end, Cartagena was very positive but it was more about shaking off the winter rust and getting the bike set-up, so it was at Guadix where the bike began to feel like my own. We all worked as a team to get through everything we had planned and I’m feeling really comfortable on the Kawasaki.

“The team are now going back to work on some of the things we’ve learnt and I’m already itching to get back out at Donington and see how we fare against everyone else.”

Now back in the UK the team will now strip the bikes down, before rebuilding them once more using all of the knowledge gained from the two Spanish tests.

GBmoto Racing Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen, is also happy with how the tests have gone and is confident ahead of the new campaign.

He said: “I’m incredibly proud of the work the entire team have put in over the course of the seven days in Spain. They have all worked exhaustingly to allow us to get through an extensive testing program, which saw both Ellison and Westy methodically test the full depth and breadth of parts and set-up options, we wanted.

“We’ll now go back and review everything we have learned, stripping both Superbikes before building them as an optimised package ahead of our next test at Donington. When I look at where we are compared to last year I’m confident that we’ll be challenging from the off at round one.” 

The final one-day test at Donington Park takes place on Thursday 26 March, with the first round of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship taking place between April 4-6.


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