JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s three riders are full of excitement and are raring to go this weekend as the 2016 MCE British Superbike season gets underway.
The team have been active in the rider market over the winter, bringing in Peter Hickman and former World Superbike rider Leon Haslem to ride alongside James Ellison.
The team have gone through an extensive winter testing programme across Spain and the UK to help develop and perfect the new Kawasaki ZX-10R machine.
Ellison won the opening race of the year last season and he is more than ready to get going again this year.
He said: “I can’t wait to get going! I’ve had a good history at Silverstone, we currently hold the lap record and I led both races last year but some tyre issues prevented us from showing our true form.
“It’s been a busy winter with testing, and the team hasn’t stopped working. We’ve still got a few things to try during practice this weekend, but I think we’re in a good place. My first impressions of the ZX-10R were very positive and that hasn’t changed since, it’s a completely new bike still so we still have some things to refine but its potential is strong.”
Haslam returns to the championship following seven years in WSBK and he will be looking to win his first BSB title in 2016.
The 32-year-old has finished as the runner-up in BSB on two occasions – in 2006 and 2008. He finished last week’s official tests on top of the timing sheets and is hoping to continue in form into the weekend.
Haslam said: “I really can’t wait to get racing. It’s been a long winter and although we’ve covered plenty of miles in testing I just want to get out and race now! I don’t think we could have worked any harder during testing and that means we’re in a real good position to come out and get some great results from the off.
“Topping the timesheets here in the test last week is positive and definitely means we come into this weekend confident. Silverstone is a great circuit to make my BSB return too, it’s a Grand Prix level track and one I love to race on…so roll on Sunday!”
Hickman made the switch from the RAF Reserves team after an impressive season in 2015. Hickman ended the year ninth overall, with three podiums to his name.
Ahead of the new season, Hickman said: “It’s the same for James and Leon, I’m really looking forward to getting out there and racing again. We’ve had a really extensive testing programme this winter, which means we’re in a great position for round one. Behind the scenes, everyone in the team has been flat out to get us here so full credit to them and hopefully we can repay them with some good results.
“Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits and I’ve had some great results in the past, so I’m excited to see what me and the Kawasaki can do this weekend.”
The first free practice session at Silverstone gets underway at 10.15am this Friday.