We are in a very privileged position; after weeks of begging phone calls to race teams and manufacturers, they finally gave in and allowed us to ride the hottest race bikes this side of MotoGP.
Here's what we thought out the most successful race bike of the year, BMW Superstock S1000RR...
Due to Ian Hutchinson’s injuries the bike has been converted to right foot change and also sports a thumb- operated rear brake. Oddly, it didn’t feel too unnatural braking heavily and knocking back the gears, which meant going up with my right foot. But Donington Park’s Coppice was hard work. short-shifting and using my inside foot.
They’ve managed to keep its inherent stability and have precise steering at the same time; it’s a clever trick performed by TAS in partnership with K-Tech suspension. The standard Brembo stoppers are impressive, but not as eye- popping as I was expecting.
The power can be described in a similar fashion; it’s completely linear – and deceptively fast. It doesn’t feel too quick until you realise the track furniture is whizzing past at great speed.
Click here to read what we made of our first ride with Jonathan Rea's WSB ZX-10R.
Our Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, was filmed riding Hutchy's bike thanks to the uber cool people of @olficamera:
Here is also Christian Iddon in 360 degree format, also filmed by Olfi using their prototype 360 VR Solution, using two Olfi 1.5 cameras (available to purchase soon):