It was a baptism of fire for the all-new 2017 Honda Fireblade as it made its MCE British Superbike debut at Donington Park this weekend with Jason O’Halloran and Dan Linfoot struggling to break into the top ten.
The Louth-based squad, which finished fourth and fifth in the series with Linfoot and O’Halloran last year, has faced an uphill struggle since the late delivery of their new machinery just three months before the season’s start.
“It’s been a difficult start to the season and we know we have been on the back foot a little,” admitted team boss Havier Beltran. “I know Dan and Jason aren’t too happy, I can see that in them, they want to be at the front and they are capable of that.”
The squad have drafted in help from tuning firm Mugen Euro to work on the new electronic throttle connection as the they move away from the conventional cable throttle system, and Beltran is confident of turning things around by Round 4 at Knockhill when a number of new parts will also be available.
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