The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team of James Ellison and James Westmoreland have left their first pre-season test at Cartagena pleased with the progress made by the squad over the four days.
Testing a multitude of parts, including a frame with new bracing, the duo were both able to set their fastest ever lap times of the Spanish circuit. The test was marred only by a crash in the final session for Westmoreland, leaving the Yorkshireman groggy but unscathed.
Speaking after the test, Ellison said: “I think the test has been productive, we have learned a lot, working through a lot of things we wanted to do last year during the season and I am really happy with the direction we have ended up with. I have lapped over a second faster than last year on race tyres. We have taken a big step forward with chassis settings, which I know will transfer really well to our BSB circuits and I am also pleased with the new engine specification. I am really looking forward to getting to Guadix now to fine tune the bike ready for Donington.”
Westmoreland added: “I am really happy with the first impressions of the Kawasaki and immediately felt comfortable – already the bike feels like it’s mine. I really like the chassis of the bike and we have found a nice clutch setting over the last two days, which really made the package work well. I have adapted quickly to working with the team and it is a great to have the right structure around me. A small mistake in the final few minutes of the four day test has left us some work to do, but I am fit and well and looking forward to Guadix, focussing on the good work we have already done.”
The pair, who were joined by the team’s TT racer Gary Johnson at the test, will now move on to Guadix for a further three days testing there.