Leon Haslam and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team continued to struggle as the seventh round of the MCE British Superbike Championship got underway at Brands Hatch today.
The former World Championship rider languished in 15th on the timesheets after the two opening practice sessions as he continues to be plagued by the power delivery issues that hampered him last time out at Thruxton.
Haslam isn’t the only rider in the JG Speedfit stable to be struggling, with team-mate James Ellison reporting identical issues. The Cumbrian had tested the ZX-10R at Snetterton and Donington earlier this week, reporting a huge step forward with the throttle connection, but for some reason this hasn’t translated to the 2.4 mile Brands Grand Prix circuit.
“We’re trying to sort the mapping and fuelling issues out,” Haslam said. “It was quite positive ahead of this weekend but for whatever reason it’s not worked on any of our bikes and I seem to have the worst end of the stick. It’s completely changed the fuelling and characteristics of the bike and it’s just not working.
“For the last few laps of FP2 I went back to my Thruxton map, which is more what I know but still has the same fundamental issues we had at Thruxton. We need to try and set that map up for here as I did feel a little bit of a step forward with that. We need to re-assess tonight, it’s definitely there and the bike is more than capable but we just need to make it run as it should.”
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