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sis­tent high 1 minute 33 se­cond laps which seems to be quite a lot faster than ev­ery­one else out there,” Haslam said.

“This is only the third test on the new ZX-10R and we are run­ning nearly the full race spec that we will have at Sil­ver­stone. We are still wait­ing for a lot of com­po­nents to come which we know will make the bike dif­fer­ent. The team is new to the bike and the team is new to Showa sus­pen­sion.”

Haslam re­it­er­ates the chal­lenges he faces with the lack of elec­tronic rider aids in BSB im­posed by the con­trol ECU rules. “World cham­pi­onship rac­ing is all about elec­tron­ics, how many data guys you have and how much ex­pe­ri­ence you have be­hind a com­puter to make your bike work on a Sun­day.

“In the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship that fac­tor is out the win­dow. You don’t need the data guys and the elec­tron­ics guys as much, you don’t have so many things to set up to get your bike to work. Hence the rac­ing is a lot closer.”

Haslam will have to call on ev­ery morsel of his vast ex­pe­ri­ence to make the tran­si­tion back into a se­ries that he feels is still as com­pet­i­tive as any in the world. “The com­pe­ti­tion in BSB is just as strong as it al­ways has been,” he re­flected.

‘The Kawasaki is the bike to be on... I be­lieve I can win, now it’s down to me’

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