Ellison in the right direction
Haslam’s team-mate and last year’s third place man in the series, James Ellison made dozens of component and settings changes on his new JG Speedfit ZX-10R.
Òthe reason for coming was to find a direction to start really testing in at Guadix this week,ó he explained.
ÒWE have different chassis, different swingarms, different yokes, offsets and pivot points and the idea was to go through all of that here. We still have to push though and we haven’t been cruising.ó
Ellison managed to dip into the 1 minute 33 second bracket.
Òfrom mid way on day two we had found a direction,ó the 35-year-old said.
ÒWE have been making improvements since then, doing some quick and consistent times. Now it is about fine tuning. We still have a lot of work to do but we have come a long way since the first day.ó
have to run Motec ignition and also Giovanni [Crupi, Byrne’s crew chief] only has what we have started with this year so it is a learning process.”
The PBM/BE Wiser squad’s problems appeared even more embarrassing as Danny Buchan set the second fastest time of the test on his similar Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati.
“You have to bear in mind Moto Rapido have had three years with this bike so they know how to make the bike nice and soft and work how a V-twin should,” Byrne explained.
In spite of his disappointment, Byrne tried his best to find a positive from the team’s Cartagena troubles.
“I am 100% confident that when we go to another track the problems we’ve had here wont be there,” he said.
“Giovanni can see the problem and we are trying to understand the direction we have to take, but I don’t think there is a guy in the world who knows this bike better than him.
“Yesterday I was stressed, I was fuming when I came in after the second crash. I am a racer, I want to be fast and its what I’m paid to be. I feel like I’ve done my job here, I’ve given 100%, I’ve given my feedback.
“I want a fifth title.” Shakey said, laying down a marker.
“There is no beating about the bush, we are not here to finish second. This is one of those points that you need to have at some time or another and it’s far better to have it now than in round ten of the championship.”
Byrne will get the chance to make amends when he tests at Guadix and Almeria this week.