El­li­son in the right di­rec­tion

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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.

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