Haslam and El­li­son left scratch­ing their heads

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With three rid­ers in the squad, the JG Speed­fit garage has been a con­stant hub of ac­tiv­ity through­out pre-sea­son test­ing and rac­ing, as the three rid­ers battle to find a set­ting that suits their style on the new Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Each of the rid­ers has a very dif­fer­ent ap­proach. Team boss Mark Smith-halvorsen ad­mit­ted he had felt Hick­man was prob­a­bly the man most un­likely to suc­ceed at Sil­ver­stone but that he had made the most of what he had been given with the bike.

By con­trast the team didn’t have time to make much ad­just­ment to the en­gine brak­ing strat­egy and map­ping af­ter build­ing up the new en­gine on Leon Haslam’s bike for race two.

“Start­ing from 15th didn’t help and the new en­gine we used was a slightly dif­fer­ent spec to the one we had used all week­end, which meant the en­gine brak­ing and throt­tle con­nec­tions were very dif­fer­ent to be­fore,” said a bit­terly dis­ap­pointed Haslam.

“To­day has been a big dis­as­ter if I’m hon­est. It was a hard-fought battle in the race and for some rea­son we were also suf­fer­ing from quite bad chat­ter but we still came home in fifth. It’s frus­trat­ing as I be­lieve we could have had two wins to­day.”

James El­li­son’s week­end started to fall apart when he slid off his ZX-10R dur­ing the open­ing qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion on Satur­day. That rel­e­gated him to the back row for the first race and he ended with a 13th and an eighth-place fin­ish.

“James is a guy who needs his own feel­ing with a bike and when he has got that feel­ing he is su­per-fast but we just haven’t been able to give him that yet,” Smith-halvorsen said.


years of hard-earned ex­pe­ri­ence to make the call.

“We have worked on the harder tyre in Spain and although it prob­a­bly isn’t the fastest tyre, we can make it work over 14 laps,” he ex­plained. “The soft op­tion is the faster tyre and I will prob­a­bly race it for 90% of the sea­son

‘I wanted to make my pres­ence felt so I went straight to the front’

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