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Ellison makes ‘massive step forward’ with suspension changes

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Ellison made revolutionary changes to the setup of his ZX-10R for the final day of British Superbike testing at Guadix and he has got back his confidence the front-end feeling he had with the 2015 version.

The Kendal native hasn’t gelled with the new bike and has been struggling to find pace but a late-night debrief in Spain saw some big changes installed and Ellison was able to match his laptimes from yesterday even with a much colder track.

“The thing I haven’t been happy about since we switched to the 2016 bike is that I just haven’t felt comfortable, it didn’t feel like last year’s bike. To be honest, I just haven’t gelled with it and a lot of that was to do with the fact that I couldn’t feel what was going on underneath me,” said Ellison, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.


“It was all a bit vague but we made a massive step forward today. We were up until very late last night looking at data, talking and everything we decided we put into practice today and it worked.

“I was able to be comfortable today and we ran some respectable times even though the track was cold. We were around as quick as yesterday, so that’s very positive. The changes were all around suspension and geometry, with a little bit of engine braking, and it feels like my bike again.”

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