JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Peter Hickman found the official MCE British Superbike test at Silverstone beneficial, but did experienced the return of chatter issues with his ZX-10R that he thought the team rectified at the recent Spanish tests.
Hickman was fifteenth fastest overall on the combined time-sheets, but he was not solely focused on lap-times but was rather concentrating on getting used to riding the Kawasaki. But the rider is happy that after a successful pre-season the bike is overall working well.
“Things are going good with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team - just getting used to the Kawasaki as it is a different machine and it is taking a bit of time to get used to it, but over all quite happy to be honest,” said Hickman, speaking to Bikesportnews.com at the track.
“We ended up not right up where we wanted to in the test here, but to be fair I got held up on one of my fastest laps. But it is a test and it doesn’t really mean too much. We know where we could have been so I am happy enough.”
Hickman is joined in the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team by returning BSB racer, Leon Haslam and James Ellison and all the riders tested out different things on their ZX-10R’s with some varied results.
Hickman added: “We have a few issues that we need to sort through and we are just trying to make a plan to figure out what’s best to do with that. Balance for me and just getting used to it still, and I have got a chatter issue which I am trying to sort out. We had it in Spain and we managed to cure it and then we came here and we have we still got it and it has re-appeared. So now we need to figure out what is causing it and try and fix it.
“I am looking forward to the start of the season and we have been quick in testing and have been close to both of my team-mates and we have all been really close, until we came to this test but there have been some changes and we have all been trying different directions.
“It is obviously working for Leon more than what it has done for me or James at the minute, but we are a team and that is what we are doing and we are all trying things in different directions and that one seems to work here. That is the furthest apart we have been in all the tests, so it should be a good [season] for us.”