JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam is one happy rider this evening, but even though he set the fastest time during the MCE British Superbike test session at Silverstone the Smalley native admitted that there is still work to be done, but is feeling positive that his bike is working well.
Haslam is content with his race simulation pace and from lap one to lap fourteen only dropped 0.4 seconds, but he would still like to gain more time on a new tyre, and that is something his team will continue to work on.
The Brit has been testing out a new swing-arm and is focusing on the power delivery and wanting to make the engine as smooth as possible, but after a 2’06.182 lap today, it is a case of so far so good for the JG Speedfit rider and his team.
“The team has been working really hard the last few weeks and to put a race simulation under our belts, we are making the right steps and I am really happy. Everything seems to be going in the right direction. Obviously you always want to go faster and a little bit more but we are getting through everything we need to,” said Haslam, speaking to Bikesportnews.com.
“We have got a new swingarm which was the big one and also the biggest thing from Spain was the mapping of the engine and its a new bike this year and we are trying to get the power delivery as smooth as we can - obviously no traction control so you want that engine to be a smooth as we possibly can. They have been our main two areas so we are making good steps with the chassis and working hard with the power delivery.
“Silverstone always throws a few spanners in the works, like tyre life and it is quite hard - especially in these cold conditions but lap one to lap 14 we only dropped 0.4s in a race run, and from that perspective we are looking really strong. When we put in a new tyre we don’t gain as much time as we like so that is an area we need to work on.”