Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 29 Apr 2014
Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen has spoken of his joy at the team taking their debut British Superbike podiums at Brands Hatch last weekend.
The GBmoto team entered the British Championship two years ago with Honda machinery and has set about climbing the ranks since. A marked improvement last year saw the squad breaking into the top ten with Dan Linfoot and Peter Hickman and for 2014 the team saw its biggest change yet. Switching to Kawasaki machinery and signing proven British Superbike race winners James Ellison and Chris Walker, the team are setting out for the showdown.
It seems to be going to plan so far, with the riders making a huge statement at Brands Hatch taking three podiums between them, including a stunning second place from Chris Walker after challenging for victory in the first race. James Ellison took two third places but reckons he could have won the second race had he not had issues with the front end.
“We’ve signed two quality riders this year and they really showed their pedigree at Brands Hatch last weekend” said Smith-Halvorsen speaking to Bike Social.
“I’m most happy for the boys who have built, developed and tested our bike. We had nine days on track and then arrived at Brands Hatch for the first round and what a job they’ve done. It’s a lot more than just bolting the nicest parts together!”
On the steps the team had to take to get into a position where they can fight at the front, Smith-Halvorsen said it was pretty clear cut: “I think you have to learn from what doesn’t go well and the mistakes you make. The most crucial thing is being decisive, if you need to change something, change it. That could apply to a component, a motorcycle or a person. You have to do that to keep moving forwards, the competing in the British Superbike Championship is tough, tough, tough!”
The first round is just that and it’s a long season. The team are under no illusions that it’ll be easy but the aim remains to get both riders into the showdown.
“Our goal moving into the season was to have both riders challenging for the top six and we always wanted to set ourselves quite high goals. It’d be great to get both boys in the top six come the showdown but we’re quite a way from that at the moment as we’ve only just had the first round. It might be a tough ask, but if we can continue how we’ve started it’ll be where we’re heading.”