Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Tim Keeton Posted: 07 Mar 2015
James Ellison has lapped faster than he ever has before at the Cartagena circuit in British Superbike testing this week.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki man placed third on the timesheets on the third day after a significant improvement in the morning sessions.
“Testing has been pretty good so far,” said Ellison speaking to Bike Social in Spain. “We’ve tried a lot of things to try and get information for when the season starts. This is a great circuit for British Superbikes, there’s a lot of lean angle here and a lot of different corners so we can take away a lot of information.”
“We’re pushing as hard as we can every time we go out on every setting to get the best information we can. We’ve put some good times in, I’ve gone faster than I ever have before around here. Then we’ll make a change and go slower again so we’ll know that change doesn’t work, evaluate why it didn’t work and whether we need to rule it out or not. Lots of information gathering! It’s all going in the right direction I think.”
The GBmoto team upped their game last season to go from top ten finishers to podium contenders and the Essex-based squad are looking to take a further step forwards with Ellison and teammate James Westmoreland this year.
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“The guys have done their homework over the winter,” Ellison explained.”I missed out on the team meeting at the start of the year but I skyped in on it for some of the important stuff, rider input, bike developments etc.
“I can’t say what we’ve got but all the stuff I wanted last year we’ve got. For me the biggest improvement is going to Frank Wrathall for engine tuning, I’ve got a great relationship with Frank and his family, he tuned my first ever bikes, has tuned the PBM bikes for years and is the best man for the job really. The other thing is keeping things the same, I’ve got the same data guy, both the same mechanics as last year and the same suspension guy. I do have a new crew chief but I’ve worked with him before. Everything is in place to win the championship and Mark doesn’t want anything else and I don’t either. We started off on the right foot last year so hopefully we can this year too.”
Testing at Cartagena continues tomorrow before teams move to Guadix ahead of official testing at Donington Park towards the end of the month.