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Joe Burns had determination to succeed with EBC GPFAX race brake pads


Joe Burns had determination to succeed despite suffering a shoulder injury. Equipped with EBC GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads on his Kawasaki Superbike, Joe still managed to gain a respectable 8th place finish in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000.

Here is Joe’s Race Report:
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit offers the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 riders with the opportunity to indulge in some high speed racing. Joe and the team had spent the weeks following the Knockhill round carrying out some improvements to the bike and track testing.

Free practice on Friday went according to plan with Joe setting the 4th fastest time, 0.750 off from the top runner, this gave confidence that if conditions remained dry then Qualifying 1 should go well.
The dry hot weather continued and Qualifying 1 took place just after 3:00 in the afternoon, within 4 laps Joe had set the 5th best time of the session, once again 0.7 off provisional pole, at the end of the session one thing was clear, for Joe the troubles of the first rounds of the championship were well and truly forgotten.

Qualifying 2 took place on Saturday afternoon and Joe completed 14 laps, setting the 7th fastest time. On the penultimate lap he managed to tuck in close behind another bike and received a ‘tow’ along the pit straight, this meant he arrived at Paddock Hill Bend much faster than normal and the inevitable fall took place. Very little damage was sustained by the bike, but Joe landed very heavily on his right shoulder. A visit to the medical centre and an X Ray proved that it was just severe bruising, nothing was broken.

To race competitively at this high level, 100% fitness is really a must, consequently Joe felt he would try the Sunday morning warm up to see how it went and then make his decision whether or not to race, clearly the shoulder pain focussed his mind and he achieved an excellent 5th overall, just 0.1 slower than his qualifying times, so confidence was restored, just maybe the ice pack and some Elastoplast would help.

The start was as usual frantic with the headlong rush into Paddock Hill corner, Joe was squeezed back in to 11th place, but by lap 3 he was up to 10th and then fell back to 12th. On lap 8 he started a fight back and by lap 14 he held a secure 8th place which he kept until the end of the race.

After the race Joe said:

I never expected to be able to race competitively today, I thought my shoulder would hold me back, finishing 8th is my best result this year, I know I can win at this level all I need is some good luck, which I am long overdue, so now I am looking forward to Thruxton.

Post-race the Number 1 machine was excluded from the results when it failed scrutineering, this elevated Joe to 7th place overall, and he is now 16th in the championship.

The next race takes place at Thruxton on 3rd August.

EBC manufacture many types of motorcycle brakes to suit all needs, be it racing or street riding. Some of the more popular include EPFA Sintered Fast Street and Trackday Pads, Double-H™ Sintered Superbike Pads, EBC V-Pads™ Semi-sintered™ Touring Bike Pads and Organic Motorcycle Brakes. See below for more product details.
GPFAX sintered race only brake pads

The new GPFAX Formula Sintered Race pads are a direct replacement of the GPFA series. This new formula is even more higher in friction and created specifically to be used only on asphalt surfaces such as those found in race track conditions. Because of the super performance that they provide these brake pads are a growing favourite choice by superbike racers.

Another benefit of the new GPFAX sintered material is that it now has even better heat cycling ability allowing the brake pads to be raced, cooled then raced again.

Read more about GPFAX brake pads here!


EPFA Sintered Fast Street and Trackday Pads
EBC Extreme Pro brake pads also known as EPFA brake pads are the racers choice for superbike racing and also have excellent street use too! These brake pads are fantastic for motorcycle racing as the compound they are made from has extra friction stabilizing additives that totally improve the ‘heat cycling’ braking effect.

Read more about EPFA brake pads here!


EBC Double-H Superbike Pads™
EBC Double-H pads are the top choice of street legal brake pads you can buy for the best grip.

Made from sintered copper alloy, these brake pads benefit from the highest friction HH rating for maximum stopping power. EBC Double-H Superbike pads™ are perfect braking under all riding conditions, be it wet, dry, hot or cold. Unique stainless steel radiator plates are fitted when required to reduce heat transfer into the hydraulics of the motorbike. The double segment vented design is totally unique and keeps the pads cooler and prevents pad drag and overheat or fade.

Read more about EBC Brakes Double-H Superbike Pads™ here!


EBC V-Pads™ Semi-sintered™ Touring Bike Pads

Manufactured from an asbestos free organic material, the Semi-sintered™ V-pad™ is designed for touring and heavy duty use on motorcycle applications. Because of it’s medium high friction levels these brake pads offer an effective braking performance no matter what the operating temperature is.

This material offers minimal pad and rotor wear, stable braking and very low dusting of wheels. Containing 30% copper, the V-pad combines the benefits and “feel” of an organic pad and also feature the low heat generation and rotor galling that organics have with a life span of that of a sintered pad.

Read more about EBC V-Pads™ Semi-sintered™ Touring Bike Pads here!


EBC Organic Motorcycle Brakes

EBC Organic motorcycle brake pads are Europe’s first and only ECE R90 approved brake pad. Manufactured at EFI in Bristol, these brake pads perform as well as any sintered pads, as proved by R90 compliance. This ‘aramid’ series has now been renamed Non-Asbestos Organic or NAO and is created from aramid fibre in conjunction with other high tech modern fibres. If you want a value for money all round brake pad replacement then the NAO series are the perfect choice for all levels of motorcycle and are very popular with many riders who prefer the “feel” of organic pads.

Read more about EBC Organic Motorcycle Brakes here!


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