Jordan Gill at Knockhill

Jordan Gill of Phoenix Commercial Fleet Services Race Team rides at the British Superbikes Knockhill Race Circuit for the first time.

Jordan Gill rides with EBC GPFAX and Organic Brake Pads for their high-performance stopping power.

EBC-sponsored rider Jordan Gill of the Phoenix Commercial Fleet Services Race Team took on the British Superbikes Knockhill Race Circuit earlier this month.  Here’s the team’s race report:

It was a great weekend in Scotland at the Knockhill Circuit; it’s such a lovely place and the weather was fantastic. We attended the race with no great expectations, we just wanted to gain experience from the best. Jordan Gill is only 17; it’s his third time ever on a 600cc bike and only the second time this year.  He is really enjoying riding our machine.

Free Practice 1 didn’t go as planned: an unfortunate slide put an early end to this very important session. Jordan was very concerned with his mistake but if you’re not pushing then you’re not learning. He isn’t the first to succumb to a bit of pressure and he won’t be the last.

Free Practice 2 was a lot better for him. He completed the 30 minutes gaining a better time lap after lap. Qualifying was a step into the fire pit but as we say, “the Phoenix rises from the flames” and so did Jordan.  He achieved a very impressive 51.7 second lap, qualifying in front of six seasoned riders on a bike that he has only ridden twice this year. Those in the sport will understand just how impressive this was, and he definitely deserved a hug in the awning from Dave and Paddy afterwards.

Race 1 was a tough cookie and Jordan’s first ever grid start. With such a huge crowd and a wealth of British talent to try and run with, to say he was a bit nervous would be an understatement. He ran well in the race and made the odd mistake, however there were no major mistakes and he managed to set a constant pace, finishing far from last.

Jordan Gill at Knockhill
Jordan Gill at Knockhill

The morning warm up was a good test as we intended to try a new suspension set up. We felt that the bike was still handling a bit loose and we decided to try the gearing differently. This would have been a major decision that helped the outcome of the race. Unfortunately, the chain decided to snap a link on the first lap and end our session. This was a first in the team’s career leaving us gutted!

Race 2 was ridden on a gearing we found to be too busy, but the suspension adjustments were spot on and the bike handled very well. Jordan brought the bike home through 26 laps. This was the longest race of his career, on a bike on steroids, and at a circuit where he has not ridden for a long time.

As a team, it has been an honour to work with this young lad. It was great to see him achieve such good results, especially since he has spent so little time at this level of racing. Jordan has had limited experience on a 4-cylinder machine over the past couple of years. As they say, things can only get better!

He has stated that “having completed these 2 races, I feel I have gained some valuable experience from the best 600 riders in the country. With more time on the Phoenix CFS Race Team bike, I’ll be knocking on their doors in no time.”

Jordan has done brilliantly, and we are really looking forward to the next Thundersport GB round at Brands Hatch.

Photos courtesy of Robert Baxter.

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Jordan Gill races with these EBC Brakes products:

GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads

EBC GPFAX Sintered Road Race Brake Pads
The GPFAX Formula Sintered Race pads are a direct replacement of the GPFA series. This formula is even 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 of superbike racers. Another benefit of the GPFAX sintered material is that it now has even better heat cycling ability allowing the brake pads to be raced, cooled, then raced again.

EBC Organic Motorcycle Brakes

EBC Organic Brake PadEBC Brakes Organic motorcycle brake pads are OE quality and manufactured in the UK using high technology ECO friendly brake pad compounds that deliver fingertip stopping power.

With over 40 million sets sold worldwide, the E327 grade organic compound has been a high selling EBC product for over 15 years and is suitable for all road bikes and scooters.

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