HM Quickshifter rider, Luke Hopkins, stormed the grid with plenty of first-place finishes.

Luke uses EBC’s X Series floating front discs and GPFAX race pads on his motorcycle.

Rising talent, Luke Hopkins, won all three of the 1000cc races entered in last weekend’s Snetterton 300 leg of the No Limits Racing championship. He battled against some really big-name riders and attained a lap time that would have seen him finish fifth in the Superstock category of British Superbikes!

He also won three out of the four 600cc races entered. The race he did not win, he managed to achieve third place with no clutch.

Luke also achieved fastest lap, which was a whole three seconds faster than the next quickest time. Joe Francis was there on his new BMW superbike doing a shakedown test and Luke was only 0.3s slower than his best time – on a slick, full-blown superbike!

Fast Bikes magazine were blown away (as was everyone) by Luke’s performance, attitude and behaviour. They also asked Luke if he would partake in the endurance race with their team – which he did with relish. The Fast Bike Team finished second; their race was red-flagged just after Luke came in to swap riders for the last time.

Luke’s Thoughts

Here is what Luke had to say about the EBC X-Series discs and GPFAX pads he uses on his Kawasaki ZX10R and Yamaha YZF-R6 race bikes:

“From the start, the pads and discs work well together. For the first lap with new pads on a used disc, the brakes came up well.

“To scrub them in, I give them two corners then they were at peak performance.

“It is hard to explain why the pads feel so good. I think that it is best explained with the fact that the fine-adjustment of braking power needed when on the limit is easy.

“With some other pads, the fine-adjustment is not so consistent; for example when trial braking hard onto the edge of the tyre, when I feel the front starting to complain, the EBC pads just make it easy to release a little bit of pressure, or if I am in too hot, they are also easy to add a little bit of pressure to. I have found with other pads that this adjustment is inconsistent and then I lose confidence and can’t push as hard.

“The discs are also really good we have not had a problem with them since I have started using them.”

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Luke Hopkins uses these EBC Brakes products:

X Series Floating Front Discs

Luke uses EBC’s ultra-lightweight ‘X Series’ floating front discs on his racing motorcycles. Since their introduction, they have become one of the world’s best-selling, lightest and best-performing discs available for all modern sport bikes; available from EBC Brakes distributors around the world.

These motorcycle discs feature a unique and patented S-Drive button system which boasts square-sided rivets captured in square drive pockets on the rotor and hub, allowing the outer rotor blade to expand and contract freely under the heat of braking without suffering from rivet lock.

X and XC floating discs are the lightest you can buy. They will eliminate all your vibration problems and last longer than conventional rotors using round-button technology. Both designs further reduce weight by using only six drive buttons, dropping overall weight by up to 300 grams in the process.

GPFAX Sintered Road/Race Pads

To complement the discs, Luke uses EBC’s GPFAX pads. These race-only pads feature a material blend that has a higher friction and far better grip than any other brake pad on the market.

With a friction measurement between 0.6 and 0.7, they deliver the most amazing brake effect available. Zero brake fade is guaranteed and the heat stability of these brake pads is perfect, leaving the racer with high confidence and a product that can be used over numerous races.

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