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.
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.”