I haven’t had time to send a race report from the last two meetings (Cadwell and Donington) as at Cadwell in warm-up the Kawasaki ran a crankshaft ruling us out of the race after qualifying 7th, 0.4 seconds off pole position. This was caused by some fibre material becoming detatched from the clutch drive plate and blocking an oil feed to the main bearing.

I was due to test at Donington the following day but obviously this was out of the question with the engine being seized, so I arrived at Donington with no set up data what so ever, and really was on a back foot all weekend. I tried various set ups and none of them quite worked. We made some changes for the morning warmup and bingo! the bike was perfect.

I got boxed in at the start and was in 23rd position going through Craner Curves. By lap 7 I had moved up to 10th position and was gaining on the riders ahead. While riding around the outside of a rider at Schwantz Curve he lost the rear and wiped me out, fortunately without injury and without major damage to the bike.

Looking forward to better luck for Silverstone next weekend (23rd-25th September) as we have already tested there and have setup data already.

The pads and discs are still working brilliantly!


Joe Burns.

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