No Limits Racing and Thundersport GB rider tests EBC’s formidable motorcycle race products ahead of the 2020 season

17-year-old Kent motorcycle racer, Luke Hopkins, has already garnered some significant trophies in his relatively short racing career.

Riding with both the Hopkins Racing Team and CPD Kawasaki team, he took both No Limits Racing’s Pirelli Super Series 600 championship and Thundersport GB’s Elite 600 championship titles in 2019, as well as being a runner-up in both No Limit Racing’s Pirelli Super Series 1000 and Thundersport GB’s GP1 Elite series.

Hoping for more of the same success throughout 2020 once the temporary halting of motorsport activity is lifted, Luke managed to squeeze in some fair-weather testing earlier in the spring at scenic Spanish race tracks such as Circuito De Almeria, Cartagena Circuit and Circuito Monteblanco.

As an EBC-supported rider, it was here that he was able to try out the firm’s floating motorcycle discs and GPFAX sintered race pads in some intense conditions on his Kawasaki ZX-10 RR, reporting back his results to us below…

“From the start, the pads and discs worked well together. From my experience, EBC’s GPFAX out-performs the SBS Dual Sinter and the SBS Dual Carbon pads, as well as the Brembo pads.

“A good way to illustrate how good the pads are is with the fact that the fine adjustment of braking power required 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 onto. 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.

You can find out more about Luke Hopkins by heading to his website or by checking out his social media channels below.

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Products mentioned:

Floating MC Rotors

X and XC Floating MC rotors are the lightest rotors 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. This further reduces the unit weight by up to 300 grammes.

GPFAX Formula Sintered Race 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.

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