Just got home this week after a really successful three days testing at Circuito De Velocidad (circuit of speed) also known as Jerez which is in southern Spain.
I started off day 1 steady just getting back in to it and learning the fast and flowing track. It was great to finally get some good dry laps after two very wet and cold tests at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch in February. By the end of the 3rd out 7 sessions I was pleasingly comfortable on the bike and was getting the hang of the circuit, we made few small changes throughout the day which helped and overall I am very pleased with the bike. All in all the first day couldn't have gone any better and day 2 couldn't come quick enough as it was set to be a scorcher with 27 degree temperatures.
Day 2, I knew the circuit and I felt good on the bike by this point. So on day 2 I aimed to put some faster laps in and really get down to some quick and most importantly consistent lap times. We achieved this by the end of the 3rd session and on another positive note my winter training was proving to have been paying off as I felt strong and fit for a whole session. By around 1 o’clock the track temperature got up to around 40 degrees and the tyres where sliding around a lot more which was good as I could get a good feeling from them. Again day 2 went really well and I could go back to the hotel pleased with our progress and ready for our final day.
The 3rd and final day, again we planned to go faster than day 2 and be consistent. First session in the morning I went out and put in my best lap time by about 1.2 seconds which took me by surprise and then I put in few more similar lap times which was positive as I knew I could do them consistently. After the first session we changed the front tyre pressure but we soon went back to the original as I felt it was to hard and I could feel every bump in the circuit. As the day continued the temperature climbed again meaning more movement from the rear end. Overall day 3 was a great success and I came away with confidence to start the season off at Donington Park on Easter weekend.
So all in all a great test, we learnt lots, the bike is good and I am now ready for the season to kick off…I cant wait!
As the start of the season is now only weeks away, my rider profile has now been uploaded to the BSB website, click on the link to go to it and here is also a picture of it.
Throughout the winter I have had a new website designed, on this site there is all my recent reports, the 2015 dates, gallery and a page dedicated to all my sponsors and supporters as without them racing wouldn’t be possible and I cannot thank them enough for their support. Here is the link to my website, http://www.bradjonesracing.co.uk/ so save it in your favourites and if you have any suggestions I would be delighted to hear them as it still needs a few tweaks.
Finally, on the 26th of March we are attending the Official BSB test at Donington Park for our final preparation for the season and we hope to have the bike in its new 2015 livery so I will be sending out some pictures to show you all and to see what you think.
The test day at Donington saw a damp track which minimised the amount of track time we could have. The test was successful and we changed a few things on the bike and came away with 8th overall in the Superstock Class. This was A great result for myself and I'm now looking forward to the first round next week at Donington - but I am hoping for some drier weather! Bring it on!