News 5 Feb 2019

Team GSR Kawasaki kicks off 2019

Image: Russell Colvin.

GSR Kawasaki press release:

Team GSR Kawasaki kick started their 2019 season on the weekend at Phillip Island for the ASBK Official Test. The 2-day test was valuable for all ASBK riders to get familiar with their 2019 set ups.Glenn had the following to say about his time at the 2-day test aboard his ZX10R proudly sponsored by Kawasaki:

“Wowee isn’t 2019 SBK class a stacked field this year? I was definitely taken back as to how fast everyone was. It’s exciting to see the championship taking such positive steps forward and teams putting in unbelievable effort to be competitive. There is no denying we struggled to find a set up over the 2 days at Phillip Island, hovering around the P15 mark all weekend. Lack of testing over the summer break really caught myself and the team out, as most teams seemed very comfortable on arrival to the island. Despite our lack of time on bike we felt good on the bike, we looked comfortable on track, however we unfortunately couldn’t put together a lap time.

“The most challenging part of the weekend was getting used to the new Pirelli tyre. A few more sessions with the new tyre are needed as factory teams clearly showed the tyre works well with the likes of Wayne Maxwell popping out a beauty of a lap time, 1.32.3. With the field only covered by 3.5 seconds it was important to produce a few good laps if you wanted to see yourself further up on the time sheets. I have to thank Al Samuels and Mick Muldoon for their incredibly hard work over the weekend, we have taken down plenty of data together to analyse and I have no doubt we will find a solution to help move ourselves further up the field.”

The team will complete another test on Friday the 8th February at Sydney Motorsport Park, which will round out their preseason testing campaign. Glenn and the team hope to iron out any last issues prior to heading to round 1 in just 2 weeks’ time.

“Friday will be great to get on the bike again, any ride time for us right now is valuable and we still have plenty to test. Friday, we will be trying some new valving in the front forks and also some parts to help improve our braking.”

“A big thank you to the following sponsors: Kawasaki Motors Australia / Easy Mix Concrete / Darby St Automotive / BJ Howes Metal Land / Commercial Kitchens Direct / K&R Hydraulics Workshop / Maverick Racing Development / Singo’s Wholesale Meats / Gimoto / Fitmoto / SBS Brake Pads / Mick Muldoon Motorcycles / Veolia / OZMC Leathers”.

ASBK Round 1 will take place at Phillip Island on 22nd – 24th of February and coincide with the World Superbike Championship.