Second in first practice session a promising start in South Australia.
The MotoGo Yamaha team have switched to Motec electronics for the final round of the 2023 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at The Bend, with Bryan Staring delivering a solid opening practice session in P2.
The team ran the YEC package throughout the first six rounds of 2023, but had previously used the Motec system when Anthony West rode for the outfit. GTR Motostars rider Max Stauffer is a Yamaha racer who currently uses Motec, with Staring making the switch ahead of round seven.
”After all of the races this year, we have basically had the same motorbike, and while the package [YEC ] we have got is a common one in the pits, there are other people doing a better job with the same package.
“We needed to try something different because we have had the same results all year. It’s been going okay, but no one is satisfied. We need to try something different, we just had to come here and try something different to try and improve.
“The team already owned the system, that was simple enough. Essentially other than that, we had the [Motec] system on the bike for two days here, and we did some testing laps a few weeks ago.
“It was all quite positive, I don’t think at the end of those two days, we would have been in any better position with the old system. I think we got up to the same level quite quickly, which I’m going to say is well done to the team, especially to Stew [Stewart Winton] because that was good work over the two days just to get up and running.
“Now we have come back and we have got some extra electronic help here, another team member here, which is great. Look, FP1 is too early to base anything on your weekend, but it is the best start we’ve had all year, by far.
“So far I’m enjoying the bike, there are still a lot of things to improve from the management system, but I’m sort of excited to have something different on the motorbike that we can have another crack at or chance to improve. It sort of felt like we couldn’t improve the bike anymore with what we had in the past.”
Staring concluded this morning’s practice session in second position, notching a 1m52.259s to finish 0.428s behind session leader Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing).