June 11, 2016
Coming to the Donington round of the WSBK stock championship had us really looking forward to the turning point of our 2016 campaign. Being our first time at his most iconic race track it had to be said that we were more than a little excited.
A solid test at the Nurburgring two weeks prior saw our confidence at quite a high on arrival at Donington. We felt that we had found our way around the ZX10R. We found the setup we needed and a solid base from which we could we could work.
The above being said though we still struggled with the setup as well as a few small technical issues from the start of the Friday practice. This definitely is not what we had planned or expected for Friday’s practice.
Unfortunately this put us on the back foot for qualifying on Saturday. So with no data or direction for setup we went to qualifying. We tried our best with what we had and managed to qualify 23rd. This was very far from where we needed to be.
On Sunday morning we made a few changes to the setup trying to find our way. Trying to consolidate what we had. We got a really good jump as the lights went out. We made up a few positions quickly. A crash right ahead of us had us having to roll off the throttle and we lost the ground that we had made. We continued to push hard though, enjoying the Craner curves and the amazing elevation changes of the Donington Park circuit. Cutting through the field we fought the BenJan Kawasaki all the way up to a strong 16th place finish
We are feeling positive going to Misano. A little more work to do but we have that solid base. Bring on Misano. Now I am back home. Time to put some time in on the Motocross bike. Nothing like a bit of (moto) cross-training.