March 20, 2019
GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and STAUFF Quick Connect Superstock 1000 completed a very successful 5-day test in Spain and Portugal, where both Claudio and Eemeli got their first taste of the 2019 Kawasaki ZX10RR Limited Edition.
SPAIN: – The Monteblanco Circuit near Seville in Spain hosted the first official British Superbike (BSB) test of the season. The 3-day test in wonderful conditions was to be Claudio’s first time at the circuit and first ride on his new superbike.
The Team had set quite a stringent chassis test program as we had only received our new engines from Kawasaki the week before we left for the test. These engines were in their base form which proved to be quite good straight out of the box.
During the first day we made great progress in the open pitlane format which allowed continuing changes and parts testing. The day was hampered from the results of a crash where Claudio Suffered a knee injury, which sadly over the rest of the test got quite badly infected hampering movement.
We were extremely pleased and a little surprised to finish the 1st day 7th overall and the 2nd day 8th. Moving into the 3rd and final day at Monteblanco we had made great progress with all our setting and to give Claudio a little rest Geoff and Danny decided to try some completely new settings that we would not normally try at a BSB event because of the lack of time. These setting proved a point but did now work for Claudio and the bike.
Claudio ‘Shorts’ Corti said of the test: – “It was my first time at MonteBlanco and on the new superbike, the track is great for testing and the new bike felt good. It was sad that I wrecked on the first day but was pleased with how things have gone. The new ZX10rr engine is quite an improvement and I am Looking Forward to Portimao but it is 10 years since I was last there.
Both Claudio and Eemeli have raced in the WSB so have been to the circuit before which was a great advantage when learning new bikes.
Eemeli was really looking forward to working with his new crew chief Mark Hanna and his first ride on a 1000cc bike, his previous experience being on 600’s.
Mark and Eme hit it off straight away allowing them to get down to work completing over 100 laps of the exciting circuit. Eme made continual improvement over the test as his familiarised himself with the new techniques needed to race a 1000. Everyone was really pleased with the end results over the test where he was not far away from the fastest times.
Claudio Continued where he had left off in Spain with the Team having to make him little achievement display badges for him and overall even though we had to finish the test early we were really pleased with everything we had got through.
Eemeli Lahti: – “I am really pleased the Team chose me to race the STAUFF Quick Connect Superstock 1000 in the British Championships.
I was a little scared for my first time on a 1000 as the bike is so so fast. Mark and the Team are great guys and helped me settle down and learn. I loved riding the ZX10RR and being on track with the very fast BSB guys.
I was also very pleased to get on well with Claudio even though he has already named me Enzo, I think we will be friends.
I am looking forward to BSB now but I am sure it will be colder in the UK compared to here in Portugal so now I will try to get some hours on the beach before I go home….
Claudio Corti: – “The knee is much worse here in Portugal as it has got infected, but we still managed a good job.
I am sure I have a good Team and bike going into the season and I know we have some great new parts coming before the next time I ride the bike in Silverstone.
I have a good Team mate in Enzo and I am looking forward to meeting Storm too.”
The Testing program set by Geoff and Danny worked well and we were able to collect a lot of data analysing performance and targeting improvements.
Our performance levels were really strong over all 5 days at the two tracks even with the limitations we had with motors and Claudio’s crash. The feel around the Team is brilliant at the moment and we are looking forward to Storm and his crew joining us at Silverstone next time out