JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey have opened the team’s testing this week at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. The team have used this opportunity to test many new components in readiness for the next tests in January.
The team was pleased to have a test well in advance of the 2018 season with both riders having numerous parts and settings to test as they joined riders from WorldSBK and MotoGP at the Spanish circuit. It was also very useful with Leon Haslam working his way back to full-fitness after his huge crash just over 4 weeks ago at Brands Hatch. Meanwhile, Luke Mossey had a point to prove following a disappointing end to the season due to not being 100% fit and missing out on the showdown.
Leon said at the end of the testing, “Testing is so important, and for the team to get an early test in during 2017 is perfect to see the direction we need to head when we come back in 2018.
“I had plenty of new parts and settings to work through and although I am still not fit, I managed to get a great feel for what we want to use come 2018 as well as doing some race simulations.
“I managed to put in a lap time I am pleased with especially as my injuries are nowhere near healed, I look forward to getting back to the UK and resuming my fitness programme but first stop is back to the NEC on Saturday [for Motorcycle Live]. Thanks to all the team for putting in so much effort in this early test.”
Luke said “Having this test for me was so important especially as I have a complete new crew for 2018. It was great to be back on the bike and to get to know the new guys and start working on my settings and parts we are going to use next season.
“We worked really hard over both days and changed many things on the bike. We made some real positive steps forward and I look forward to further new parts when we come back in January to keep things moving forward. Thanks to my new crew chief Simon and all the guys who have worked so hard over the last few days.”
Jack Valentine, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team Manager, said following the testing, “After the disappointment of the final round at Brands Hatch it was important for the whole team to bounce back quickly and put the 2017 season behind us.
“There is no better way than to go testing especially with the Kawasaki Racing Team and some WorldSBK teams, getting everything ready to test was tough but the guys did a great job in a short period of time to enable us to test a lot of new products for the 2018 season.
“Leon worked through a load of stuff and was really happy with what they achieved even though he was clearly in a lot of pain, whilst Luke made some massive changes to the engine spec and chassis changes which he was really happy with.
Thanks to Steven English for the photos of the testing.