Last Saturday saw the annual BikeSafe event at Castle Combe, which doubled up as a chance for some ‘demo’ laps and much-needed testing onboard the JHS Racing GSX-R1000. The third round of Thundersport GB (which will be my first round) is this coming weekend at Snetterton, so it was a good shakedown for the brand-new bike.
With zero miles on the clock, it was just a case of not being too brutal with the engine and getting a rough feel for the chassis, and working out which way to go with set-up. With Öhlins suspension and the GSX-R’s innate talent, the JHS bike is hardly going to be miles off, but the balance of the standard bike is always affected with aftermarket goodness and race rubber fitted. Thankfully, the JHS Racing Suzuki is primed and ready to race – I wouldn’t touch a click before heading to Norfolk.
It was a day of firsts, including sampling the new hugely impressive Bridgestone V01 slicks. Being the elite open class in the country, Thundersport GB’s GP1 division has (thankfully) an open policy for tyres, joining the World Endurance championship in a war of rubber.
Beaky and Team Coconut will also be in action at Snet this weekend, so come and find us in the JHS Racing truck/awning. You might even get a brew…Enjoy more Fast Bikes reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.