Matt's First Test Cut Short Matt Reports: DAY 1: We were scheduled for testing at the Cartagena Circuit in Spain from the 16-20th, but we finished test short due to bike problems. It was great to see so many other GP 125 teams here testing as...
Matt's First Test Cut Short
DAY 1: We were scheduled for testing at the Cartagena Circuit in Spain from the 16-20th, but we finished test short due to bike problems. It was great to see so many other GP 125 teams here testing as well. Day1 Thursday 16th , we arrived in the morning early to get the bike setup. We started off with electrical problems and didn't get them sorted until late in the afternoon. My first session out on bike and we got alot of detonations so we made quite a few changes. Then in second session I basically used to get a some sort of a setting with the suspension. The last session of the day was my only real session and finisher the day with a lap time of 1.47.00. All of this first day was with no tyre warmers due to not having correct plugs for power. The track was cold as was the day with a low ambient temperature which didn't help with traction on cold tyres. On completion of day 1 we meet up with Suzuki San from JHA. JHA was there setting up a new A Kit Engine for a customer . That was day one.
DAY 2: The next day we arrived at the track early to get setup so I could get out in the morning sessions. We had the bike ready but then had problems with the gear lever , it wasn't till midway through the 2nd session before I was able to get on the track . I again went out with only front tyre warmer and within first couple laps I had a big slide and ran of track and laid bike down. The next session was looking a bit better as we had both tyre warmers on before the session and the track temperature was improving. I made a suspension change and went out and done some good laps, then catching a group of fast riders. I was pulling them in every lap and then about 5 laps into the session the bike seized at end of straight . I ended up crashing and I hurt my shoulder but nothing else. The crash damaged the tank and bottom fairing. The cause of the seizure is not yet known, we had correct jetting which we received from JHA. We then took off cylinder and there was a hairline fracture in it and the piston had ring stick and had taken a chunk out of the cylinder.
My final laptime for the weekend was a 1.43.9. Team owner Rob was very happy with my progress and lap times with my first visit to the circuit.. ¨"This weekend was a very big learning curve, the bike spec is allot better than my setup I had in Australia. I was very happy with the bike as well as the suspension but unfortunately I didn't get as much testing in as I had hoped for. But with the lap time I achieved I think this season we have a very strong chance in both British and Spanish championships although I know it won't be easy.
With the Test cut short we are using the time to visit some of the other circuits and see a bit of Spain. We leave for the UK on Sunday due to my next test being back there in about 1 week.
Rob Shuker (Team Owner) quotes:
Overall it was quite positive, we found quite a good setup with suspension, and Matt was happy with the performance of the bike, We still don't know what caused the engine to seize but overall we managed to get a setup with good lap times that were improving every lap Matt did. We are quite happy with how Matt was adapting to the new circuit and bike and had several people comment on how well he was doing out there. Its just a shame that we have had to cut this test short.