Despite not being able to complete any winter tests with its new Yamaha R1s, GSE team manager Colin Wright wants both Leon Camier and James Ellison to be pushing for double podium finishes in Monday's Brands Hatch BSB season-opener.
"Expectations are high for this weekend and as always we will be pushing for two podium finishes for both riders,” Wright insisted. “Having competed in Superbike racing for over ten years, we know that a championship can't be won at the first round alone, so we will be looking for some solid results to kick-off our campaign for a fifth series title."
GSE has switched from Ducati to Yamaha machinery over the winter, but the 'very late arrival' of factory parts ruled out vital winter tests. Yamaha has taken full responsibility for the delay, and praised GSE for its 'patience and understanding'.
“Unfortunately, through no fault of [GSE], our preparations have not been ideal due to the very late arrival of the special factory parts,” explained Andrew Smith, Managing Director of Yamaha UK.
“Only a team with the experience of GSE could have coped with this situation and I would like to personally thank Darrell, Colin, Leon, James and the whole crew for their patience and understanding during this "challenging" period.
“Our objectives for the GSE team this year are very clear as we will be working closely with our factory World Superbike team to further jointly develop the all new R1 by running the same specification machines throughout the season. And then simply win..."
Ben Spies has already taken the new big bang-inspired R1 to three WSBK race victories in 2009.