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WFR pleased with Alcarras outcome

“We have made up over two seconds between the first and last day; some of that is down to knowing the track better but it is still a big improvement” - Graeme Gowland.
The WFR Honda team completed their final day on track at Alcarras on Wednesday as Alex Lowes, Graeme Gowland and James Westmoreland wrapped up six days of Spanish testing ahead of their return to the UK.

The trios main focus for the final day was on improving corner entry speed.

Lowes was hampered by a crash early in the last morning, but uninjured he was able to continue later in the day.

"Today wasn't too good as I crashed early in the session this morning and it meant I missed out on some time,” he said. “I just wanted to get out and have a good last day, but I think I pushed a bit too hard on a cool track so I only managed to get out for a few runs this afternoon.

“We were still able to make some changes in the right direction and even though I felt sore I got down to my best lap times of the test. I am feeling happy with how it has gone here in Spain and it was easier than I thought it would be to go fast straight away without making too many changes.

“We have done a lot of work on corner entry as that was where we were losing out to start with, but now there is a big difference and everything is good. Even though I had a crash I am feeling fine and looking forward to chilling out before we get back out on track in a few weeks at a BSB track."

Gowland was confident that the team had made big steps forward since arriving at the track on Monday.

"It has been a really good test for us and I think we have solved all the problems that we had when we first went out on track last November,” he declared. “We have made some big changes but I think we have got to where we need to be and I think we are in a good position.

“We knew that this year we need to work to make the tyre last and with the changes we have made there have been some big steps forward. We have also worked on the control of the bike into the corners and that is where it makes a big difference for lap times.

“We have made up over two seconds between the first day of arriving and when we have left; some of that is down to knowing the track better but it is still a big improvement. As always there are still areas where we can improve when we go to Snetterton.”

Westmoreland was able to complete longer runs and was feeling positive that the changes they have made will help with tyre wear over race distance.

"It was an awesome final day here,” he said. “We managed to work through some chassis changes and refined what we had so I feel happy. We did a race run which was really consistent and we could lap in quick times even on the final lap. After the race run we found something to cure the corner entry problem we had to begin with.

“We are a lot closer to the finished article now. We have made a good improvement as the main area we lacked was corner entry. Our bike was strong everywhere in 2011 except that one place, hopefully now we have resolved that and improved in other areas too simultaneously."


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whynot - Unregistered

March 08, 2012 9:56 AM

be interesting to see what sort of time they were doing compared to GB moto and MSS Bathams i think all 3 of these have a great chance of being right up there. its gonna be so tough, so many good riders in it this year but can see one of these guys def making the shoot out. Consistancy will be the key for these young guns

The Burton Bullet - Unregistered

March 13, 2012 1:55 PM

why has Westy's pictured dissappeared from the BSB WFR team photo.just a 2 rider team now or is it just my suspicious mind.Nothing else has been posted on the web regarding this. reports say he was the slowest of the three riders at the spanish tests.



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