The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team is searching for a return to winning ways by testing out a number of new parts on James Ellison's and James Westmoreland's Kawasaki ZX-10R machines during Friday's free practice sessions at Thruxton this weekend.
Both riders missed last year's meeting at Thruxton due to injuries and will use the opening two practice sessions to re-familiarise themselves with the Hampshire circuit while running chassis updates and new engine set-ups.
Ellison says he's almost returned to full fitness after breaking two ribs at Snetterton during qualifying last month and hopes his Kawasaki's updates this weekend will discover vital gains in the fight for Podium points for the Showdown.
“We've got lots of things to try on Friday, with both me and James trying different things and experimenting with some bits which we'll then report back on in the evening, ready for Saturday,” Ellison said. “We can focus on getting back on that top step and give JG Speedfit something to cheer about at their main event.”
The former MotoGP rider says Thruxton is a track he always enjoys returning to after claiming a double rostrum finish in 2009 and a further podium in 2013.
“I love Thruxton,” he said. “I've always had some really good results there so I was gutted to miss it last season after the accident but I still remember every bump and turn so it'll only take a few laps Friday morning to see if anything's changed.”
A rejuvenated Westmoreland has made significant improvements in his results since Knockhill with four consecutive points finishes and is looking to carry his positive form into Thruxton.
“It's such a unique track and is unlike anything else we visit, particularly in terms of tyres as it's so abrasive you really have to manage them throughout the race,” Westmoreland said. “Traditionally it has always been a strong track of mine and I've had some good results so I'm excited to see how we'll fare this weekend."