James Ellison says switching to Showa suspension has been JG Speedfit Kawasaki's 'main focus' this winter despite also getting to grips with the new ZX-10R and is confident his team is on the brink of matching the factory World Superbike Kawasaki crew in terms of lap times.
The 35-year-old says he leaves Spain after a second stint of winter testing smiling having set personal best lap times at Aragon to demonstrate the team's improvements since November.
Despite adjusting to the new Kawasaki ZX-10R, Ellison felt the new Showa suspension has proven to be the biggest challenge during testing but it is an area he is feeling more confident with and is enjoying the biggest gains.
“With the two days last week at Jerez and now the two days at Aragon we are really starting to find a good direction with the new Showa suspension,” Ellison said. “This was the biggest change for the team this year and has been a main focus throughout testing. We have been looking at the parameters of the suspension as it is all new to us and we have found a good direction.
“We went quite a bit quicker than we did here at the last test in November and actually got real close to the World Superbike guys on race tyres, so that was something I was quite pleased with.”
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team completed its second two-day test as a three-rider set-up with Ellison working alongside new team-mates Peter Hickman and Leon Haslam. The BSB squad will now head back to base in the UK to assess the data and information collected ahead of one final trip to Spain to test at Cartagena as it ramps up preparations for the 2016 BSB season opener at Silverstone on the 8-10 April.
“All three of us were pretty close as well so we are all focused now on the next test and what we can improve,” Ellison added. “For me it has been a successful and positive test before our next test at Cartagena; I am really happy with how it has gone.”