James Ellison says the final stint of pre-season testing will give his JG Speedfit Kawasaki squad the best opportunity to measure its improvements against rival MCE British Superbike squads ahead of the season opener at Silverstone.
With a little over a month remaining until the 2016 curtain raiser Ellison along with team-mates Leon Haslam and Peter Hickman are preparing to head back out to Spain for another leg of winter testing at Cartagena and Guadix.
Ellison is keen to see what gains his GBmoto-prepared squad has made since its last tests in Spain four weeks ago and is aiming to establish firm set-up options before returning to the UK.
With a number of fellow BSB teams also heading out to test at the Spanish circuits, Ellison is intrigued to see how he stacks up against some of his rivals before the season launches into action on the 8-10 April.
“I can't wait to get back out on my JG Speedfit Kawasaki this week, the guys in the workshop have been working around the clock since Aragon to resolve some issues and bring the bike up another level so I'm pretty confident we will be able to hit the ground running,” Ellison said. “Cartagena is a great place to ride and we'll be able to tick off a lot of set up options ahead of Guadix.
“It'll also be nice to have some of the other BSB teams on track too as we'll be able to see how we compare. By the time we get to Guadix, we should have a setting close to what we'll be starting the season with, so can concentrate on getting ready to race.”
Between the two stints of Spain testing Ellison has spent time in Texas with his family and worked alongside former MotoGP star Colin Edwards at his training camp. The British rider was joined by BSB rookie James Risopli who is gearing up for his maiden campaign with Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha.
“I flew back to Texas to see the family and was joined by James Rispoli, he's really quick on a motocross bike so it's been good having him pushing me in training,” he explained. “I've also just spent a week instructing at Colin Edwards' Boot Camp,
“I've been going every year since 2013 and whilst it's a lot of fun I learn something new each time I come, and the riding and bike control skills definitely transfer to what we do on a superbike.”