“Pre-season testing has gone well and as expected with a brand new bike there was a lot of things to try. A couple of setbacks early on slowed progress but the team worked well to overcome them and move things forward. Changes were made at the Donington test to make the riding position comfortable but despite that I was struggling to find the speed we expected.
The main complaint was the bikes ability to turn. Constant adjustments were made to improve the turning at every part of the corner. By the end of the test the settings were maxed out, particularly the rear shock.
For the next test at Brands Hatch a new part was available to try which increased the length of the shock significantly. This instantly transformed the bike and the turning was much improved. The pace then came much more easily and I could make the most of the track time to make changes to improve the overall handling. Front end feel whilst trail braking and initial turn in were much improved.”
“By the end of the day the bike was feeling good and I could start to push for lap times. The second day was the first round of the BMCRC championship and I was racing in the Powerbike class against more powerful 1000cc bikes. Qualifying went well and I was happy with the lap times and to qualify 8th amongst the bigger bikes. The races were difficult but good fun battling in the corners to make up for the lack of straight line speed.
Overall I am happy with how pre-season testing has gone.
I feel prepared now for the start of the season particularly as there are more improvements to be made which will again improve lap times.
I can’t wait for Round 1 at Brands Hatch this coming weekend and fully expect to start the season as strongly as I did last year.
Big thanks to the team for their hard work to improve the bike during testing and to all of my personal sponsors.”
Snetterton 300 – 5th – 7th July 2013
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship
With the arrival of much promised upgrades to the Ohlins suspension Jon improved his times each time he rode the bike. Qualifying 23rd for the race he managed to move up the field as the race progressed maintaining a good pace to the flag to finish 15th.
A test at the Brands Hatch GP circuit confirmed the improvement with the settings which should result in improved lap times at the next round of the championship at the circuit.
Continue reading “Jon Railton Newsletter 11/07/13”
Donington Park – 24th – 26th May 2013
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship
Having reverted to the Brands Hatch settings on the Team WD40 backed Kawasaki ZX10r for this round following a successful test at Donington a couple of weeks ago Jon felt more confident he would be running at the front of over 40 entered.
Free practice was wet and Jon set the fastest time which was a good start.
The first qualifying session began damp and everyone was using wet tyres and again Jon was very quick in these conditions posting the 2nd quickest time with 10 minutes to go. A few riders gambled and changed to a dry tyre which paid off for some. Aware that the next qualifier on Saturday was going to be dry Jon decided not to change tyres and dropped to 8th overall.
Continue reading “Jon Railton newsletter 27/05/2013”
Testing Oulton Park 26th April 2013
Following difficulties at the Thruxton round of the Pirelli National Superstock championship a further test at Oulton Park was arranged to sort out the handling. The test day began cold but improved throughout the day. Oulton always needed different settings which were used for the first three sessions. A stronger spring was tried for the remaining sessions which appeared to improve the handling although lap times did not improve which was put down to a worn rear tyre.
Continue reading “Jon Railton Newsletter – 23/05/2013”
Testing – Snetterton – 1st April 2013
This would be the last chance for Jon to test the new for 2013 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsas before the first round of the championships. The first session was very cold and Jon low sided on the second lap exiting Russell’s with minimal damage to the bike and himself.
The low temperatures persisted all day giving no chance to test the tyres at anything like race pace. Jon would have to try and set up both the Ducati which he had never ridden in the dry and Kawasaki ZX10r on the new tyres at Brands Hatch.
Continue reading “Jon Railton Newsletter – 21/04/2013”
Firstly a big thanks to all those supporters past and present who have contributed to the success and progress Jon has made to date.2013 marks a significant change in strategy as Jon takes the step of joining a team that has a substantial title sponsor and infra-structure capable of delivering resources which will enable Jon to progress beyond the National Superstock championship.
Continue reading “Jon Railton Newsletter – 19/03/2013”
Before getting too carried away with plans for next season I wanted to reflect on the 2012 season.
Pre-season testing went well following my performances in the last two rounds of the Spanish championship at the end of last year. I had no problems adapting to the Kawasaki ZX-10R having ridden the Aprilia RSV4 for two seasons.
Continue reading “Jon Railton – 2012 Round Up”
I was looking forward to the final round for the Hottrax Endurance Championship at Snetterton. It was my first endurance race since 2009 and the first time I was riding a 1000cc bike to battle overall victory although we did come close in my last endurance race at Silverstone only to be let down by a mechanical failure.
Continue reading “Hottrax National Endurance Round 8 – Snetterton 200”
The final round of the Metzler National Superstock 1000 Championship was upon us and it was the last chance to get on the podium!
Free Practice was a chance to assess how the ride height change used at the last round at Silverstone would work at Brands. The bike was difficult to ride on the firmer settings used for Silverstone so it was softened off for Q1.
Continue reading “Jon Railton Newsletter – 24/10/2012”
I always look forward to the Silverstone round of the championship, as it is one of the best circuits in the world. It’s also my local round so there’s usually plenty of support.
I changed some settings to improve the ZX-10R’s turning ability and riding position. My circuit knowledge is good especially having finished 5th in race 2 of the inaugural Silverstone 200 race meeting earlier in the year that supported the British Grand Prix.
Continue reading “Jon Railton Newsletter – 15/10/2012”