“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.”
Team WD-40 are celebrating two stunning wins from Tommy Aquino and Joe Francis in front of a bumper crowd at Cadwell Park over the Bank Holiday weekend. Aquino got the wheels in motion, maintaining his sensational recent form with a brilliant maiden victory in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000. Success on a sun-kissed afternoon saw the 21-year-old Californian storm up from seventh to third in the championship standings, and kept him in title contention with three races remaining. Following on from Aquino’s victory, Team WD-40 were celebrating again less than four hours later, when Joe Francis got the better of Andy Reid after a titanic tussle for glory over 12 epic laps in the Monster Energy Motostar. It means 15-year-old Joe, from Backford near Chester, now enjoys a 36 point lead over Tarran Mackenzie at the top of the Moto 3 class championship heading to Donington Park in two weeks’ time.
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”
After a bad start, Jorge Lorenzo finished third in Austin, which is sufficient for him to retain his leadership in the provisional classification of the championship.
The HJC Helmets rider needed the maximum concentration, intelligent racing and to ride alone in third position almost from beginning to end of the race.
Continue reading “Jorge Lorenzo, Third In Austin, Still Leads the World Championship”
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”
The second round of the National Superstock 1000 and the Monster Energy British Championships at Thruxton race circuit delivered some excellent results, including another podium position.
Joe Francis secured his secont trophy with a well deserved second place in the Motostar race, recording a record breaking lap time in the process.
Continue reading “Another Podium Position for Team WD40”
The 2013 season got off to a flying start for Team WD-40 in the opening round of the National Superstock 1000 and the Monster Energy Motostar British Championships, delivering some excellent results, including a first podium finish and trophy of the season for 15 year old Joe Francis.
Joe, secured second place in the Motostar race to get his season off to a great start on the Honda NSF250R.
Continue reading “Team WD40 Riders Excited by Season Opener”
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”