Global Motorsports Team Newsletter NZSBK round Event five
The Championship draws to a close at Taupo, and despite some early rain, weâ€™ve had an enjoyable weekend. See what Andrew and Ken have to say in the next few pages.
Team manager report
Meet the team
Kenâ€™s race report
02 Team manager report
After encouraging results at Hampton Downs last weekend, changeable weather slowed our progress over the weekend.
Friday morning at the Taupo track for round five of the national Championship greeted us with very wet track conditions and light rain.
race, the setting we used proved to give Ken little feel with the front end so he set about just finishing the race and bringing the bike home in one piece.
Paul and I carried out several suspension changes to suit the wet and cool conditions which gave us an improvement in front end feel. But within about an hour, the rain had stopped and the sun began to shine, throwing all of our changes out the window.
Race two brought much better weather conditions with fine weather and a dry track, and we were all confident that the good dry setting we had used on Saturday would prove to work well for race two.
Over the course of the day we made several more small changes (with the improving track conditions) allowing Ken to slowly improve his lap times. Saturday’s weather was fine and sunny with warm temperatures, meaning we worked our way back to almost the same setup that we used at the last round at Hampton Downs. We fitted a new set of Bridgestone R10’s for Qualifying, and Ken improved his times to a very good 1:35.7, for 12th on the grid. Sunday greeted us with showers which increased to rain by the call up for race one. Paul and I fitted a new set of Bridgestone wet weather tyres and changed the suspension settings to a softer “wet” setting. Unfortunately, after Ken’s good start in the
Ken didn’t get as good a start as he did in race one and was almost knocked off the bike twice before turn three by some loose riding from others. But he got into a good rhythm and started to pull away from slower riders. He was mid pack until about lap five into the race when he seemed to drop off the pace and finished the race in a disappointing 13th. Round five turned out to be very disappointing for the team, but we would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters for the 2012 national season. Special thanks to Paul (for his help in the pit), and Justin Power (who has been a great sponsor and good friend of the team). We hope to produce a much better result for 2013. Andrew Forward.
Meet the team Title
Suzuki’s new GSX-R600 has long been regarded as the weapon of choice in the 600cc classes, making it the perfect choice for our debut season.
Fresh from the showroom at Bay Motorcycles, the GSX-R600 is awesomely fast. But we’ve made the bike even better, with help from some of the best names in the business. Brian Bernard of Bernard Racing has fitted our engine with race cams to give us more punch out of corners and a higher top speed. And with the increased power, we’ll need the stickiest and longest-lasting tyres available; Bridgestone’s highly regarded BTR-10 racing slicks. To complement the increased grunt and grip, Kerry Dukic from Dukic Performance has upgraded our suspension with a K-Tech rear shock absorber and front fork kit that will see our already potent Suzuki handling beautifully and lapping at record pace this summer!
After a season in SuperLight, Ken Jones is back to tackle 600 Supersport with support from Andrew Forward of Global Motorsport.
Having raced in various classes over the last six years, Ken Jones is a familiar face in the paddock. He began in buckets at the age of fourteen, before making the move to 125GP in 2007 under the guidance of Maarty van Booma. After missing the 2009/10 season, Ken moved up to the SuperLight class for 2011. Riding the No Hair Racing YZF-R450. Ken placed fifth overall, scoring a best race result of third at Hampton Downs. Having seen Kenâ€™s potential, Global Motorsportâ€™s Andrew Forward has come onboard as title sponsor for the 2011/12 season. With a solid programme of preseason testing behind them, the team are race fit and gunning for a top five finish in the 2012 New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship.
Title info Track
Location! Location! Location!
When New Zealand was awarded a round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Taupo was selected as the venue, no doubt beating established rivals such as Pukekohe and Ruapuna.
Turn eleven: 2nd gear This is a double apex turn; be sure to make the second apex late as possible, as this will ensure a great drive down the chute
Indeed, a new pit complex had been built and the track had been recently extended with the A1GP series in mind, going from the old 1.3km club circuit to a 3km+ international grade facility; a project partly funded by the Labour Government who saw a scenic spot like Taupo as the best option to showcase New Zealand to the worldwide A1GP audience. A1GP folded in 2009, but the track remains and 2012 marks the first time in recent history that the Superbike Championship has been run at the track. Riders are treated to a circuit with a mix of slow and fast corners, a long straight, and gentle rise and fall over its 3.3 km length. Itâ€™s sometimes seen as a hard track to pass on, and pumice dust can make the surface slippery, but the Taupo Motorsport Park is certainly a venue that delivers exciting racing for riders and spectators, and a great spot to relax in before and after a meeting.
NB: Corner speeds are not available for this issue
Lap record: 600 Supersport - 1:31.242 (Jaden Hassan, March 2012)
Turn nine: 3rd gear Turn late as this is a bumpy turn. Early on the gas ensures the safety of the front end.
Turn eight: 4th gear Blast out of seven and into this fast down-then-uphill lefthander. A favourite corner at this track.
Turn one: 2nd gear Be careful not to trail the brake too long as this is the cause of alot of accidents in this turn.
Turn five: 2nd gear The entry to this hairpin turn is a prime spot for outbraking the competition.
Turn four: 3rd gear Watch your entry here as camber drops off on exit. Good drive gives a good defence or attack into five.
Turn fourteen: 2nd gear Be sure to take extra care here as the paint lines are slippery and ready to take victims.
Kenâ€™s race report 07
The Championship finishes with a couple of frustrating results, but Ken ends the season positive about what he has learned over the past six months.
The fifth and final round of the Championship was finally upon us and the weather was threatening to be difficult. Friday was an experimental day whilst we tried to improve our setup. Early on Saturday was our first official test session of the weekend. I was feeling confident and was keen to see what my times were like. By the end of the first session I had set myself a base lap time of 1:37.5. With this time I knew I could do more and after a couple of setup changes and an evaluation of my lines, I approached Qualifying with confidence. By the end of the session I managed to set a new personal best time of 1.35.7, which was enough to qualify 12th in Supersport. Sunday morning was grim, with wet, windy, and cold weather. We were quick to change our bike setup to what we thought was a good wet setup. With the lights out, I was off to an awesome start. I was quickly up to ninth, and couldnâ€™t believe it! However by the end of the first lap, the handling issues became obvious and I switched to survival mode and managed to bring the bike home in 15th.
Race two was next on the list, however this time the rain had gone and we were back to our dry setup from the day before. With the lights out I managed another average start and made a couple of spaces through the field, however by the fourth lap the bike had started to push the front as if the tyre had begun to lose temp and I finished in 13th place. Overall this weekend and season has been a difficult one however I have always put in 100 percent. This season has been a major learning curve and I can only learn and improve from it. I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone for their help and support this season. Ken. N.Z. 600cc Supersport Championship round five Qualifying
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A healthy grid of 600â€™s get underway in slippery conditions on Sunday morning.
Weâ€™ll be competing at 10 meetings over the summer, and would love to have you at the track to cheer us on!
Burt Munro Festival
Wyndham township and Teretonga, Invercargill
26th and 27th November 2011
Suzuki International Tri Series round one
Hampton Downs, Waikato
10th December 2011
Suzuki International Tri Series round two
Manfeild Park, Fielding
17th December 2011
Suzuki International Tri Series round three
Cemetery Circuit, Wanganui
26th December 2011
New Zealand Superbike Championship round one
Ruapuna Park, Christchurch
7th and 8th January 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round two
Levels Raceway, Timaru
14th and 15th January 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round three
Teretonga Park, Invercargill
21st and 22nd January 2012
Battle of the Streets
Hacksaw circuit, Paeroa
19th February 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round four
Hampton Downs, Waikato
17th and 18th March 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round five
Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo
24th and 25th March 2012
Hacksaw circuit, Paeroa
Hampton Downs, Waikato
Taupo Motorsport Park Cemetery Circuit, Wanganui Manfeild Park, Fielding
Ruapuna Park, Christchurch Levels Raceway, Timaru
Teretonga Park, Invercargill
Wyndham street circuit, Invercargill
Ken leads Karl Morgan during practice. Suzuki GSX-Râ€™s are popular in the Supersport ranks!
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