Tonight the Team head for Spain with the new P&M Suzuki. As well as refreshing the riders, there is a host of work to be done, nothing unusual, but just an awful lot of it – hence the 5 days test.
We shall be taking both the 2014 bike (the bike that won at Nurburgring and broke a crank at Aragon last year), which is currently fitted with a road engine for rolling chassis testing, and the new bike for carburation and rolling chassis work.
The new frame (146) has been revised in several areas compared with our original bike, but most notably with a steeper steering head angle, lowered swinging arm pivot and with more vertical downtubes above the swinging arm pivot. The engine has been revised to use an original crankshaft rather than a modified item, in an effort to improver reliability. Bill Simpsons new tanks will also be fitted.
Hugh Brasher, Ian Simpson and Peter Linden will be the main team this year, and we are very pleased that Stephane Mertens will stand in for Peter during his period of recovery from his wrist operation in late March. So Stephane will be with us for Paul Ricard and Mettet. All riders will be present for the tests.
Confirmed dates for the team are:
Paul Ricard 4/5th April
Mugello 2/3rd May TBC
Mettet 30/31st May
Spa 4/5th July
Classic Bol 18th/19th September
Snetterton 10/11th October TBC
Aragon 30/31st October
We will report back later……. RB
PS: It’s a great time to join the team in the workshop….. The racing is second to none and so are the pies and pints on the workshop weekends…. Come on, do it!