1st Superstock podium for East and Downshift

3rd Place at Brands Hatch GP
Monster Energy British Superbike Round – Brands Hatch GP Circuit – National Superstock 1000
The Brands Hatch GP circuit is my favourite race circuit on the calendar. I enjoy riding the track more than any other and when we rolled out for the first few laps of practice we found we had started the weekend with a good set up to support me on the bike right away. I was happy with the bike and finished the session in 6th position on a time of 1:30:040 with just minor changes throughout the session.
Qualifying 1 was met with Brilliant blue sky’s in the middle of the day so track temperature was up. We got a fast time in early, sitting us in 6th position once again on a 1:29:117, considerably faster than practice. For the rest of the session I stayed out only returning to the pits to try a few things to get used to the used tyre.
Our strategy for qualifying 2 was to put together a few laps on the old tyre for familiarity with the circuit, then put in a new rear for a qualifying lap. Once again I felt comfortable right away so came in for the new tyre early. I found a gap, done one outlap then pushed for my qualifying time and got it with a 1:28:620 which moved me up to 4th place where I would stay for the rest of the session after putting in a string of high 1:28’s and low 1:29’s which gave me confidence that I could keep the pace in the race. In warm up we sat out most of the session due to a wet track after rain in the early hours of the morning. I entered the circuit with a few minutes to go just to practice some starts.
Race
A good launch got me away with the front pack and I was up to 4th by we entered the GP circuit, but with little initial grip I had moments at Surtees and a big out of the seat moment at Hawthorne’s which let Jess Trayler and Luke Quigley by. It was a less than perfect first lap which I would complete in 7th position. Lap 2 I held station and pushed away with the leading pack, at Stirling’s bend I had a moment where my gear lever touched down and knocked the bike out of gear which had my heart in my mouth. I lost a bit of time after this which I would need to make up to Luke Quigley and Jess Trayler as Adam Jenkinson had crashed out at Clearways bend. On lap 3 I had kept in touch on a 1:28:804 and had moved up to 5th position due to Hudson Kennaugh retiring out of the race. For the rest of the race until the last lap was a case of staying in touch and maintaining my pace. I was struggling with front grip but with a last push I closed on to the back of Luke Quigley in the last two laps. During the last lap I was right on him and knew my best part of the circuit was the 3rd sector. I made a move at Hawthorne’s knowing I had the pace on Quigley and held the 4th position for the rest of the lap until I got to clearways where just a few seconds up the road Josh Elliot had lost the front going in to Clearways. 3rd place was mine and when I crossed the line I was ecstatic! I was effectively gifted the podium after Josh Elliot fell, but I still feel I deserved the podium as our pace had been strong all weekend, and we were there at the end. I fought hard in the race, battling with grip issues amongst others and we were still there at the end, which gives me confidence for the coming rounds and generally makes me feel like I am back to the rider I know I can be. I can’t thank Downshift Motorsport enough for their faith and support; it’s appreciated beyond words as well as the support of our collected financial and product sponsors. Further thanks go to my personal sponsors Walters Medical and all of my family and friends. I’m a lucky lad! And I can’t wait to get to work for another podium at Thruxton.

Downshift Motorcycle & Mountain Bike are a business based in Preston, Lancashire, UK, and specialise in competition cycle sports. Race Service, Builds, Maintenance and Product Purchase are available and carried out with the highest possible standards.
www.putoline.co.uk – The best High Performance Engine Lubriation.
www.held.de – For 1st class rider protection
www.jtsprockets.com – Downshift is geared using JT Sprockets
http://www.ftwco.com/ – Downshift’s apparel of choice – Shirts on our back,

Photo By Bonny Lane

Photo By Bonny Lane

Picture Credit Bonny Lane

Picture Credit Bonny Lane

at home, or at the track

http://racebikebitz.com/Kawasaki-ZX10-R-2011-2014-7-Piece-Moulded-Y-Piece-Samco-Sport-Silicone-Hose-Kit-Race-Design

– Seen the custom camo Samco Sport performance silicone hoses keeping the Downshift machines running cool? well you can order them today on the link above, quote in the comment box when ordering, Green, Black, Red and White when choosing custom camo for a Downshift replica design, or mix it up with the colour of your choice.
http://www.bournemouth-kawasaki.co.uk/ – The ZX10’s had lights and mirrors once. No really, and when they did, they came from Bournemouth Kawasaki. Order your Kawasaki machine, gear or parts today.
http://www.moto-master.com/ – The best brakes around are stopping Downshift this year.
http://www.dynojet.co.uk/ – Give us the figures we want to see. BHP.
www.gbracing.eu – Engine Protection
https://www.directdistributionservice… – Buy your consumables today.
www.k-tech.uk.com – Downshift turn and grip with KTECH Suspension Components
http://www.bellhelmets.com/ – The choice of Crash Helmet for Downshift. Light, Strong, ready for P1.
http://www.pfc.parts/ – Gives Downshift stopping power with superior brake pads.
www.venhill.co.uk – Providing fast lines, Venhill Brake Hoses.
www.jap4performance.com – The beautiful Carbon Frame Protectors on the Downshift ZX10R’s are kindly supplied by Jap 4, check out their range.
www.reactiveparts.com – Race Parts

James East is proudly sponsored by Walters Medical

Knockhill Report

Mid season blip at Knockhill

We experienced some misfortune at Knockhill for round 6 of the Championship after being collected in a first lap scrum.

Free practice saw us set a good pace early on ending the session in 6th position.

Qualifying 1 Dry track
We pushed on and was moving forward straight away, but with this grip issues came in to play which would finally catch me out at The Scotsman, 3rd turn.
Minor damage and rider ok, we needed to try something different for QP2

Qualifying 2 Dry track
Entering the session on an old tyre we pushed to find a good feeling in the set up for the race. After 10 laps I felt we needed to put the new tyre in but an issue with the rear brake lost us some time in pitlane. Unfortunately with only 3 minutes to go we did not get available track for a fast time and benefit from the new tyre so we would end the session in 14th.

Warm up
We improved the bike for grip but a big moment in the first corner showed a lack of grip at the front end which had been given away in the setting change, again after viewing the data we would make many chances for the race to find grip on the side of the tyre.

Race
I got a terrible start, one to be ashamed of! But I pushed to the outside in the first corner to hit the inside in the 2nd.
Going in to the Scotsman again, I was hit on the right side in the handle bar, taking me down.

If anything can be taken from the weekend it’s a starting point for the next round at Brands Hatch, as in the short amount of time on track in the race confirmed a big improvement in the bike for the middle of the turn.
Brands Hatch GP is my favourite circuit and one I have lead at in the past, so I am looking for our best finish yet next time out.

Thank you to everyone for their continued support, I cannot thank the Downshift Team enough for their efforts. Further thanks go to our treasured financial sponsors and technical partners, for without whom we would not be competition, also special thanks to my personal sponsor Walters Medical and supporting friends Simon and Karen Sherras.
Downshift Motorcycle & Mountain Bike are a business based in Preston, Lancashire, UK, and specialise in competition cycle sports. Race Service, Builds, Maintenance and Product Purchase are available and carried out with the highest possible standards.
www.putoline.co.uk – The best High Performance Engine Lubriation.
www.held.de – For 1st class rider protection
www.jtsprockets.com – Downshift is geared using JT Sprockets
http://www.ftwco.com/ – Downshift’s apparel of choice – Shirts on our back, at home, or at the track

http://racebikebitz.com/Kawasaki-ZX10-R-2011-2014-7-Piece-Moulded-Y-Piece-Samco-Sport-Silicone-Hose-Kit-Race-Design

– Seen the custom camo Samco Sport performance silicone hoses keeping the Downshift machines running cool? well you can order them today on the link above, quote in the comment box when ordering, Green, Black, Red and White when choosing custom camo for a Downshift replica design, or mix it up with the colour of your choice.
http://www.bournemouth-kawasaki.co.uk/ – The ZX10’s had lights and mirrors once. No really, and when they did, they came from Bournemouth Kawasaki. Order your Kawasaki machine, gear or parts today.
http://www.moto-master.com/ – The best brakes around are stopping Downshift this year.
http://www.dynojet.co.uk/ – Give us the figures we want to see. BHP.
www.gbracing.eu – Engine Protection
https://www.directdistributionservice… – Buy your consumables today.
www.k-tech.uk.com – Downshift turn and grip with KTECH Suspension Components
http://www.bellhelmets.com/ – The choice of Crash Helmet for Downshift. Light, Strong, ready for P1.
http://www.pfc.parts/ – Gives Downshift stopping power with superior brake pads.
www.venhill.co.uk – Providing fast lines, Venhill Brake Hoses.
www.jap4performance.com – The beautiful Carbon Frame Protectors on the Downshift ZX10R’s are kindly supplied by Jap 4, check out their range.
www.reactiveparts.com – Race Parts

James East is proudly sponsored by Walters Medical

Snetterton Superstock, Round 5 Report

Photo Credit with thanks to Bonnie Lane

Photo Credit with thanks to Bonnie Lane

10th for East and Downshift
The flat and fast Norfolk circuit of Snetterton near Norwich is the venue for round 5, and a gruelling pace would top every session for the pack to chase.
Free Practice: We got off to a great start as we had run some laps in testing which made the track feel familiar right away. Leading the session early on we would end in 4th with a mid 1:52. Post session we looked in to helping the bike close a turn for a faster time.
Qualifying 1: Again leading early on we were fast from the offset. With a moment in the middle of the session of which being a fuel delivery issue, we got back out to put a fast time in on the last lap, but I felt inconsistant with a lot of movement from the bike, again we finished the session in 4th on a 1:52 flat with some work to do again to help close the turn and find some consistancy.
Qualifying 2: With a higher seated position we pushed for a fast time, this setting was good on the new tyre, a qualifying setting, but the time would come again at the end of the session with a 1:51.9 to put us 7th on the grid for the race.
Warm Up: We tried a different suspension set up once more, running lighter but supported spring rates in the front of the bike. With the limited time available I didn’t get the feeling I wanted so we reverted back to a previous setting for the race.
Race: I got a poor start, the revs dropped a little low as the lights went out but I swapped to the inside to defend a tight line and get an early drive in the first corner. Passing some people on the first two laps I regained my qualifying position, sat in the pack in 7th position. I picked off some people on lap 3 to come up behind Hudson Kennaugh, but at the end of lap 4 I realised I was using a lot of tyre keeping the pace and started having a lot of moments. Lap 6 and I had a big moment in the middle of the first turn, Riches, which allowed some other riders through and from here on I battled to keep in touch with the pack battling for 5th position. At the end of the race I was 10th. On reflection I am disappointed with my result as I feel we are capable of more, but the race brought a lot of realisation and I learnt more in the race laps than the whole of testing and the race weekend. There is a balance to be found now for the rest of the season, and this is something I cannot wait to get working on with my Mechanic, Dave, and KTECH Suspension. With the knowledge gained from the race of what I feel is needed in terms of setup, I further believe we will find a set up at the next round at Knockhill which will bring consistent fast lap times, and confirm a position at the front of the pack from the beginning of the race weekend. For now I am working hard on my fitness for the next round at Knockhill as the circuit gives no breaks at all. Thank you to all for their continued support, I cannot thank the Downshift Team enough for their efforts. Further thanks go to our treasured financial sponsors and technical partners, for without whom we would not be competition, also special thanks to my personal sponsor Walters Medical and supporting friends Simon and Karen Sherras.
Downshift Motorcycle & Mountain Bike are a business based in Preston, Lancashire, UK, and specialise in competition cycle sports. Race Service, Builds, Maintenance and Product Purchase are available and carried out with the highest possible standards.
www.putoline.co.uk – The best High Performance Engine Lubriation.
www.held.de – For 1st class rider protection
www.jtsprockets.com – Downshift is geared using JT Sprockets
http://www.ftwco.com/ – Downshift’s apparel of choice – Shirts on our back, at home, or at the track
http://racebikebitz.com/Kawasaki-ZX10-R-2011-2014-7-Piece-Moulded-Y-Piece-Samco-Sport-Silicone-Hose-Kit-Race-Design
– Seen the custom camo Samco Sport performance silicone hoses keeping the Downshift machines running cool? well you can order them today on the link above, quote in the comment box when ordering, Green, Black, Red and White when choosing custom camo for a Downshift replica design, or mix it up with the colour of your choice.
http://www.bournemouth-kawasaki.co.uk/ – The ZX10’s had lights and mirrors once. No really, and when they did, they came from Bournemouth Kawasaki. Order your Kawasaki machine, gear or parts today.
http://www.moto-master.com/ – The best brakes around are stopping Downshift this year.
http://www.dynojet.co.uk/ – Give us the figures we want to see. BHP.
www.gbracing.eu – Engine Protection
https://www.directdistributionservice… – Buy your consumables today.
www.k-tech.uk.com – Downshift turn and grip with KTECH Suspension Components
http://www.bellhelmets.com/ – The choice of Crash Helmet for Downshift. Light, Strong, ready for P1.
http://www.pfc.parts/ – Gives Downshift stopping power with superior brake pads.
www.venhill.co.uk – Providing fast lines, Venhill Brake Hoses.
www.jap4performance.com – The beautiful Carbon Frame Protectors on the Downshift ZX10R’s are kindly supplied by Jap 4, check out their range.
www.reactiveparts.com – Race Parts

James East is proudly sponsored by Walters Medical

Snetterton BSB Test

Snetterton East

3 x 50 minute sessions were on the offering for us at Snetterton for the official BSB Test. This is our last test before the team leaves for the prestigious Isle Of Man TT, and crucial for the next round which is at the Snetterton circuit in late June.
Session 1
We quickly got up to speed, pushing in to the 52’s and 2nd out of the Superstock runners. The time of a 1:52:8 came from an unstable bike, which was losing grip on the throttle as well and using the tyre, many different damping setting were tried on the suspension to try to control this, with a conclusion that we would need a heavier spring rate for the 2nd session.
Session 2
With extra support from the heavier spring the bike was positioned better on the exit of the turn, but still fell through the stroke under maximum torque, making the bike twitchy to ride and unstable on the exit of the turn.
Session 3
We went faster, but not enough, the bike was still difficult to ride with little control of the rear shock, despite trying different lengths as well as damping settings.
We ended the day 4th fastest, with an insight in to what we will need come round 5 of the Championship.

Thank you to our professional sponsors for their continued support.

Donington Battle Boosts Championship Position

Donington-East

Donington WSBK was the venue for the 4th round of the National 1000 Superstock Championship, as a support race to the British round of the World Superbike Championship.

Difficulties with setup were at the forefront all weekend with many different settings tried throughout the sessions until a suitable setting in terms of geometry was found to make it possible to turn in the race.
A fast time wasn’t found in qualifying so we would start 21st on the grid with gritted teeth ready to push forward in the race.

I’d like to say I got a good start but I let the clutch out a little fast making the bike wheelie, however I made up for this on the first lap.
I was soon through a gaggle of riders to find a Gap to another group, linked to the top ten.
After the gap was bridged I got involved in a brilliant battle.
Ever increasing in pace I made my way through the riders up to 10th place and went on the hunt for two riders infront. On the last lap of the race I was on both riders when they colided, handing me 8th position, and I would receive the flag with an exuberent team waving over the fence.

I am happy with this result, we kept it real, didn’t push past the situation at hand to risk a crash, and came home with a result which has boosted us in the championship.
From our aparent capabilities, the top 5 has to be our target for all rounds in the rest of the season.
Downshift Motorcycle & Mountain Bike are a business based in Preston, Lancashire, UK, and specialise in competition cycle sports. Race Service, Builds, Maintenance and Product Purchase are available and carried out with the highest possible standards.
www.putoline.co.uk – The best High Performance Engine Lubriation.
www.held.de – For 1st class rider protection
www.jtsprockets.com – Downshift is geared using JT Sprockets
http://www.ftwco.com/ – Downshift’s apparel of choice – Shirts on our back, at home, or at the track
http://racebikebitz.com/Kawasaki-ZX10-R-2011-2014-7-Piece-Moulded-Y-Piece-Samco-Sport-Silicone-Hose-Kit-Race-Design
– Seen the custom camo Samco Sport performance silicone hoses keeping the Downshift machines running cool? well you can order them today on the link above, quote in the comment box when ordering, Green, Black, Red and White when choosing custom camo for a Downshift replica design, or mix it up with the colour of your choice.
http://www.bournemouth-kawasaki.co.uk/ – The ZX10’s had lights and mirrors once. No really, and when they did, they came from Bournemouth Kawasaki. Order your Kawasaki machine, gear or parts today.
http://www.moto-master.com/ – The best brakes around are stopping Downshift this year.
http://www.dynojet.co.uk/ – Give us the figures we want to see. BHP.
www.gbracing.eu – Engine Protection
https://www.directdistributionservice… – Buy your consumables today.
www.k-tech.uk.com – Downshift turn and grip with KTECH Suspension Components
http://www.bellhelmets.com/ – The choice of Crash Helmet for Downshift. Light, Strong, ready for P1.
http://www.pfc.parts/ – Gives Downshift stopping power with superior brake pads.
www.venhill.co.uk – Providing fast lines, Venhill Brake Hoses.
www.jap4performance.com – The beautiful Carbon Frame Protectors on the Downshift ZX10R’s are kindly supplied by Jap 4, check out their range.
www.reactiveparts.com – Race Parts
Downshift are backed, sponsored and partnered by Gridworx, Nettworx, 2Works traffic management, Star Delta, AUS, Duco Power and Aptus Utilities, Vinyl Infusion.
James East is proudly sponsored by Walters Medical

Top Ten Finish and Championship Position Improvements – Oulton Park Blog

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Photo Credit, with thanks to: Bonnie Lane

Round 3

Friday was dry with damp in the air for free practice. Rain could be felt and seen on the visor but grip was available, just not 100%. With this I got off to a good start in the testing conditions, finishing the session in 3rd, but was uncomfortable on the bike which we had set quite open to generate feel and to track the undulations of the circuit.

Come lunch time the clouds had let go and we were faced with a wet first qualifying session. I was quite happy with this as it gave me a chance to try my bike in the wet, and was also easier on my injured foot I had damaged in training.
We finished the wet session in 11th with a good initial setting and feel.

Qualifying on Sunday came from a scare in the Night following an allergic reaction. I suffered anaphalaxis to a serious state, and had to leave the circuit in an ambulance. I was passed to ride on Sunday but had to do 2 laps to make sure everything wasn’t coming at me to fast, so to speak, and from their I pushed on.
I didn’t feel well, but put a time in to qualify 11th which I was happy enough with, given the situation.

Warm Up. We tried something different with the bike, and it worked. I was more comfortable on the bike and even did a good practice start, which is something of a rarity for me!

Race
A good start put me in the mix and I made some places in the first turn.
On the first lap I got caught with Jess Trayler and a gap began to increase. A contrast in styles was clashing between me and Jess, who was very late on the brakes but slow in the mid corner, which made him very difficult to pass. When I got by he would out brake me again, and this continued until he collided with me in the chicane which allowed 2 riders passed and nearly ended with us on the floor.
I got back in to action,  but was struggling to get in to rythem immediately. As the race panned out I finally got passed Jess with enough of a gap to hunt down a rider in front, but on lap 10 Tom Tunstall had an unfortunate highside coming out of Shell Oils Hairpin which would red flag the race.

I finished the race in 8th position, and was happy because I had set my fastest lap on the last lap of the race.
The times were not as good as what I have shown before, and in general I feel I haven’t shown my potential so far. But with this said, we have moved up to 7th in the Championship and I am ready to work hard to get to where we need to be, and where I know I am capable of being.

I want to thank everyone for their support. The whole team, with special thanks to my mechanic Dave and his lovely wife Karla, Charlie and Lisa, Julie and Richard from Walters Medical, Mick and Dave – Mototrombo, and Simon and Karen for their long lasting support. New thanks go to Ursula and PFC Brakes for her support with PFC’s excellent brake pads.
Further thanks go to everyone again for helping me on saturday night, it was scary at one point, and without their assistance it could have been a lot worse, so thank you, in fact I can’t thank you enough.
Special thanks to our collective sponsors, who have made this fantastic effort possible.

Downshift Motorcycle & Mountain Bike are a business based in Preston, Lancashire, UK, and specialise in competition cycle sports. Race Service, Builds, Maintenance and Product Purchase are available and carried out with the highest possible standards.

www.putoline.co.uk – The best High Performance Engine Lubriation.

www.held.de – For 1st class rider protection

www.jtsprockets.com – Downshift is geared using JT Sprockets

http://www.ftwco.com/ – Downshift’s apparel of choice – Shirts on our back, at home, or at the track

http://racebikebitz.com/Kawasaki-ZX10-R-2011-2014-7-Piece-Moulded-Y-Piece-Samco-Sport-Silicone-Hose-Kit-Race-Design
– Seen the custom camo Samco Sport performance silicone hoses keeping the Downshift machines running cool? well you can order them today on the link above, quote in the comment box when ordering, Green, Black, Red and White when choosing custom camo for a Downshift replica design, or mix it up with the colour of your choice.

http://www.bournemouth-kawasaki.co.uk/ – The ZX10’s had lights and mirrors once. No really, and when they did, they came from Bournemouth Kawasaki. Order your Kawasaki machine, gear or parts today.

http://www.moto-master.com/ – The best brakes around are stopping Downshift this year.

http://www.dynojet.co.uk/ – Give us the figures we want to see. BHP.

www.gbracing.eu – Engine Protection

https://www.directdistributionservice… – Buy your consumables today.

www.k-tech.uk.com – Downshift turn and grip with KTECH Suspension Components

http://www.bellhelmets.com/ – The choice of Crash Helmet for Downshift. Light, Strong, ready for P1.

http://www.pfc.parts/ – Gives Downshift stopping power with superior brake pads.

www.venhill.co.uk – Providing fast lines, Venhill Brake Hoses.

www.jap4performance.com – The beautiful Carbon Frame Protectors on the Downshift ZX10R’s are kindly supplied by Jap 4, check out their range.

www.reactiveparts.com – Race Parts

Downshift are backed, sponsored and partnered by Gridworx, Nettworx, 2Works traffic management, Star Delta, AUS, Duco Power and Aptus Utilities, Vinyl Infusion.

James East is proudly sponsored by Walters Medical
Daniel Hegarty is proudly sponsored by RTR Motorcycles and Paul Thompson

Brands Hatch, Improvements open door to top ten – Blog

Brands Hatch, the venue for round 2, with beautiful brisk spring weather to set the scene over the short, sharp and demanding Indy Circuit.

I was really looking forward to this race, Brands Indy is one of the shortest circuits on the calendar, and this leads you in to a sense that it would be the simplest, however this is not the case. To acquire a fast lap time you must gain enough grip to generate a lap just a few hundredths of a second faster than the man next to you, and on a lap where you’re pushing to finish in just 46 seconds, these hundredths are impossible without a bike which is working with, and for you.

In practice we got away well and went to work on generating grip and control of the rear shock, of which had plagued us with issues at Donington Park.
We made some changes to generate feel from the bike, however the session would end before a balance could be found. After the session, several changes to the bike’s geometry were changed to try and generate grip.

Qualifying 1, we improved again with a longer bike and several suspension and geometry changes. I pumped and slid my way to 9th spot, I was pushing hard with around 6 laps before the new tyre started to unmask the ongoing issue of losing control on the rear suspension. Q1’s efforts for 9th place would be achieved with a 47.4 second lap time.

After first qualifying we made changes again with spring rates on the front and rear, Q1 had me focused on a smooth and fast lap time, as the session was very frustrating with the unpredicatble nature of the grip given. Qualifying 2 I had the plan of doing a few laps to get my head up to speed then put a new tyre in to push for a lap time.
We did a time good enough for 11th on the grid, which was achieved on the new tyre but after 6 laps we were sliding and losing control. This wore the tyre quickly which had me concerned for the length of the race.

Further changes were made for warm up, and we found more grip again, with the new set up I was as confident as I had been and ready to sink my teeth in to the race.

The launch off the line was good and I was in the mix on the first lap, overtaking people on the exit of druids and in to clearways. Pushing hard I got through to 8th place but on lap 4 a massive moment was to come at the bottom of clearways. My strongest overtaking spot has always been paddock hill bend, so as I came out of clearways I needed a good drive to get alongside for Paddock Hill Bend. I did exactly that, drove hard off the turn but as I hit the dip at the bottom of clearways the back came right around on me and pinged me out of the seat, I held on as the bike was heading for the grass on the inside to finally grab a hold of the bike, rush along the grass, hit a foam advertisement sign and re join.
With the pack so close I was a way back in 17th place but got to work straight away on making the places up. Mostly in to paddock hill bend I picked off as many people as possible, to finally finish in 9th place.

This 9th place also puts us in 9th place in the championship standings. I know when we find a consistent set up, we will be able to push towards the top 5 and grab podiums in the not too distant future, I’m excited for the season ahead.

Thank you to the entire team, with special thanks to my mechanic and chief tech Dave Hopkinson for his relentless efforts.

Further thanks go to our treasured sponsors who provide 100% support from their respected positions. Thank you to my personal sponsors Walters Medical.

Thank you all, I will keep pushing until we get there.

James

Downshift on the points table in season opener

Donington-BSB-East A cold and bleak winter’s testing was followed by a sunny weekend for round 1 of the championship at Donington Park.
Photo: Colin Port

43 riders strong, the Superstock championship has a line up of varied riders and machines for 2015, with the usual contenders of recent years on the Kawasaki ZX10R, but many competitors choosing to run the all new BMW and Yamaha machinery.

We got off to a great start, with both me and Hego in the top 10 in practice, me 7th and Dan 8th with average times in the 1:34’s.
I didn’t feel comfortable in the practice session, the bike was moving a lot and hard to bring down to an apex, so we reviewed the data and went to work on an improvement for qualifying.

Qualifying practice didn’t go to plan, I quickly found that we had gone the wrong way with the set up and the bike was very difficult to ride with very little grip. I was unable to put a good time in so again we put in some work to bring a new set up to Qualifying 2.

Qualifying 2 saw us improve the bike however it was still violent on the throttle with seemingly little grip to be found. I pushed as hard as I could without putting myself in to a position where a crash was likely and we got to a time in the 1:33’s good enough for 15th on the grid.

We changed spring rates and the bike’s geometry for Warm up which worked, we hold solved some of the pumping issues and gained some stability, so with the bike feeling the best it had felt, we kept the newly found set up for the race.

A good launch kept me with the row in front in the first corner. I got on the throttle early and drove inside many people at Hollywood to get away with an early group.

Making my way through the group I got to the front and 8th place on lap 4 and started to go for the Top 7 in front of me, but on lap 6 a big warning was to come when I exited the foggy esses. The bike broke grip once, twice and the third time kicked me out of the seat, at which point some of the people in the group around me started to come by.
The new tyre had masked over a set up problem looming, and from lap 6 I had major problems with grip and pumping. I was out of the seat and sliding just trying to hang on for the end of the race, and at the end we would finish in 13th place.

I am happy to get off to the start of the season on the championship table without any setbacks in terms of a crash, we have a lot of work to do in testing, but I am confident we will be able to push for podiums on more familiar circuits in the coming rounds.

My team mate Dan had the worst luck with an un predictable electrical fault, turning his bike off and forcing him to retire. I’m wishing him the best of luck for his next race this coming weekend at Scarborough.

I can’t thank my team enough for the opportunity and package given, and Dave Hopkinson of Downshift Motorsport And Mountain bike for his hard work.

Thank you to our sponsors collectively, and my personal Sponsor Walters Medical, for they’re in put, I can’t wait to get to work for Brands Hatch, round 2, where I hope to bring them and the team as a whole closer to, or better yet, on the podium.

East and Downshift Team Up

R12 MCE British Superbikes Brands Hatch GP - 17/18/19 October 2014 Years of experience as well as combined passion for the sport has put a competitive package together for the season ahead with rider James East and Daniel Hegarty competing on 1000cc machines.
Both East and Hegarty will compete in the National 1000 Superstock Championship, East focusing on the series, competing for the Championship, and Hegarty focusing on International Road Racing, including the Isle of Man TT and Ulster International Grand Prix.

James – ‘ I am just delighted to join the Downshift Team. I’m so thankful to be given a package which will put me where I need to be. I’m taking a treasured sponsor with me in Walters Medical of whom I can’t thank enough. I can’t wait to race.’

Collective product and financial sponsors have joined the team in partnership for the coming efforts, of which all are very excited to work in collaboration. Downshift and the Riders are open for further partnerships and endorsement deals.
Downshift’s technical partners are:
Putoline oils, Held Biker Equipment, JT Sprockets, HiFlo Filters, FTWCO, Samco Sport Silicone Hoses, Racebikebitz, Bournemouth Kawasaki, Moto-Master Brakes, Dynojet, GB Racing, Direct Distribution, K-tech suspension, Bell Helmets, Venhill Brakes, Jap4 Performance and Reactive parts.

Dan and James are wearing Held HRD Race Suits, available for purchase today.

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Downshift Motorcycle & Mountain Bike are a business based in Preston, Lancashire, UK, and specialise in competition cycle sports. Race Service, Builds, Maintenance and Product Purchase are available and carried out with the highest possible standards.

www.putoline.co.uk – The best High Performance Engine Lubriation.

www.held.de – For 1st class rider protection

www.jtsprockets.com – Downshift is geared using JT Sprockets

http://www.ftwco.com/ – Downshift’s apparel of choice – Shirts on our back, at home, or at the track

http://racebikebitz.com/Kawasaki-ZX10-R-2011-2014-7-Piece-Moulded-Y-Piece-Samco-Sport-Silicone-Hose-Kit-Race-Design
– Seen the custom camo Samco Sport performance silicone hoses keeping the Downshift machines running cool? well you can order them today on the link above, quote in the comment box when ordering, Green, Black, Red and White when choosing custom camo for a Downshift replica design, or mix it up with the colour of your choice.

http://www.bournemouth-kawasaki.co.uk/ – The ZX10’s had lights and mirrors once. No really, and when they did, they came from Bournemouth Kawasaki. Order your Kawasaki machine, gear or parts today.

http://www.moto-master.com/ – The best brakes around are stopping Downshift this year.

http://www.dynojet.co.uk/ – Give us the figures we want to see. BHP.

www.gbracing.eu – Engine Protection

https://www.directdistributionservice… – Buy your consumables today.

www.k-tech.uk.com – Downshift turn and grip with KTECH Suspension Components

http://www.bellhelmets.com/ – The choice of Crash Helmet for Downshift. Light, Strong, ready for P1.

www.venhill.co.uk – Providing fast lines, Venhill Brake Hoses.

www.jap4performance.com – The beautiful Carbon Frame Protectors on the Downshift ZX10R’s are kindly supplied by Jap 4, check out their range.

www.reactiveparts.com – Race Parts

Downshift are backed, sponsored and partnered by Gridworx, Nettworx, 2Works traffic management, Star Delta, AUS, Duco Power and Aptus Utilities

James East is proudly sponsored by Walters Medical
Daniel Hegarty is proudly sponsored by RTR Motorcycles and Paul Thompson

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East – Mid Season Update

After Knockhill James split with the Brabus Opus Team due to a raised and unjustified dispute.

The following rounds saw James, Race for the Tsingtao Team for one race at Brands Hatch and after, under new sponsorship, race with the ILR Kawasaki Team at both Oulton Park and Silverstone Superstock events, Silverstone racing alongside Moto GP.

James – ‘ It has been distressing time, but I cannot thank my supporters enough for their help. Thanks to friends sourcing new sponsors, who in turn have become friends, it has been possible for me to continue. I got off of the fantastic Ian Lougher run ILR Kawasaki at Silverstone not in a position I go racing for, but with a smile on my face after some old form was shown on track in a great race with Tom Tunstall.
I know what I’m capable of, and this will be shown in the future.’

Thanks go out to the continued supporters of James and his racing career.

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