2016 Plans Changed

After initially creating plans to compete in the British Superbike Championship in 2016, the FS-3 team and James have not agreed on final terms and therefore have parted ways.

James will establish new prospects and move forward in 2016.

James – “I will not be racing with FS-3 in the British Superbike Championship this season, and although I am gutted that this situation has come to fruition, my love for motorcycle racing will keep me pushing forward.

I am available and determined to race in 2016, and I know I have the proficient skill, and dexterity to adapt and succeed in any class, and in any championship, whether it be domestic, or on the World Stage.”

James East
Motorcycle Racer
www.jameseast.com
+447783337702
jameseastmotorcycleracer@gmail.com

Pre Release – East moves to the British Superbike Championship with FS-3

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James East will race in the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, with a new team, FS-3 Racing. Headed by businessman Nigel Snook, the team are ready to make their debut campaign in the New Year.

The Coventry-based team will be officially launched next February, but already has strong foundations for their first season in MCE BSB. They have recently purchased race-winning hardware from PBM; including the Kawasaki ZX-10 machines campaigned by Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton in 2015.

The team is targeting 2016 as a learning experience with Snook’s friend and recently retired Ducati TriOptions Cup frontrunner, Darren Fry playing a key role in guiding the team. The team’s vision to run one bike in their opening season could then develop into a larger operation in their second year as they aim to become established in the premier class.

Team owner Nigel Snook commented: “The team’s philosophy is to bring on new talent and with that in mind we have James East joining us for 2016. He is a superbike rookie and we are giving him the opportunity to progress. We are now looking forward to the start of next year, when we will be announcing further details about the team and our plans for our new venture.”
Last updated: Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Update Blog

East

2016 is closing in and so is an update on my plans.

Thank you to the people in the background who are supporting me and making it come together,  I’m ready for the next level.

News to follow.

 

Easty

 


 

Silverstone to Brands Hatch, Low side Lows to Podium Highs, and 2015 sign off. Blog.

R12 Brands Downshift East Podium 15

Silverstone to Brands Hatch Low side Lows, to Podium Highs, and 2015 sign off. Blog.

I was looking forward to Silverstone as it’s very enjoyable to ride, if you’re precise, it rewards you with a fast lap time, and with our increased pace from the midpoint in the season, I knew we could battle at the front.

We qualified just 0.4 seconds off of pole position, but this was only good enough for 9th position on the grid.

With a good start I got to work and found myself moving through riders straight away, by the time I reached Vale Chicane I had an opportunity to overtake Barry Burrell for 6th place and took it as the leaders had already started to pull a lead on the pack. I got through and started to chase, but chased to hard.

As soon as I turned the bike for the fast left hand Farm Curve, I lost the front.
I was gutted as we had the pace to move forward, however I pushed too hard on the cold tyre and this was what caught me out. I apologised to my team and mechanic who had done a faultless job for me as always, and we put the result to bed, leaving us in 7th in the Championship ahead of Brands Hatch GP for the last round.

Brands Hatch GP Round 12

Brands Hatch GP is by far my most favourite track. Everything about the place gives me a good feeling when you’re on track, and I believe every corner suit’s the way I ride, so I was looking for nothing less than a podium.

Mixed Weather conditions tested us throughout the weekend, but we stayed at the sharp end in every session to finally qualify in 2nd position in 2nd Qualifying on Saturday, under 2 tenths off of pole position,, with a time of 1:28:2, which was much faster than I’ve ever been before.

In the race I got away well but slotted in behind Hudson Kennaugh and Keith Farmer on Lap 1.
Making sure the grip was where I needed it, I pushed at the start of Lap 2, overtaking Farmer at Paddock Hill Bend and started to push for Kennaugh, who had started to try and gap the pack.

For many laps I stayed in touch but couldn’t quite squeeze by the BMW on the brakes, on around lap 4 I made a mistake at druids by getting caught in between gears, and because of this I lost a little bit of time on the BMW to then find myself having to fend off a closing Josh Elliot.
Elliot’s Kawasaki come by at Paddock Hill bend but I quickly switched over and turned tight to get a run on him up the hill to Druids to get back by, and I did so with a planted move. When watching the coverage of the race after the meeting, Josh Elliot shook his head at me in Druids when I made the pass as I’m guessing he was frustrated and felt he had the pace to catch Kennaugh, but I was always going to come straight back at him, that’s just what you do!
Josh drove straight by down pilgrim’s drop, so I didn’t attack again in an effort to work and catch Kennaugh.
Kennaugh started to come back, and although I lost a little ground on the two in front I was still in touch and put my fastest lap of the race in on Lap 10 with a 1:28:1, the fastest lap of the race to that point.

In the closing stages Elliot had upped the pace once more in an attack on Kennaugh and on the penultimate lap just beat my time with a 1:27:9. The last lap came and Kennaugh pushed too hard at druids trying to fend off Elliot and lost the front, leaving me around 1.5 seconds off of Elliot which was too much to close, so I kept the pace enough to take the 2nd place at the flag, just 2 seconds off of Elliot and + 10 seconds in front of the next pack.

I, and the team were very happy, and still are. Despite many top 10 finishes, this round is the first where I’ve felt I am a genuine front runner, instead of pushing for the podium positions.
I can’t thank my team Downshift Motorsport enough for the commitment they have shown and the package they have produced, this has brought me on twice as fast to arrive at the pace and results that we have achieved, I feel like a stronger, more professional, and generally feel like a faster motorcycle racer because of it.
Further thanks go out to Dave Hopkinson, team mechanic and the team’s coordinator, who had the faith in me to put his word on the line and draft me in to the team, we did it mate.
Thank you to Jack Valentine for his over sight, I’ve appreciated your support and hope we can work together in the future.
Thank you to our supporting sponsors who are displayed proudly around our pristine set up, thank you so much for your support, you’re the reason we’ve hauled the trophies in, and special thanks to my personal sponsor, Walters Medical, who kept the faith also and of whom have been so helpful this season, I really appreciate it.


Our product sponsors have been faultless, the machines were the best turned out on the grid, so thank you for your support, I hope we can remain together in the future as contenders and winners.
I’d like to thank Simon and Karen Sherras who have been supporting me for many years, as well as Jake Beckworth, you’re brilliant, and I can’t thank you enough, again for your faith and generosity, you are diamonds, in the rough on Jake and Simon’s side, but diamonds all the same.
Thank you to my family, my Mum, Dad, Sister and Ursula, who have been there for me throughout. You’ve supported me and given me will and strength, and I’ll never give up.

I fear thanking all individually, because for those who know me well, memory is a fickle thing for me.
I wouldn’t want to say you know who you are either, as that seems and sounds like the easy way out, but please know I appreciate your support, it means the world to me, as does motorcycle racing, and please know you’ve not brought me back, I’m brand new, better than ever, and I’m ready to win.

Thank you for 2015

Over and Out

James
R12 Brands Downshift East Druids 15
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hotograph’s credited with thanks to Bonnie Lane Photography.

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.

New found pace achieves 5th place Championship promotion

The 2nd stop at Oulton Park saw us enter the last 3 rounds of the Championship. For this race I was ready to push hard and see what we got, as it’s not a favourite circuit of mine, and Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP were my preferred focus, however with that I knew with our new found, and ever increasing pace, we would be fast.

This confidence was met with confirmation of a fast time right away in free practice, on a 1:39:067 to see me finish the session in 4th position.

The bike felt good in Practice, but I felt more control was needed from the front of the motorcycle, so changes were made for Qualifying 1 where I found a new pace, much faster than my previous personal best with a time of 1:37:976 to put me 2nd on the grid provisionally. Our predictions for the setup had worked, of which I was very happy with.

Qualifying 2 was met by a wet track after rain over night, so no improvements were made on time which confirmed our 2nd place grid position and first front row start of the year.

The bike was fantastic, the best 1000cc machine I’ve ridden so after trying something in Warm Up which hadn’t given me a good feeling we reverted back to our qualifying setup for the race.

Race
I got a fantastic start and was in a good position for turn 1, on the first lap I tripped over the back of Alastair Seeley, who, had closed the door on me at She’ll Oils Hairpin, this lost me some time, but I was soon back on the leading pack when on lap 3, the safety car came out after a 1st turn crash involving 3 riders.
Upon the safety car returning, I got up to pace once more, posting my fastest lap of the race with a 1:37:4, but, as the final laps played out I couldn’t keep this pace on the worn tyre and I fell back to 5th place where I would finish the race.

I am happy with the pace achieved as we ran at the front and posted times well within those needed to achieve a podium, however we now need to work on holding this pace over a race distance.
Thank you to Downshift Motorsport, my mechanic Dave Hopkinson, Walters Medical, all of our collective sponsors which make the team possible, Simon and Karen Sherras and Jack Valentine for his oversight, all is appreciated and I’m looking forward to the closing rounds where I will be pushing for podiums.

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.

Photographs By Bonny Lane
Photographs By Bonny Lane

Cadwell Park 5th Draws Championship Closer

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Photo Credit - Bonny Lane
Photo Credit – Bonny Lane
or many, Cadwell Park is the number one race to look forward to on the calendar. With close racing promised due to the narrow track, hard out braking areas and the infamous Mountain to jump over, its undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating events of the year.

I have been on the podium in the past in other divisions at Cadwell Park, and my confidence remains from those results every year when it’s time to race the circuit again despite it not suiting the style of circuit I feel I excel on such as the GP format tracks.

Free Practice saw us post an average time within the 1:32’s, sitting me in 11th position, but this didn’t worry me as I could feel everything the bike was doing on track. The data backed up the issues I expressed so we were able to make a calculated decision of what to change the bike’s handling too.

Qualifying 1

We were straight up to pace, leading for most of the session on a 1:30:1 lap time set on the 10th lap which would eventually put me in 2nd position, I was very happy with the bike’s change and handling.

Qualifying 2 was interrupted by chalk dust after some blow ups earlier in the day which had me feeling nervous when entering the mountain chicane, I didn’t get the lap in at the end of the session on a clean track which I needed, my Qualifying 1 time would qualify me in 5th on the grid for the race.

Warm Up

In warm up we tried some different things on the bike just to find more grip but found that a sweet spot had been found in first qualifying which we would go with for the race.

Race
I got a good launch in the first start and was in 5th position and holding station to let the first few laps play out and avoid any incidents. When the red flag came out due to a crash involving 2 riders the race would be held to tend to the incident.

The race was cut from 15 to 8 laps for the restart, so a sprint race was on the cards and I knew I had to push from the very start and get away with the pack.

My 2nd launch was frustratingly worse than the first. When the lights went out I got away ok but got boxed in going in to turn 1 and found myself with more work to do.
Lap 1 was completed in 8th position with Adam Jenkinson ahead on the Yamaha which I quickly overtook on lap 2, out braking the R1 in to Park Corner.
Just ahead was Josh Wainwright who I closed in on quickly to pass once again at Park corner on lap 3. I went to work on closing the leaders who already had around a second gap.
Lap 4 I closed on to the back of Luke Quigley who I went to work on overtaking, I felt I had the speed to move through but after a big incident at the Mountain on lap 5 the race was red flagged once more and declared a result, putting a halt on my charge and resulting in a 5th place finish.

‘ I am happy for the 5th place finish, but this was the minimum I wanted from the weekend in terms of results, due to other events in the race, the championship has become closer, making 4th place possible and 5th place even more achievable from our current 6th spot. I will be focusing on my starts and qualifying for the coming rounds to make sure we achieve the highest place in the championship of which we can still achieve.
Cadwell Park showcased our pace once again, and this is due to the hard work and dedication my team have shown to produce the package and allow me to progress.
Thank you to Downshift and our loyal sponsors.’

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.

Re boost to 6th in championship after thrilling Thruxton battle

The photos used are credited to, and taken by the talented Bonny Lane
The photos used are credited to, and taken by the talented Bonny Lane

The sun was shining over Hampshire at the breath taking Thruxton circuit, a favourite of mine for its high speed and incredible grip.

Free Practice saw us post good early times, matching my best straight away. We found suspension issues because of the high amount of load through full throttle on the side of the tyre, we needed more support, so would trawl the data for a right direction in QP1.
P7 1:19:002

QP1
We confirmed we had gone the right direction with one end of the bike and the wrong way with the other, more grip was found but spring rates would need to be changed again to to accommodate for the amount of grip being produced.
P11 1:18:274

QP2
Improving again early on in the session to a 1:17:939 we got a good time in early but run out of tyre quickly. I would qualify 11th which I wasn’t happy with but in turn did a full race distance on the used tyre posting times in the low 1:18’s even at the end of the session so was confident with my race pace.

Warm Up
We took it steady on a cool foggy early morning circuit, and practiced the start, which was good.

Race
The warm up start didn’t transfer to the race, a poor start saw me back in the pack but I quickly switched lines on the first lap to over take and move through to 9th on the first lap where I held position whilst catching up until the end of lap 6 when I over took both Josh Wainwright and Leon Jeacock in the final chicane to move up to 7th, and then start a hunt after Luke Quigley.
On lap 9 I had closed in on Luke, and got a good drive underneath him coming through Village which moved me up to 6th spot.
From then on I battled the grip, moving away from the pack behind, and tried to bridge the gap to the front runners. This proved to be a task to large on this day, so I held station in 6th place to the end of the race, 4.4 seconds off of the leaders.
In all, I am happy with the understanding of the bike we have found, this means from now on I can focus on my riding to find the few tenths needed to qualify well and lead the race. We set the 2nd fastest time of the race at Thruxton, and I can’t wait to get to work on making this possible as a consistency at every circuit, every lap.
I can’t thank my team, Downshift Motorsport, and all of our sponsors enough for getting us to this point. Thank you again for your faith in me and everyone’s hard work.
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.

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