10 Day Test – 11 Countries – 4 World Championship Race Tracks
At the start of the year Revolution JRM JAWA Factory Race Team were lucky enough to have the opportunity to get on the road and give the new 2016 race bikes their maiden voyage.
The Race Team set off for Italy with the plan to take in test days at Lonigo and Terenzano, both previously having been venues for World Championship Grand Prix rounds and Championship Qualifiers. From there they had planned on driving to Krsko in Solvenia, and then finally onto Gorican in Croatia, both of which have also been host to some historic World Championship rounds.
After a steady road trip the Race Team arrived to a very warm welcome in a cold and wet Italy. Sadly because of the weather their first track test at Lonigo had to be cancelled but they were buzzing to be able to get out at Terenzano for two days of riding where the new JAWAS set some quick lap times when up against the competition. This was a fantastic opportunity for our pro riders to experience a race track that is very different to anything they are used to riding in the UK.
Keeping an eye on the weather, the Race Team were forced to divert their plans once again and had to rule out a ride at Krsko as it was covered in snow! After consideration they took the decision to get to Gorican early where they were met by some of the World’s top 10 riders who were all giving their new equipment a run out ahead of their respective race seasons starting.
In spite of the inclement weather, the Race Team were delighted to see pro rider Lewis Bridger taking to the track for the first time after an 18 month break away from the sport and being involved in a Team Great Britain training camp organised by Team GB boss Alun Rossiter and Poultec Speedway Training Manager Olly Allen, again this was a great opportunity for our riders to gain valuable experience on different race tracks and although Lewis has had some experience racing on foreign tracks he came in after his first outing saying, “I actually feel really emotional!” It had been a long 18 months off the bike for Lewis and a big decision to return to a sport he had fallen out of love with. It was amazing to see his first ride back and see he still has all the passion and desire for it, he just needed the full support of a professional Race Team behind him to help him get back on track.
“Overall we are extremely happy with how the trip has gone, we have been a little unlucky with the weather and it was a shame we had to miss out Krsko, but we have managed to get lots of laps in on the new equipment, it gives us a really good starting point for our riders and with a few small tweaks we are confident we can specifically tailor engines to suit our riders which is hugely important as they will have very different riding styles.” Said the Race Team Manager.