Alcarras Spain Testing October 2009
GP HONDA RS125
Alcarras Circuit Spain is relatively a new circuit with challenging corners with rises and drops and is 3,745km long: www.circuitalcarras.cat
Lovely looking circuit, with a good paddock area, garages with toilet and showers in each one, fully licensed restaurant and even two swimming pools.
There were around 60 riders from all over Europe, mainly Germany as it was a German organised track week, we were a little concerned to start with as Bradley’s GP125’s was the smallest bike there so we put him in the novice group 3 to start with, but soon realised Bradley’s lap times were certainly putting him into the top group 1 for the next day finishing in an impressive 12th place time, against superbikes and super sport bikes we were over the moon. This was the first time Brad had been on his kit number 1 bike and ever used a quick shifter, he also got through a set of new tyres and knee sliders.
So with new tyres fitted for day 2 we were set to see if we could improve on day ones times, the morning was misty so number 2 bike was used with a softer set up and less power and a video camera mounted Brad still managed to lap within a second of yesterdays times. The sun broke through around 2pm and Brad couldn’t wait to get back out on his number 1 bike, the lap times were falling lap after lap and finally in the last session took 3.5 seconds off his times from the previous day, only to push to hard into the second corner and loose the front end and slid off into the gravel run off area, narrowly missing two 600 riders who he had just put it underneath them as they ran wide and also into the gravel.
All were ok, Bradley’s bike was not damaged badly so we decided to rebuild it for the next day, the overall times were posted for day two and Bradley had moved into 7th place best time of the day, remarkable, we knew he was quick but had no idea how quick against the other race teams testing.
Day 3 & 4, Bradley consistently put times in just over a second slower from the day of his crash, he must have been really pushing to the limit that day, however still finished within the top 11 times in group 1.
A fantastic performance all week and we cant wait to start the 2010 season.