Little update from last weekends race, it was the last round of BRIC Superbike championship so plan was to atleast get into the 1m39 before year end. First session Thursday morning on old tires i went straight to 1m40.4, so it was looking good but from the second session on i started to have a vibration/hesistation on corner exit while at lean that i tried everything to solve and diagnose but just couldn't seem to get it figured out. Come qualifying and the hesistation was getting worse but even with a couple mistakes i managed a 1m39.4 lap and 5th on the grid for Sundays race.
Was awake by 4am on Sunday morning thinking about what could be the problem with the bike but nothing was really standing out in the data from the datalogger and no fault codes. 7am at the track and went over the bike to check all the electrical connections, suspension link and shock but everything looked fine, passed along my qualifying session data to the Kawasaki thailand team techs to see if they could give me an idea on what was wrong. Their Japanese mechanic suggested i change the crank sensor as some of the data (rpm movement) suggested that it could be intermittent and its a known issue if the bike has been crashed for them to lose connection.
So, bike was stripped down and throttle bodies off to fit the new sensor but by this time it started pissing down, so time to change the tires to wets also. Spare wheels had some old used wets on them ready to go, so i was so tired from working on the bike i just tossed them on instead of changing to new.
Right away on the sighting lap the bike sounded alot crisper on the straight at high rpm and although i couldnt really push hard on corner exit its seems as the crank sensor was the problem all weekend, even my top speeds were virtualy the same in the wet with the new sensor as what they were in the full dry qualifying session. But the old wets on a cold and very wet track proved to be not the right choice as i couldn't push at all and pretty much rode around waiting for everyone to pass me, that didnt happen as many of the other riders ended up throwing their bikes down the road and i came home in 3rd!!
A couple little changes i made before this last round really made the bike easier to ride and i'm really enjoying riding the bike now, i think the laptimes will continue to drop. Now i'll have a little break until a club race in Jan and depending how that goes i will decide which bike i'll ride at the WSBK support race in March.. BMW or ZX10RR???