Just back from worldSBK weekend where I put slicks on the Superstock zx10rr and raced in the Superbike support class. The race was announced late so not many of the quicker riders showed up but I still wanted to fix a nagging issue Iíve had with the zx10 for the last 6 months and finally get into the 1m38s.
Was right into 1m39s in practice on old tires but still had the hesitation/shaking feel from the bike on corner exit even after changing more parts that I hoped would fix it.
Into qualifying and couldnít really drop my time much when on the 4th lap I lost all rear dampening in the rear shock and had to pull into the pits, let the shock cool down and tried a different setting but the bike felt horrible so I just came back into the pits. Then it was scrambling time trying to get a shock for the afternoon race.
Found an OEM shock but decided to stick with what I was running and see if I could get race distance out of it before it let go again. made it to lap 9 sitting 2s behind 2nd position when the same happened again on a 3rd gear wide open T10-11.. got the bike under control and managed to limp through the last lap to finish 3rd. Also a new PB on the zx10rr of 1m39.2, getting closer..lol
A good track buddie got his Ktech rear shock sent by bus to the track for 8am on Sunday just in time to install with my spring and a safe setting that I though would work. In the 10am race I managed to smash my outright PB lap at Chang on the s1000rr from a year ago (1m38.6) and post a new lap of 1m38.2 on my way to 2nd position.
So, it looks like most of the issues I was having with the bike the past 6 months were all related to the rear shock. I did have it recharged and Oil replaced but looks like thereís more wrong with it so itís on it way back to the UK to get checked out. Will pick up a new Ohlins KA-468 to test out also as itís always good to have a spare.
WorldSBK laptimes from Race2
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