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16th April 2012 

Jentin Doodson Motorsport - Thruxton

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Testing Times for Jentin Doodson Motorsport
Hot on the heels of the 2012 British Superbike series opener, round two proved testing in more ways than one for the Jentin Doodson Motorsport Team.

With only a few days separating the first two events of the year, there was little time to catch breath for the teams as the BSB Championship headed to Thruxton in Hampshire for the second of the twelve rounds.

Fielding the only new for 2012 bike in the class, and with very limited testing, the team continued to improve the bike in the practice and qualifying sessions. However the mixed weather throughout the build up wasn’t ideal development conditions.

During the wet practice the team’s Italian rider, Alex Polita showed both his and the new Ducati Panigale’s potential posting an impressive fifth quickest time.

Race day brought dry conditions and it was a challenging contest for both Polita and team mate Tom Tunstall around the fastest track on the calendar.

Polita came home 19th in race one, before retiring in race two with a technical issue;
"It's been another difficult weekend, the bike is improving slowly, but there's still a lot of work to do. We are paying the price of very limited pre-season test that means we have to test now on track while other riders are fighting for qualify or race. We knew we would use first two rounds as test, Panigale is new and we need some more time to set up everything. During next week’s there'll be a meeting at Ducati for organizing work for next races."

Tunstall finished the races in 23rd and 25th and backed up Alex’s comments;
“Its testament to the new 1199 Panigale that we’ve been able to get so far with completely standard road engines against tuned superbikes with the benefit of a lot of data and testing.
“The bike is great and has so much potential it’s important we use the next couple of weeks to continue the improvements and tap into that. Likewise there is more to come from me and my riding also and I’m looking forward to building onto these first two rounds and coming back stronger”

The third round is staged at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the Mayday bank holiday weekend [5th-7th May].

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com 

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com