James Haydon has reacted to the first public showing of the Foggy FP1 with a big thumbs up, following the Brands Hatch crowd’s overwhelming support for the Foggy PETRONAS Racing team and its two riders - former World Champion Troy Corser and British sensation James Haydon - during the tenth round of the 2002 World Superbike championship at the Kent circuit last weekend.
As both James and Troy took to the track on Sunday afternoon for a demonstration lap on the team’s contender for 2003, the cheers and applause from the crowd not only dispelled any concerns that the young Brit had felt about his high public profile possibly dwindling due to not racing this season and therefore not being as present in the public and media spot light, but also complimented the very unique sound of the Foggy FP1 engines.
Described as an ‘awesome experience he would never forget’, James further commented about the Foggy FP1, “Although we’ve carried out some testing, it was great to be out on a track and get a better feel for the bike in circuit conditions. We’re currently using a development engine with limited revs so it wasn’t possible to fully put the bike through its paces, but overall it feels nice and light, well balanced and reacts very precisely and quickly. The handling on turn in and cornering was good at the speed we were running, which was up to about 150mph, with smooth power delivery and gear shifting. As an overall package I’m impressed with the FP1 and looking forward to getting really involved now with its development.”
The team’s full testing programme is scheduled to continue next month, from which time the riders’ input will be invaluable. “We’ve got a lot of work to do over the coming months,” continued James, “but there’s a great base to work from for development which we started recently during a test at Bruntingthorpe proving ground. I’ll be able to have an input by testing the bike for revving and pulling cleanly all the way through the range of gears, but also chassis development, geometry and mapping settings, bike set-up for different conditions and circuits and generally assessing and finding its capabilities to get the best out of the bike as a whole.”
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