James Whitham, former world championship racer and current track day instructor, has taken delivery of the all-new GSX-R1000s he will use to mentor riders at his training schools throughout 2017.
Whitham - the fan-favourite who is also a presenter and commentator on Eurosport for British and World Superbikes - received three new GSX-R1000s that he and fellow instructors will use at events up and down the country, helping riders of all abilities and experience improve their riding technique and speed on track.
Whitham's team of instructors includes Bennetts Suzuki's Taylor Mackenzie and Richard Cooper, who race the all-new GSX-R1000 in British Superbikes and the National Superstock 1000 championship, as well as former National Superstock 1000 champion Steve Brogan and Isle of Man TT racer Dave Johnson.
After taking delivery of the new machines, Whitham said, “The new bikes are fantastic, awesome things. We’ve got some high profile instructors that work with us - current racers, former racers - and everyone’s really impressed. It’s a proper motorbike, but a confidence giving motorbike. Richard Cooper talked us through everything when they arrived, but really you get on it and you feel comfortable, and it’s perfect for what we do. It’s got a good electronics package, really nice feel, good front end, and plenty of power.”
The new GSX-R1000 boasts an all-new engine and chassis, that uses technologies taken directly from Suzuki’s GSX-RR MotoGP racer, including a mechanical variable valve timing system that increases torque and low to midrange output, while also delivering high top end power. It also features a 10-mode traction control system, controlled by an inertial measurement unit (IMU). The GSX-R1000R also gets a quick-shifter and auto-blipper, launch control, cornering ABS, and Showa’s high-spec balance free suspension.
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