A long drive down the Hume Hwy to Winton Raceway on a new track for rider and bike. Weather forecast for the weekend was excellent.
Friday practice was focused on learning the Winton 3.0km circuit. With large kerbs and plenty of bumps it took a few sessions before getting a feel for the track and the best lines. With the short straights, the Zero wasn’t able to get to its 185kph top speed so gearing was lowered to provide better acceleration from the single speed setup. Qualifying in 1.52 was a reasonable time given the limited track time but only faster than a few of the Ninja 300s.
Saturday weather was great – warm and light winds. The morning race resulted in similar lap times from qualifying. Race two on Saturday afternoon saw some good improvements dropping 7 seconds from the morning race and a best time of 1.51.
Sunday was even warmer than Saturday with temperatures nudging 30 degrees with stronger winds. The morning race produced a similar result to the Saturday afternoon but I was able to nudge the fastest lap down to 1.50. The Zero was handling very well with no overheating issues thanks to the lower gearing and recently added air cooling modifications. The Sunday afternoon race was the last of the weekend and in hot conditions I posted a pair of 1.48 laps and took five seconds off the time from the morning race to complete a successful weekend on a new track with large drops in times across the weekend.