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European Junior Cup rider, Josh Harland has completed the official 3 day test for the European Junior Cup in Alcarras, as a shakedown and an opportunity to familiarise himself with the new Honda CB500R he’ll be racing this year.
Last month, PaddockChatter.com announced that it would be working in close association with the young rider from York, and we will endeavour to bring coverage of Harland’s progression throughout the year, in the EJC. The European Junior Cup will also be shown on MotorsTV the following week after each round; PaddockChatter will also keep followers up to date to as and when it is televised.
As for the test in Alcarras, it was attended by fellow Honda riders Leon Haslam, Jonathan Rea and Jack Kennedy. The experienced racers were playing the part of instructors to the EJC riders. Ex-GP racer, Jeremy McWilliams was passing on his infinite wisdom to the riders, also.
After an initial steady first day, the former national Superstock600 rider, Harland was down to business, finding very good pace on the final day, building up his confidence ahead of the first round this coming weekend, in Aragón. “First day was three sessions of running the bike in increasing the RPM each session. Second day we worked with setup of the bike and gradually got quicker as the setup got better. I learnt that I need to keep the speed through the corners that lead onto the straights to get the best top speed. Ended the day with a good feeling for the next day. Day 3 I had two great sessions where I managed to put a couple of quick laps in and really test the limit of the back and tyres. Still have a few setup issues but will be sorted at Aragon once we have more equipment and parts for the bike. I’ve come away from the test confident that I know the bike and can ride it well, I know it will be a tough season as there isn’t a lot of difference between riders. My aim is to get a strong qualifying position to give me the best chance in the race. When we have our first official timed session on Friday practice I will have a better idea of where I am in terms of the competition. All in all I have left the test confident for Aragon and look forward to getting back out on track”