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Tom Bramich - 2020 WorldSSP300 Season Blog

In Australia a young racer dreams of the big breaks that can take them onto the international circuit.  In 2020 one of our athletes is grabbing that chance by the throttle and riding a Kawasaki Ninja 400 on the international stage in the World Supersport300 Championship.

Tom Bramich is riding for Carl Cox - RT Motorsports by SKM - Kawasaki Team.  When he is in Australia, Tom is putting in laps on a Ninja 400 at local track.  Through the year, Tom will keep adding to this blog and give an insight into the life of a young Australian racer taking on the WorldSSP300 Championship.

Hi Team Green,

Firstly I hope you are all keeping safe and remaining positive in this global crisis. It has taken a toll on everyone and my own experience through this journey so far has been a bit of a crazy one...on March 3rd I flew to Spain to begin testing the new Ninja 400 for this season’s WorldSBK Championship that was scheduled to begin on the last weekend in March at Jerez. I was based in Girona for the short time I was there which was a great spot to train as there are lots of athletes from all sporting disciplines and from all over the world residing in this northern Spanish city. After a couple of weeks training I set off to the first test in Jerez 15-16th March. It was so good to see all the team again after last seeing them at the end of September last year.

The 2020 Ninja 400 looks fantastic and this year we were really ready for testing, with some new parts and ideas to try. Unfortunately in unique circumstances we didn’t even get to spin a lap...we were lined up with engines on at pitlane exit for our first session of the season before an official came running out saying that all tracks in Spain had cancelled any track events immediately and that we were to pack up and return to our home countries as soon as possible as they were closing borders at midnight that night. Luckily we managed to change some flights around and I flew out of Barcelona the next day, after a crazy 10 hour drive to get to the airport before the roadblocks into the Catalonian border were in place!

Since I've been home it’s been hard to keep the motivation high to be brutally honest , and that’s because it’s hard to focus properly when there is no concrete target to work towards with an indefinite calendar for the WorldSBK year. This off season I’ve put in the most work I ever have, and after riding the Ninja400 so much and preparing for the 2020 season it’s hard to accept that the preseason is now extended and we won’t be racing for a little while yet. To help overcome this I’ve been re-watching all of last year's practices, qualifying’s and races to see what the world's best are doing different to me and where I can improve for whenever we start racing this year. I’ve picked up lots of little riding style traits that seem to be used throughout the front pack, as well as cementing my new knowledge of the European tracks. Luckily for me I have a dirt track at home that I’ve been riding daily, as well as doing some running and cycling that we’re allowed to do as essential exercise. I’ve also gone back to work now landscaping which is good as it fills in the day and I can earn some money to keep funding my training. I’m looking at also buying a  Kawasaki 250F motocrosser to do some different style of training during this difficult time.

Whenever we do get to go back racing, I’ll be ready and I think that if I can use this time wisely to improve myself then when the season starts I can come out ready. Keep safe everyone and talk soon...

Tom

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