Tom Bramich - 2019 WorldSSP300 Season Blog - Introduction
In Australia a young racer dreams of the big breaks that can take them onto the international circuit. In 2019 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.
Third post - April 2019:
It’s been a crazy month here in Europe, testing in Misano, Aragon, Jerez and Portimao. It was really exciting to be able to finally ride my bike, meet the team and ride on these famous tracks. Testing has been a really beneficial period, allowing me to become more accustom to the Kawasaki Ninja 400 and learn 4 new tracks.
I’ve loved everything about racing in Europe so far, the flying, driving and taking in the sights on the way to the track, hotels, camper vans and more! The food and way of life is very different to what I’m used to, but it’s all new to me so it’s exciting. My favourite country so far has been Italy, the food and racing culture is awesome!
My favourite track so far has been Jerez, I really enjoyed the layout and my laptimes were quite fast.
The past weekend was my first race in the World Championship. I knew it was going to be hard, but it was even tougher than I anticipated. We had some problems on the Friday that probably hindered us a little bit for the qualifying. I missed out on qualifying for the main race by 0.2 seconds, so I had to enter the last chance qualifying race. It was very tough, but I was happy to have made it through to the main race on Sunday. I was disappointed with the Sunday race, I gave it my all but it wasn’t enough. I really think a better qualifying position could see me in the main group, fighting for some points. I’m relieved to have got my first race out of the way, I now know what to expect and how I need to attack the weekend. It’s tougher than I ever imagined, but if it were easy then everyone would be doing it...
We are on our way to Assen now, my second race of the season this coming weekend. I’m really looking forward to learning another new track, and hopefully I can fight for better positions! I’m loving every second of this challenge, and I can’t wait to ride again
Second post - March 2019:
After an exciting round 1 at Phillip Island. Here are some updates Last weekend was at the first round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island and wow what amazing racing in both the World and ASBK races. Phillip Island turned the weather on, and the best riders in the world got to race the best circuit in the world. The expo had a great display of all things motorcycling, but the Ninja 400 just kept calling my name…
I'm now travelling to Holywell, North Wales to continue to develop my skills with BSB Kawasaki rider Ben Currie. It’s very different to Australia here, but the hills and countryside are just perfect for plenty of running and cycling training sessions. There’s a big mountain bike community in Wales, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into that.
Only 14 days until I'm is back on track in Misano followed by Aragon, Jerez and Portimao, and I;m super excited for the season to start in April.
First post - February 2019:
Hi everyone, my name is Tom Bramich, I’m 22 years old and this year I’ll be racing a Ninja 400 in the World Supersport 300 class for the Carl Cox - RT Motorsports by SKM - Kawasaki Team. I’ve rode motor bikes since age 3 and I started racing in 2012. I won the Australian Moto3 Championship in 2015 and last year I won the Australian Supersport 300 Championship.
I recently picked up a Kawasaki Ninja 400 to train on before I head off to Europe at the end of next month and wow what a bike! Instantly I felt right at home on the bike, getting faster and even more comfortable every lap. I was blown away with how smooth the throttle connection was immediately, allowing very precise throttle application. Secondly, the gear box is faultless, shifting up and down the gears effortlessly. The slipper clutch is something I definitely have to get used to, as I’m in the habit of feeding the clutch out to modulate the engine braking rather than letting the slipper clutch do it for me. With more time on the bike and more focus on setting the suspension to my liking, I’m excited to see where me and the bike end up.
We headed to Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on the 2/3 February to do some testing. Now I have spent some time on this Ninja 400, I’m really excited to develop the bike more to how I like and learn even more about what the Ninja 400 is capable of.
I will share how the testing went and what comes next for the season in my next update.
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