Silverstone Southern circuit, March 20th was the first opportunity for California Superbike School to experience the new Continental Tyre range as they launch into the new 2012 season.
I was very fortunate to be asked along and join the school for levels 1 and 2 over two days. Starting as early as mid March can be a risk with UK weather but as it turned out a high pressure zone positioned directly over most of the UK delivered some bright dry weather with cold starts but reasonably warm during the day. Arriving early on Monday I was greeted at the gate by a good friend Andy Ibbott who has recently returned to the school after a long period away- good to see you back Andy.
Having completed the traditional documentation we were quickly organised into groups and after a comprehensive introduction and safety briefing it was not long before I was out on track riding a Yamaha R6 shod with the new ContiSportAttack 2 tyres. The day progressed with a great balance of theoretical classroom sessions followed immediately with a put it into practice session on the track. After each session an immediate de brief was undertaken with a personal trainer checking that the learning process was comprehensive.
Riding coaches at the school use Yamaha R1’s and the chosen fitment for these bikes is the new ContiRaceAttack Comp. Endurance. The reaction to the new tyres was very positive CSS coach Johnny Haynes said “great feedback and feeling nicely planted”.
“Because the School is all about cornering, were very fussy about tyres” says School Director Andy Ibbott. “We felt that the new Continental Tyres would be perfect for both students and coaches on track.”
Attending the school for the attainment of level 3 and level 4 was BBC Moto GP presenter Matt Roberts. Riding the Yamaha R6 again shod with ContiSportAttack 2 he worked really hard and achieved most improved student.
Full details of the schools activity can be seen at www.superbikeschool.co.uk experiencing the school is highly recommended.
Graham Matcham – Continental UK Brand Manager.