WNT UK Ltd
The opening round of the British Superbike season got underway at a cold and blustery Silverstone and the low track temperature affected everyone, making it difficult to get a good set up and gain confidence. This was compounded for Sam Burman as she begins the season on her new KTM Moto 3 machine.
With a few adjustments such as softening the front end off, Sam felt a lot happier on the bike, but the weather just wasn’t on the side of good racing, with the rain now playing its part and the wet track hindering further progress in terms of lap times and moving up the grid from the first qualifying session.
So it was straight into race one with limited track time Team WNT/Burman Racing faced disappointment with a slipping clutch, just when the team was looking for a positive start to the season. It all started well with Sam moving up through the field on lap one, but then the clutch problem started and all that was left was to stay out and let Sam use the use the track time for further familiarisation on the new machine. “To be honest we'd not had the best run up to the opening round with the weather always holding us back and it looked as though this was going to continue,” says Sam.
Finally, with the track still cold it became dry enough for slicks in the Sunday morning warm-up session. Warm –up may not be the best way to describe the eight minutes and two laps allowed for the Moto3 field at Silverstone, but Sam made the most of it, beginning to get a feel for the bike.
A few adjustments to suspension before race two and Sam was looking forward to making a flying start, all be it from the back of the grid due to the problems in race one. “I was looking forward to getting stuck in and after getting a great start, taking a couple of rows off the line, I found myself in a lonely position in the race. I continued to push and work on making person steps forward. As the race came to a close I had improved by approximately 11 seconds a lap on my warm up pace and was lapping in a respectable time.” With the improving conditions everyone was posting faster times, but nobody could match last year’s times due to the conditions, despite this Sam brought the Team WNT/Burman Racing bike home in 13th place, scoring her first championship points of the season in the Moto 3 class.
“What started out as a difficult weekend with the new KTM turned out OK on race day. Looking forward to the next round at Oulton Park I have booked a track day there to get more time in the saddle so that we can get off to a flying start when the flag drops for round two of the championship.”
To Birmingham and MACH 2016
As soon as racing finished at Silverstone Team WNT/Burman Racing packed up their gear and headed south a few miles to the National Exhibition Centre to support Title sponsor WNT at the MACH 2016 exhibition. This week-long show highlights the best in manufacturing technology and part of the WNT stand focused on its support of two wheeled racing. Many of the parts on Sam’s KTM, such as the rearsets, have been machined using WNT’s cutting tools and the Team WNT Elite Ladies road cycling team also uses many parts produced using WNT tools from leading suppliers such as Hope Technology and Rotor.
“Our involvement with Team WNT/Burman Racing and Team WNT Elite Ladies cycling is an extension of the partnerships that we have with companies such as Hope Technology here in the UK and through our sister company in Spain with Rotor. It is unusual for a company involved in the manufacturing sector to be so high profile in sponsorship of cycling, but we see it as a natural extension of our philosophy as a company, which is to develop strong team ethics that will lead to ultimate success in business.”