Orthrus Racing: Testing Report from Cartagena and Donington

We are one of the very few student led motorcycle race teams and the only one with student riders competing in Europe. The team started with 7 like minded students from UWTSD who are all currently working towards bachelors degrees in motorcycle/automotive engineering. We came together to build, develop and race motorcycles so that we could apply what we learn throughout our degree to the track. 

Orthrus Racing Students holding hands

Spain, Cartagena | 13-16 February 2017

Joe Thomas and Orthrus Racing spent their first test sessions of the season together out in the heat of Spain for three days testing at Cartagena Race Circuit. It was Joe’s first time on his new Suzuki SV650 race bike but with his 11 years of racing experience on 125cc and 250cc race bikes, he was very quickly up to speed and putting in great lap times. Over the next two days the team worked together with Joe to make changes to the bikes suspension and geometry to get the best set-up and a base setting to work from for the rest of the season. At the end of the long weekend testing, Joe set his best lap time of 1:46.3 which is extremely promising and the team believe they can look forward to a very successful season with Joe. When asking Joe how he found working with the new team, he said “I had a really good 3 days, the team were easy to work with, professional and we achieved what we wanted.”

England, Donnington | 17-18 February 2017

After being with the team since the start, Matt Powell will now be riding the Suzuki SV650 and is really looking forward to racing for the first time. At Donington Matt completed his ACU license test day to acquire his racing license ready for his first season of racing alongside Joe in the Stocktwin class. Matt was looking very comfortable on track testing but unfortunately the bike developed a technical problem and Matt had limited track time as a result.  

Entering his second season of racing after riding the SV650 for the team last year, Sam got to test the Yamaha R6 that he will be racing this season and was very impressed with the bike. With a lot more power than the SV650 and requiring a different riding style, Sam spent the first day getting to grips with the bike and was dropping his lap times throughout the day.

With the help of BSB rider and fellow student Milo Ward coaching and giving tips, Sam was very comfortable on the bike by the end of the second day and put out a best lap time of 1:16.2 which is also very promising for the season ahead.