Lewis Cornish has recently returned from an amazing pre-season test session at Ottobiano, Italy. Lewis was invited by the Italian based SHR World Supermoto Championship concern to join the team and help set up the bikes before the series kicks off next month.
SHR Team manager Nick Cannings kindly asked the Norfolk youngster over to Italy to sit in for an injured rider and Cornish made the most of the opportunity to get test the 2012 Honda CRF450s at the venue for the opening round of the World Championships. Lewis soon felt at home aboard the unfamiliar race bikes and was quickly lapping at the pace of the team’s regular riders.
He explained “I’m really pleased with my speed here and considering I’m not used to the bikes or the tyres, my lap times are competitive. I realise that the main difference at this level is that these pro-riders get to practice and set up their bikes just about every day whereas I’m lucky if I can practice any supermoto at all between British Championship races. I’m feeling really well prepared and bike-fit for the start of our season and I’d like to thank Nick for the chance to ride here in Italy.”
Back home and Lewis will have a new team mate in his Nameplate Services/DCR team as Will Moore will be joining him at selected British Championship, British Masters and SSM UK rounds. However Lewis is hoping that he’ll get a call up sometime throughout this season to race in Europe. Lewis’ first race of 2012 is at Lydd, Kent followed a week later by the British Championship opener at Three Sisters, Wigan which is televised.