You know, 100 percent doesn’t make the grid.”
It’s a saying offered by Technical Editor Kevin Cameron, who’s spent his share of time as a tuner and crew chief riding in a van with a motorcycle, tools, and all needed possessions going from race to race in search of victory on the national roadracing circuit.
It’s a good thing to remember—that perfection can be strived for, but the reality is nothing is ever perfect and you’ve got to show up and race, no matter what.
Related: View the entire Man in a Van with a Plan race coverage
And so it was with our Man in a Van with a Plan, Hayden Gillim, and his crew on the Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R1000.
How so? There was no luxury of preseason testing, with piles of race parts at the ready and plenty of time to methodically explore the performance potential and experiment with setup. In fact, developing the new racebike—the completely redesigned 2017 GSX-R1000—had to start at the third round of the season while the team awaited delivery of the bike. The well-developed but now-dated 2016 GSX-R1000 served well at the first two rounds (four races), and then the team dug in, developing the new bike on the fly during the rest of the race season.