Indy training hard ahead of WorldSSP300 Round 1
Indy Offer, the UK’s youngest full-time racer in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship last year, is back on track and gearing up for his second season in the series.
Remaining with the SMW Racing Kawasaki squad, Indy attended a two-week bootcamp at Supermotoland in Spain, with former British 125cc Championship race winner and title contender Matt Ford-Dunn before joining his WorldSSP300 team at Jerez last weekend for the first of several shakedown tests ahead of the new season.
Having worked hard on fitness over the Christmas break, Indy focused on riding technique and areas of racing such as braking during two weeks of intense training that saw him lapping considerably faster than a year ago at the Andalusian circuit.
“Supermotoland has been a great way for me to train and prepare for my second season in the Supersport 300 World Championship. Of course, riding on tarmac is different but there are many skills and techniques that you can transfer between disciplines. The best bit was seeing at Jerez the big step that I had made with my braking. My fitness has also improved and the long stints that we did at the bootcamp really helped and I was able to push as hard on the last lap of each session in Jerez as I was at the beginning of the session. My mindset has also improved, I understand the processes of how to go faster, and even though on a Supermoto bike you can’t work on corner speed, the gains on brakes and getting on the power earlier is something that we could see immediately on the data at Jerez. It was good to be back on track with the team at Jerez. Of course, any rider will say that they want to be faster, but the thing I am clear about now is that I know the areas that I still need to improve on and that makes me confident of the season ahead. We have another test planned in Italy and then the Dorna supported test at Catalunya and I will be doing as much private riding as possible. After five months out of the saddle it’s great to be back and I am really happy to be riding with the same team as I rode with last year.”