Gearlink Kawasaki News

28 October 2018

A win at the season finale atBrands Hatch

The final round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship took place at the Brands Hatch GP Circuit. It was a great result for the team with Ben Currie confirmed as runner-up in the Championship despite finishing 22nd in the first race, due to a jump start, and was forced to retire in the second race. James Westmoreland finished in fourth position in race one and had a fantastic win in the second race to take third spot in the Championship.

Ben rode well all weekend in every session and qualified in second position for race one. Part way into the race it was red flagged but on the re-start Ben was a bit too eager and was judged to have had a jump start. He was given a ride-through penalty but was unable to make up the time in the short race, finishing 22nd.

For race two he started from second on the grid got a good start and was away with the front runners. He was leading the race when he was forced to retire with a technical problem. 

James came into the weekend fourth in the Championship and was determined to get that third spot. He had a solid qualifying session and started from fourth position on the grid for race one and finished in fourth. Importantly he finished ahead of his rival, James Rispoli, for the third Championship place to reduce the points deficit. 

He started from fifth place on the grid for race two and in the wet conditions got a good start and was amongst the leaders in the hunt for a podium place. He was determined to get to the front and despite challenges from the new Champion, Jack Kennedy, was able to take his first win of the season and in doing so sealed third place in the Championship.

Ben Currie - "It's been a tough season and we gave everything to win the Championship but it just wasn't to be. I can't thank the Gearlink team enough for their dedication and hard work over the last few years and i have learnt so much which i hope to carry forwards. The team is one of the best you can be in and Michael and the late lovely Norma put everything in to help young riders like myself and hopefully establish a career in racing."

The weekend did not go exactly to plan but it was good to finish second in the Championship following my third position last year. Thank you to all the team and my personal sponsors that have made this all possible.

James Westmoreland - " That second race was an amazing way for me to finish the season and i have waited 23 races to get that win.  I won the race that every rider thinks about going into the winter period! I knew that morning when it was raining i would have a good chance of a win as i wanted to put everything in and secure that third spot in the Championship for my fantastic team. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me all season and the team has meant the world to me. It has been a tough year so to finish like that was very satisfying. Two Kawasaki's in the top three in the Championship and Ben in second spot was a special day."

In the Bennetts British Superbike class Fraser Rogers was riding well and set some good times but three relatively big crashes hindered his progress. Riding with an injured hand he started from 21st position for race one but crashed out on the opening lap. He started from 27th position for race two and as the rain came down he moved swiftly through the pack to get to ninth place before crashing heavily forcing him out for the remainder of the meeting.

Fraser Rogers - "It has been a tough and frustrating weekend as we were making good progress but unfortunately those crashes put paid to some decent results. I'm sorry to the team as i really wanted to end the season on a high note. I can't thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to race with them for the second half of the season and it has been a pleasure to part of such a great team."

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "Both Supersport riders were strong all weekend. Race one was unfortunate for Ben but James had a solid race. I really wanted to end the season with a win and I'm delighted that Westy managed to work so hard to take a well deserved victory, unfortunately Ben was forced to retire with a problem.

We knew that the Championship was pretty much over before we came here but to finish second and third two years running is a fantastic achievement. Norma and myself weren't just here to win races but took great pride in improving young riders and help them fulfil their dreams, to help them make the step up to Superbikes and we hope we have achieved that with previous riders and now with up and coming star Ben Currie.

Fraser was on the pace all weekend but results sadly did not show this, he was riding so well that his time in the second race would have placed him sixth on the grid for the final race. The damage to the bike was quite extensive and he was really hurting so we decide not to contest the last race.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal product sponsors for their continued support. Also to thank everyone in the BSB paddock and the fans for their support in what has been without any doubt my hardest ever year, it has been so nice and reassuring to hear all the stories about my Norma.

Most importantly i would like to thank, race director, Stuart Higgs for his continued support throught the race season and allowing us to present the Norma de Bidaph trophy, which is absolutely stunning.  He has been a huge help to me and i really appreciate it."

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posted by The Team at 11:11

6 October 2018

A Podium at the TT Assen Circuit

The penultimate round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship was held at the beautiful TT Assen Circuit. Ben Currie is still in with a chance of winning the Championship and he fought hard in the opening Sprint race to finish fourth followed by a third in the feature race. James Westmoreland finished fifth in race one and seventh in the second race.

Ben struggled to find a set-up in the opening sessions but was still able to qualify on the front row for race one. He got a good start and was away with the leading pack of four riders. He unfortunately made a mistake at the chicane forcing him to run straight. He still fought for the lead finishing third but was given a 2.3 second time penalty which dropped him back to fourth.

For race two Ben started from pole position and tried hard to match the pace of Jack Kennedy and Alastair Seeley having to settle for third place and another podium.

James had some good practice sessions and looked strong qualifying in seventh place for race one. A poor start saw him drop back to 10th place but he worked hard to fight his way back to finish in a solid fifth.

Westy started race two in sixth place but again dropped back and became locked in an eight bike battle for fourth place ultimately finishing in seventh.

In the Bennetts British Superbike class Fraser Rogers continuously improved his times qualifying for race one in 24th place and worked hard to finish in 21st. In race two he started from 21st and again worked hard to cross the line in a great 12th place only to be deducted two positions after cutting a chicane, finishing in the points in a solid 14th place.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a bit of a struggle at the start of the weekend for Ben to find a good set up and he worked really hard in both races to achieve the results he did. He managed to turn it around in qualifying and i am really proud of how he rode in both races as it is obvious we had a disadvantage on the Yamaha's. He gave everything as always to secure two strong results.

Westy struggled off the start in both races and was in a fight to try and work his way back through the field. He showed some good lap times but was locked in close battles and unable to push forwards and make the passes to finish in a higher position.

We have had a few problems with the Superbike over the weekend and despite Fraser continuing to work hard we did not get the right set up for this circuit. He rode really well in the second race and it was good to see him in some strong battles and gaining some points. I hope we can start well at Brands and finish the season on a strong note."

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posted by The Team at 12:57

24 September 2018

A win and a Podium at Oulton Park

The tenth round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship took place at Oulton Park. Ben Currie secured a strong third place in race one and another fantastic win in race two. James Westmoreland was sixth in race one and took a strong fourth place in race two.

Ben showed good form all weekend in every session and started race one on the front row in third place. He was locked in a battle in the opening few laps with Seeley and Kennedy but dropped off in the closing laps to finish third.

For race two he again was in third place on the grid for the declared wet race. Ben got one of his great starts and was looking confident out at the front when the safety car was deployed following an early incident. The safety car came in after a couple of laps with Seeley and Kennedy pushing Ben back down to third place when the race resumed. He soon regained his momentum and moved back to the front. Kennedy pushed Ben all the way looking for every opportunity to pass but Ben managed to fend him off to secure another stunning win.

James was also having a solid weekend but ended up qualifying in 11th place on the grid for race one after being caught out when the rain came down. He got a a good start and worked his way up the field to finish in sixth. For the second race he started from seventh place on the grid. He got another strong start and was locked in a tight battle in the opening laps. Taking advantage of the safety car being deployed he moved up to finish in a strong fourth.

In the Bennetts British Superbike class Fraser Rogers managed to get into a points scoring position, despite big problems with his visor, in the opening race where he secured a fantastic 15th place having started from 18th in the tricky wet conditions. For race two he started from 17th place for the declared dry race and had another great race to finish in another points scoring 15th place.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " It was a great weekend for both Supersport riders. Ben did what he could in the first race to gain third and rode exceptionally well in the second race to take the win in wet conditions. We know Jack and Alastair are good in the wet so once again he rode really well and i am really pleased for him. Westy also had a good weekend, it was tough for him in race one due to his qualifying position but he came through the pack in both races to secure a couple of decent results.

Fraser once again worked hard all weekend and we have made some big steps forward. It was great he secured points in both races as he has deserved this. He rode really well and i hope ths will continue for Assen and Brands."

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posted by The Team at 15:05

A win and a Podium at Silverstone

Round nine of the Dickies British Supersport Championship was run for the first time on the the shorter National Circuit. It was another solid weekend for the team with Ben Currie securing third place in the first race and a brilliant win in the second. James Westmoreland was fifth in race one and 11th in race two.

Both riders rode well all weekend and had a strong qualifying session with both on the front row of the grid for race one. Ben got one of his normal fantastic starts and it soon became one of the best races of the season so far with many passes and overtaking manoeuvres. Ben was dicing for the lead with Alastair Seeley, Jack Kennedy and James Rispoli. He had to settle for third after a dash for the line just 0.093 behind the race winer Seeley.

Ben was once again on the front row for race two, sitting in third on the grid. Once again he got a great start and it was another amazing race with six riders battling for the lead. Ben rode a fantastic race preserving his tyres enabling him to push that little bit harder towards the end creating a small gap to take him into the lead. At one point he dropped down to fourth place but then fought back to take a stunning win.

Westy struggled off the start in race one and was unable to make a break with the front runners and had to ride hard to gain a fifth place. He started from ninth on the grid for race two but struggled through the race to push with the front runners but managed to get to fifth place at one point only to slip back with a mechanical problem, finishing in 11th.

In the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Fraser Rogers continued to improve all weekend. He qualified for race one in 20th position for the first race and finished in the same position. For race two he was placed in 24th position on the grid but was forced to retire with a problem. For the third and final race he started from 23rd and worked hard to finish in 18th.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "Ben rode two fantastic races, we were worried about the second race as his bike was slightly down on power putting him at a disadvantage compared to the other contenders. However, he was just awesome. He really worked so hard throughout the whole race and just timed it to perfection. He thoroughly deserved the win.

Westy was struggling with set-up throughout the weekend and was just a little bit off the pace of the front runners. However, he is still in the running to secure third place in the Championship so we must all continue with that as a target for the remaing races.

Fraser continues to make huge improvements and progress. His lap times were good and we are beginning to move in the right direction with him. As always he worked hard to ensure he got some results and we hope he will end the season with some points."

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posted by The Team at 13:22

29 August 2018

A win and a Podium at Cadwell Park

The team headed to the picturesque circuit of Cadwell Park for round eight of the Dickies British Supersport Championship. Ben Currie secured second in race one and an incredible win in race two. James Westmoreland was sixth in race one and seventh in race two.

Ben once again worked hard throughout the weekend and qualified for the first race in fourth place. He got a great start and was soon trying to hunt down the Championship leader, Jack Kennedy, for the win. He looked to be closing to make a move on the final lap but made a small mistake and had to settle for another second place.

For race two he started from second place on the grid and got an amazing start to take the lead. It was another fantastic race between Ben and Jack with Jack pushing hard and making some passes but Ben kept his head down taking his fifth win of the season and is just 36 points behind Jack in the Championship.

James was strong in practice but had to start from eighth on the grid for race one. With such a narrow track it is difficult to make up positions made worse by a bike blowing up in front of him forcing James to lose a couple of places. He was able to push his way through to sixth place. 

Westy started from seventh in race two and despite his efforts was suffering with a chatter problem and had to settle for seventh place.

In the Bennetts British Superbike class Fraser Rogers struggled to find a suitable set-up for this technical circuit and had to start race one from 24th place. He worked hard to finish in a creditable 17th place.

For race two he was placed in 18th position on the grid and was soon in a points scoring position when he was forced to retire with a technical problem.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm so pleased for Ben this weekend; he has been working hard all season and deserves the results he got. We lost out on both practice sessions as we discovered an issue with the bike after his crash at Thruxton. Thankfully, we managed to get it fixed and he was really strong in both races. The win was a real credit to him, he showed his real talent as he really had to fight for it.

Westy struggled all weekend to find a set-up that suits his riding style. We are going to take a good look at the bike before Silverstone to see what the problem is.

Fraser once again put a lot off effort in that did not match the results. He was running in the points in the second race but had a technical problem. He has made some big changes to the bike to suit his riding style and we hope the results will come a Silverstone."

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posted by The Team at 18:12

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