Gearlink Kawasaki News
23 April 2017
It was a busy weekend for the team at round two of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch. Following the cancellation of race one at Donington Park the team prepared for three races. Andrew Irwin gained a great second place in race one, did not start in race two and finished a creditable sixth in race three. Ben Currie had a good weekend with two fourth places and a third.
Andrew looked strong all weekend setting consistently fast times qualifying in third place for race one. He got a fantastic start and moved into second place and quickly moved away from the chasing pack with the leader. He was unable to find a good passing place but secured his second consecutive podium with a strong second place, also securing the fastest lap.
For race two he started from pole position and was keen to push hard. He got the hole-shot but rain started to fall and he crashed out and was soon followed by three more riders and the race was red flagged. Despite the valiant efforts of the the team the bike was too badly damaged to make the re-start.
For the third and feature race he was forced to start from 29th on the grid. He got a fantastic start and made up about ten places before a crash on the opening lap caused the red flag to come out. On the re-start he gained another superb start working his way through the field, riding exceptionally well, to finish in a great sixth place.
Ben was also riding well all weekend and setting some fast lap times. He started race one from seventh place on the grid being just 0.5 seconds for the pole sitter. He got a strong start and was locked in a battle for the third podium slot just missing out to finish fourth.
For race two he started from sixth and was fortunate to just avoid the crash that caused the red flag to come out. On the re-start he was again locked in a tightly fought battle for a podium place again just missing out to finish in another fourth place just 0.6 second from the podium.
For race three he started from seventh place and gained another good start rising to fifth after the first lap. Again he was setting some consistently fast times managing to finally get on the podium in a fantastic third place and now lies third in the Championship standings.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship James Westmoreland worked really hard all weekend and he and the team made some good progress with the Superbike with good times being achieved during the practice sessions. Despite a technical problem that hindered progress in qualifying, Westy was 17th in race one and was in a point scoring position of 15th in race two before crashing out.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a mixed weekend for the team with both Superport riders riding strongly setting fast lap times. Andrew rode a fantastic first race being able to stay with the leader at the front. It was unfortunate the rain coming down so early in the second race, whilst he was leading, just catching him out and we were unable to get the bike ready in time. He crashed in the warm-up for race three due to a technical problem and after two crashes had to start from the back of the grid. To finish in sixth place was very impressive.
Ben was quitely going about his business and got progressively faster throughout the weekend achieving three cosistently good results. This now sees him sitting in third place in the Championship. His confidence with the bike and the team is growing each time he goes out on track and his consistency is fantastic and was rewarded with his second podium so far this season.
I am happy with the progress we are making with he Superbike and are moving forwards in the right direction. James is a real team player and has really dug deep this weekend. We were plagued with an electrical problem the day before race day and that hindered his progress. He struggled in race one but found some good pace in race two which we are sure will continue to improve as the season goes on"
9 April 2017
It was an extremely successful weekend for the team in the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the opening round of the series at Donington Park. Race one was cancelled and the qualifying positions were rolled over to the second race. Andrew Irwin secured second place with team mate Ben Currie in third to claim a fantastic double podium for the team.
Throughout the weekend in free practice and qualifying both riders set some strong times and despite being wet and cold during the qualification session Andrew was on the front row in third with Ben on the second row in fifth.
Due to a tragic incident earlier in the day the first race was cancelled and the qualifying positions were held for the second race. Andrew made an incredible start to take the lead with Ben tucked in behind in second place. It was another epic Supersport race with six riders in contention including Alastair Seeley on the Spirit Moto2 machine (the M2 is a development bike and ineligible to score points in the Championship). The closely fought battle raged throughout the race with Andrew and Ben taking the lead at various stages. Finally Andrew finished a fantastic second with Alastair third and Ben fourth. With Alastair excluded from the results Ben was promoted to a great third place to achieve a superb double podium in the opening race of the season. For Andrew it was also his debut podium in the Championship.
The cancelled first race has been rescheduled for the next round at Brands Hatch.
James Westmoreland only secured the deal to ride for the team in the MCE British Superbike Championship last month so was short on dry testing. "Westy"used as much time as he could to do as many laps as possible during the free practice wet session to finish ninth fastest. With qualifying cancelled the organisers took the combined times from the free practice sessions enabling him to start the first race from 16th on the grid. Unfortunately a technical issue just before the first race ruled him out which meant he was dropped back to starting the second race from 24th place. He managed to finish just outside of the points.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm really pleased with how the Supersport race went. Andrew and Ben both performed well every time they went out despite changing weather conditions during qualifying with both riders upping their game to qualify on the front two rows.
It was great to see both our riders up at the front throughout the race and it feels like a long time coming. Andrew and Ben have a great attitude and i know that if we keep pushing forward we can challenge for further podiums. It is great working with them and i am looking forward to the rest of the season.
With James in the Superbike class we did make some strong progress. Due to a couple of circumstance we lost some valuable track time over the weekend to set the bike up for "Westy" but will go to Brands and keep chipping away to help him develop the bike to suit what he needs. I am confident that we can start to achieve some points as the season progresses.
As a team we would like to express our condolences to the friends and family of Mick Whalley"
We are delighted to announce that Ben Wilson has re-joined the team for the 2017 season. After sustaining horrific injuries at the NorthWest 200 last year, Ben will join the team in an advisory capacity to their BSB rider - James Westmoreland and their BSS riders - Benjamin Currie and Andrew Irvine.
Ben has made huge progress with his recovery after multiple operations and surgery to fix his heavily damaged femur. He has now had the external fixator removed and is up on his feet on crutches. He still has a long road to recovery and whilst on the mend, Michael and Norma de Bidaph have welcomed him back to the team with open arms.
Ben will help all three riders throughout the season with data set-up and also passing on his extensive knowledge after riding both the Supersport and Superbike for the team in the past.
Ben Wilson - "It is really good to be back in the paddock but it wasn't in the way that i was hoping! Michael and Norma helped me so much last year from the moment i was injured all the way through until now. I wanted to give something back to show how grateful i am for their continued support.
It is great to be back working with the team and help Michael push the riders forward to achieve some strong results. I know i have a lot of knowledge of the bikes and the team to move things to the next level and hope we will have a very successful season."
12 October 2016
It was another strong weekend for the team at round 11 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Assen. Mason Law continued his recent great form with a stunning win in the first race in his debut appearance at the track and in mixed conditions had to settle for ninth place in the second race. Andrew Irwin had a very strong weekend with a sixth and a fourth.
Mason has secured six podiums including one win at the previous four rounds and continued showing his strong form at the Dutch circuit. He was consistently fast throughout the practice and qualifying sessions and secured his first pole position of the season.
He got a brilliant start and soon took the lead totally dominating the race leading from start to finish. By lap eight he had managed to pull a huge 4.3 second lead to take another fantastic victory.
For race two Mason started from fifth place on the grid. All the riders were ready to go when heavy rain forced them back to the pits when the race was aborted as it was deemed unsafe. When conditions improved the race, albeit shortened, was re-started. It was always going to be a difficult race using wet tyres on a drying track.
Mason unfortunately struggled from the start and soon dropped back to 12th place, he tried to push forwards as much as he could eventually having to settle for ninth place. He still retains his fourth place in the Championship standings.
Andrew was also making his debut appearance at Assen and used the practice sessions to find his feet around this fast flowing GP track. He set some strong times dring the practice and qualifying sessions to qualify in a creditable fifth place on the grid for the first race.
He got a brilliant start and was lying in second place after the opening lap and was in a battle with six other riders for a podium finish. Unfortunately he was pushed wide by another rider and finished in sixth place when the chequered flag came out.
With the mixed weather conditions for race two Andrew felt confident in conditions he enjoys. He started from seventh on the grid and was soon leading the race where he stayed for the first four laps. The eventual winner passed him on lap five and he was then locked in a dice for third place just being pipped by 0.017 second as he crossed the line to finish in fourth place.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship Vittorio Iannuzzo had a super Q1 qualifying session and made it through for the first time this season to Q2 to place him in 14th position on the grid for race one.
Vittorio had two solid races with the team continuing to make progress and secured two 20th places.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm really pleased with how the weekend has gone. Mason was fantastic in race one and totally dominated the race in taking another win. He struggled in race two but finished strongly and is still fourth in the Championship.
Andrew has once again shown what a talented rider he is and more than capable of running at the front. I am pleased with his progress since joining us part way into the season and that he is now consistently scoring good Championship points.
Vittorio was brilliant this weekend, he really enjoys being at circuits like this and we are really happy with the qualifying position he got. He made a huge amount of progress throughout the weekend in every session and it is great that we are moving forwards."
11 October 2016
The team had a diverse weekend at round ten of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Donington Park. Mason Law continued his recent run of wins and podiums with a fantastic third place in race one but unfortunately had to retire in race two. Andrew Irwin fought hard for a strong sixth place in race one and was 12th in race two.
Mason struggled throughout the practice sessions to find a suitable set-up and despite many changes to the bike found himself in sixth place on the grid for race one. He got a great start in the race and soon moved up to fourth in the first lap. He was pushing for a podium when another rider crashed in front of him and rode hard to finish just 0.4 seconds behind the second place rider.
For race two he started from third place on the front row of the grid but it soon became apparent that he had a problem with the bike and was forced to retire from fifth place on lap six.
Andrew had another strong points scoring weekend despite crashing during the qualifying session. The team worked hard and fast to get him back out on track for him to secure 10th place on the grid for race one. He got a fantastic start and was soon up to fifth place in lap one eventually finishing in a great sixth place.
For race two he was placed in sixth place on the grid but the bike failed to start for the race so he was wheeled off the grid and the team managed to re-start it but unfortunately he had to start the race from pit lane resulting him starting the race in last in 27th place. He worked so hard to make up the time moving through the pack to finish in a creditable ponts scoring position of 12th place.
In the MCE British Superbike series Vittorio Iannuzzo had a really strong weekend securing his first Championship points of the season with two very solid 15th places.
Vittorio certainly felt more comfortable with a track he knows and one that also suits his riding style with the team extremely pleased with his progress over the weekend.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph: - " In the Supersport class both Mason and Andrew continued to make good progress throughout the weekend securing solid qualifying positions on the grid. Mason gained another great podium in race one despite a small mechanical problem. Andrew rode a strong race considering his crash in qualifying and pleased he is continuing to score points.
I was totally gutted for Mason in race two, watching him retire is not what i want to see and frustrates me more than anyone. We had no issues with Andrew's bike all weekend so it was a surprise that it failed to start for race two. To finish in 12th place after starting from the back is a credit to him.
I am so pleased for Vittorio as it was great to finally get some Championship points. He likes it at Donington and felt comfortable all weekend. Everything went well and he continued to improve in every session including a much better qualifying sesssion giving him a better opportunity in the race.
We should have picked a different tyre for race two which certainly hindered his progress and he did well to avoid two crashed riders. It was great to see him involved in some good battles and he was rewarded with two hard earnt 15th places."
12 September 2016
Mason Law secured his first ever win in his debut year at round 9 in the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park. He followed it up in the second race with a brilliant second place. His team-mate Andrew Irwin, despite riding injured gained sixth and seventh places.
Throughout the weekend Mason was near the top of the time sheets and he was keen to make a strong start in race one having qualified in fourth place. He got a fantastic start and led after lap one. He totally controlled and dominated the race from start to finish and rode an incredible race to take his first ever win in the Championship.
In race two he started from second place on the grid holding this position until lap seven when he made a great pass on the leader, Brad Ray. Gradually the pair of them built up a commanding lead over the rest of the pack with both riding strongly and Ray just in the lead on the last lap. However, Mason looked totally in control for a last lap overtake when he sufferred a small technical problem and had to coast home for a fantastic second place.
Andrew Irwin was still suffering after being taken out at the previous round at Cadwell Park when he sustained broken ribs. Oulton Park is an extremely technical circuit and physically demanding. Andrew rode through the pain throughout the weekend and was also riding well. In race one he started from eighth place on the grid and after lap one was soon into fourth place but the pain got the better of him and he was able to finish in a very good sixth place.
For race two he started from seventh place on the grid and finished in a very creditable seventh place.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship Vittorio Iannuzzo had a tough weekend and had to pull in with a technical problem in race one. For race two he started from 30th place on the grid and finished in 22nd. For race three he started from 28th place on the grid and finished in 21st place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " It was a big come back for the team here at Oulton Park. Mason was impeccable all weekend and we hardly made any changes from Cadwell Park as he was on the pace from the start.
He showed his true talent this weekend and we could not be more pleased for him with the results he achieved. It was unfortunate that in the second race he had a small technical problem on the last lap as it was looking likely he was going to achieve a well deserved double victory. To achieve a win and a second place is still a fantastic result and we know what we can do to achieve the same results for the rest of the season.
Andrew really dug deep this weekend as he was in a lot of pain from his ribs and shoulder yet fought on without any complaints. He listened all weeked and finished both races with some solid points. He did a brilliant job considering his injuries.
Vittorio made some good progress and good to see him having a few track battles and getting stuck in pushing him a bit further up the field."
2 September 2016
It was a double podium weekend for the team at round eight of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Cadwell Park. Mason Law had a fantastic weekend taking two stunning second places. Andrew Irwin also looked very strong taking fourth place in race one but sadly was unable to avoid an incident in race two forcing him to crash out.
Mason came to Cadwell Park brimming with confidence following his podium at Brands Hatch. A former motocross rider he was very much at home on such a physical and technical circuit and was top of the time sheets in the opening practice session. A good qualifying session put him in second place on the grid for the first race.
He had a strong start setting some consistently fast lap times but was unable to catch the leading rider, however, he was over five seconds in front of the third place rider over the finishing line.
For race two he again started from second place on the grid and soon took an early lead following a fantastic start. As in race one he was not quite able to match the pace of the lead rider but still secured another great second place well ahead of the rest of the pack.
Andrew was also strong from the start of the weekend and consistently within the top six on the time sheets managing to qualify in a good sixth place on the grid for race one. He was soon up to fourth place and was locked in a battle for the third place podium just missing out to finish in a very good fourth.
For race two he started on the front row of the grid in third place alongside team-mate, Mason. It was great to see both Gearlink Kawasaki bikes side by side on the front row. He got a steady start in fourth place and was settling into a good rhythm. Unfortunatley the rider in front lost control and crashed out with his bike on the track leaving Andrew nowhere to go forcing him to crash as well. Fortunatley both riders avoided serious injury managing to walk away.
In the MCE British Superbike series Vittorio Iannuzzo continued to make progress despite not having ridden this very demanding circuit. He managed to improve his times in each session finishing 26th in race one but was forced to retire in race two with an electrical problem.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " It was a really positive weekend for the team and i was particularly pleased with the Supersport results as Mason and Andrew were on the pace all weekend.
They both had a strong qualifying session and it was great to see Mason build on his recent excellent form and carry on the podium run. I was very pleased for Andrew securing fourth place, he has turned a corner this weekend, showed his maturity and did what we asked. He rode a very solid race and we are pleased with fourth place.
Mason looked so strong all weekend and a win for him in his first year in this Championship must soon be coming. He rode two fantastic races and got a big handfull of points to move him up to eighth in the Championship. Andrew was unfortunate in the second race to get caught up in the accident but he has made a big step forward and we hope he can continue like that for the rest of the season.
It was always going to be very hard for Vittorio coming to Cadwell and try to learn the circuit. It is probably one of the most demanding circuits in the world and almost impossibel to learn everything in one weekend."
17 August 2016
It was a positive weekend for the team at round seven of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Brands Hatch GP Circuit. Mason Law had a strong weekend with a fourth place, a DNF and a third place podium. His team-mate Andrew Irwin was unfortunate to have two crashes and a DNF.
Mason came to his local circuit full of confidence and keen to get some good results. He had a few problems during practice but managed to put the bike on the front row for the first race after qualifying in third place. He was soon in the mix and then the safety car came out but he was able to make further progress when the safety car came in to finish in a good fourth place.
He struggled off the start in race two and lost some places in the first few laps but soon started to progress through the pack and looked set to finish in another fourth place when a technical problem ocurred on the final lap forcing him to retire.
In the final race he started from fifth place on the grid but the race was red flagged on lap four following a crash. On the re-start he got a good start and rode a strong race to finish in a great third place and another podium.
Andrew had a strong weekend and showed a lot of potential in only his second race meeting with the team. He looked good throughout the practise and qualifying sessions to put the bike on the grid for the first race in fifth place. He got a great start and was soon up to second place after the opening lap fighting with five other riders for the win. After the safety car was deployed he dropped back to fourth and then seventh following a mistake. Unfortunately he crashed out on lap nine of the twelve lap race.
For race two he started from sixth place but sufferred a mechanical problem following his earlier crash in race one forcing him to retire.
For race three he started from 12th place on the grid and due to a technical problem at the start he dropped back to 23rd after lap one but pushed his way up to 17th when the race was red flagged. On the re-start he got a flying start and was 10th after lap one and worked his way up to sixth place before sadly crashing out on lap 11.
In the MCE British Superbike series Vittorio Iannuzzo had a progressive weekend finishing in 23rd and 21st places. He had a problem during qualifying with a wrong setting but his time during the races once again continued to improve.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We can take a lot of positives from this weekend but there are still issues we need to address.
In the Supersport class both riders were up there and setting some good times during the pre-race sessions with both Mason and Andrew qualifying well. Mason continued to dig deep in race one to get a strong fourth place. Andrew was riding well but had an issue with the front end which we believe contributed to his crash. There was a lot of damage to his bike which led to a problem for him in race two forcing him to retire. Mason was also riding well but he also was forced to retire.
In race three once again Mason and Andrew looked like they could both push for a podium position. Mason worked hard right to the end to earn himself another third place and Andrew made a small mistake crashing out in the closing stages but he was showing a lot of potential this weekend.
Vittorio once again made progress this weekend and we are happy that with the advances made with the Superbike the results will hopefully come."
3 August 2016
It was a weekend of highs and lows for the team at round six of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the ultra fast Thruxton circuit.
Mason Law had another confident boosting round with a a fifth and what was thought a third place in race two. His new team-mate, Ulsterman Andrew Irwin, had a great start with a ninth and again what was thought ninth place in race two. Sadly due to a technical infringement both Mason and Andrew were excluded from race two following scrutineering.
Mason is starting to regain the form he showed earlier in the season and looked good all weekend. He was fifth in qualifying for race one and battled with the leading group to finish in a good fifth place. For race two he started from eighth place on the grid and got another great start managing to take the lead on lap 13. The four leading riders were all going for the win with Mason in a dead heat for a third place podium. Unfortunately he later learned that he had been excluded.
It was Andrew Irwin's first weekend with the team and he had a great debut. Due to a small issue he lost valuable track time during the practise sessions and therefore had a tough qualifying session and had to settle for 21st place on the grid for race one.
He pushed hard in the opening race and gradually picked his way through the field to achieve a brilliant top ten finish in ninth. For race two he moved up to seventh place on the grid and once again the racing was very close to finish in another ninth place. Like Mason he later learned that he had been excluded.
In the MCE British Superbike series Vittorio Iannuzzo had a solid finish in race one in 23rd. His times improved for race two and rode very well to finish again in 23rd place. He has now had more experience with the bike and is feeling much more confident going to tracks that he has a little more knowledge of.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I am truly devastated about the situation in the second Supersport race today. We have made a costly mistake and it has been a total oversight on our behalf in not spotting a rule change from last season which i believe would not have enhanced the performance of the riders this weekend. I offer my sincere apologies to both Mason and Andrew, particularly as they both rode so well, and to our sponsors for this mistake. We will move on from this and hope that we achieve good results at the next round at Brands Hatch and secure the good reputaion we have always had.
I must congratulate Vittorio on his weekend; he improved all the time and set his best lap times in the second race. He really is beginning to get a good feeling for the bike and i feel we have some good progress and look forward to continuing our progress for the remainder of the season."
22 July 2016
It was a challenging weekend at round five of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Snetterton 300 circuit. Mason Law gained a 10th place in race one and a great fourth place in race two. Luke Hedger was unlucky to crash out in rqce one and was 11th in race two.
Mason made several changes to the bike over the weekend but was caught out in difficult weather conditions during qualifying and had to start from 21st place in race one. After the safety car only five laps were completed and he rode really well to cross the line in 10th place at the end of the nine lap race.
For the second race he had moved himself up the grid to start from 12th place and began to show the form he showed at the start of the season to finish in a fantastic fourth place.
It was a difficult weekend for Luke only being able to qualify in 13th place. On the first lap in race one he was involved in a fairly big crash forcing the safety car to be deployed. Initially it was thought that he may have sustained a serious injury but fortunately he was soon able to walk into the medical centre. Feeling very sore he started race two in 19th place managing to cross the finishing line in 11th place.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship Vittorio Iannuzzo had a solid finish in 21st place for race one but was forced to retire in race two with a mechanical problem.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a tough weekend for us with Mason and Luke getting caught out with a torrential downpour during qualifying with both having to start from low positions in race one.
Luke was taken out on lap one as it is always a bit messy lower down the grid during the opening few laps. Mason chipped away and managed to score some points and improve his position on the grid for race two.
Luke was placed in another low position on the grid for race two and managed to get some Championship points.
Mason rode an exceptional and mature race in race two and it was good to see him get his confidence back and show the form he showed at Silverstone before his nasty crash. We have made a lot of progress with him here and i hope this is a new start to his season.
It was a frustrating weekend with the Superbike in trying to find a suitable set-up on the bike that Vittorio is happy with. We will keep plugging away and look forward to making progress in futuer rounds"
29 June 2016
It was a challenging weekend for the team at round four of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Knockhill Circuit. Luke Hedger was forced to retire in race one and was sixth in race two. Mason Law gained a tenth place in race one but had to retire in race two with a technical problem.
Luke was setting some consistent times in the wet and dry conditions in the practice and qualifying sessions, qualifying in a strong fifth place for race one. He got a great start and was soon up to fourth place and battling to improve his position further before having to retire into pit lane with a technical problem. For race two he started from sixth place on the grid, did not get the best of starts but managed to regain his grid position to score some solid points.
Mason struggled all weekend to find a suitable set up but managed to salvage a good eighth position on the grid in the wet qualifying session. He got boxed into turn one for race one dropping back to 13th at the end of lap one but managed to fight his way through to finish in 10th position.
His lap times in race one were only good enough to put him in 13th place on the grid for race two but it was clear from the start that he had a problem and despite his efforts had to retire on lap five.
In the MCE British Superbike series, Vittorio Iannuzzo struggled throughout the weekend with set-up issues and was forced to DNF both races.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It really was a tough weekend for the team. We had two DNF's in Supersport and we will be fully investigating the causes and working hard to rectify the situation ready for the next round at Snetterton.
Since Vittorio was hit by another bike at the last round at Brands Hatch the Superbike has not been right. We will strip the bike down and will measure everything and effectively start again with the bike.
We are determined that for Snetterton everything will be 100% and the results will come".
A difficult weekend for the team at round three of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. Luke Hedger had a steady weekend with a ninth and a sixth. Mason Law had an unfortunate crash in race one and was 13th in race two.
The two riders worked hard all weekend to find a suitable set-up for the short Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. Luke qualified in tenth place and got a steady start in race one before it was red flagged due to rain. As the team prepared in the melee in the pits, Luke unfortunately just missed the pit lane closure and had to start the re-started race from the back of the grid.
Considering he had to work his way through the pack of over 30 riders he did an amazing job and rode extremely well to finish in ninth place at the end of just a 12 lap race. He had to start from 12th place on the grid for race two but worked hard in a closely fought race to finish in a creditable sixth place.
For Mason Law the bad luck continues and after a strong start in race one he high sided coming out of Graham Hill bend and crashed out. Race two was always going to be a struggle but he managed to bring the bike home in 13th place.
In the MCE British Superbike Series, Vittorio Iannuzzo had a tough weekend through no fault of his own. A lot of progress was made during practice and qualifying to achieve 22nd place on the grid for race one. He started race one well but was unfortunately caught up in a crash involving two other riders and was taken out. He was taken to the medical centre and declared fit fto ride for race two. On the grid the bike had a small problem which the team managed to fix quickly but Vittorio had to start the race from the pit lane. He rode a strong race to finish in 20th place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " In the Supersport class the practice sessions were ok but we haven't been achieving the times i know we are capable of.
Luke suffered a technical problem in qualifying and did not get the grid position he deserved. Despite missing the pit lane closure and starting from the back of the grid he rode an exceptional race making some fantastic passes helping him secure a top ten position.
For race two Luke rode hard and was battling for a podium position, however, he struggled with front end grip towards the end of the race.
Mason was unfortunate to crash out in race two which meant he suffered with a low grid position for race two. He rode well in race two but like Luke had front end grip issues which will require thorough investigation.
In the Superbike class Vittorio was riding really well and we are happy that good progress is being made at every round with him and for each session we are moving in the right direction. Unfortunately he was taken out in race one and despite being pretty beaten up his gritty determination saw him go out onto the grid for race two.
We noticed a problem after the sighting lap and the team worked really hard to fix it but he had to start from pit lane. Despite feeling very sore he still plugged on finishing in a creditable 20th place."
17 May 2016
The team was elated after Alastair Seeley secured both wins in the Supersport races at the North West 200 and in doing so passed the great Robert Dunlop's record of 15 wins, making Alastair the new record holder with 17 wins.
The team was running Ulsterman Alastair Seeley and Ben Wilson on their Kawasaki ZX-6R Supersport machines with Ben also entered into the Superbike races with the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
The first Supersport race was a typical North West Supersport battle with fast and close racing and a number of contenders at the front. Alastair soon developed a rhythm and made his move on the last lap to finish 1.2 seconds in front of his nearest rival, TT star Ian Hutchinson, and to go into the record books with his 16th win.
The second race proved every bit as competitive as the first with Alastair managing to break away from the chasing pack to take his 17th win by a convincing 6.5 seconds. He also set the fastest ever lap by a Supersport machine on this 8.9 mile superfast road circuit.
Ben was also competing in the Superstock 1000 class for the EHA Racing Team and unfortunately during the practice and qualifying session he had a high speed crash and sufferred a badly broken right femur. Michael and Norma arranged for Ben to be airlifted to the same hospital where Ian Hutchinson had received treatment for his badly broken leg.
The racing was overshadowed on the last day when Malachi Mitchell-Thomas unfortunately crashed in the Supertwin race and sadly succumbed to his injuries at the circuit.
Alastair Seeley - "It has been a very emotional week for us all at the North West. I have been coming to this race since i was a small boy and watched such heroes as the Dunlop's, Rutter, Anstey and McCallen and now my name is alongside theirs.
I have been blown away by the amount of messages of support and the Gearlink Kawasaki team have provided me with a fantastic bike and everything i needed. My thanks to Michael, Norma and Arron for all their help and support. I also wish my team-mate Ben Wilson a quick and speedy recovery.
The weather has been perfect all week and it is such an incredible feeling to have won 17 NW200 races! I would also like to say a huge thank you to all my personal sponsors for their input and for supporting me here on my home turf in Northern Ireland.
However, everything is overshadowed by the very sad loss of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, he was an extremely talented young rider and our thoughts are with his family and close friends."
Ben Wilson - "I am totally gutted to have been injured as i was really looking forward to it after my debut in 2015. I want to thank everyone for looking after me and getting me back home, especially Michael and Norma. I have a long road of rehabilitation ahead but i will be back.
I must say a huge well done to Alastair and the team and also to send my thoughts to Malachi's family and friends, a very sad loss."
Team Owner Michael de Bidaph - "It has been a week of incredible highs and extreme lows.
Alastair was on the pace right from the first practice and when he won the first race having broken Robert Dunlop's record on our bike, we were all on a high but to go and do it again with such a commanding lead was an incredible moment! A massive thank you to Alastair for such an awesome performance.
When i heard that it was Ben that had crashed I couldn't believe it but, having spent 7 hours at the hospital we managed to have him flown by air ambulance to Addenbrooke Hospital. With the help of Ian Hutchinson, to whom we offer our grateful thanks, we managed to get Ben accepted by Ian's surgeon who carried out extensive treatment to Ian's leg after his crash a few years ago.
We are reminded of the cruel side to this sport when Malachi Mitchell-Thomas had his fatal accident here and our sincere condolences go out to his family, team amd friends."
15 May 2016
It was a mixed weekend in difficult conditions for the team at round two of the Dickies British Supersporrt Championship at Oulton Park. Luke Hedger secured a solid fifth place in race one and then followed it up with a fantastic second place in race two. Mason Law had a difficult weekend finishing in eighth place in race one but was forced to retire with a technical problem in race two.
Luke worked hard throughout the practice sessions to find a suitable base setting but all fell into place managing to achieve a creditable fourth place on the grid for race one. He did not get the best of starts dropping back to seventh place on lap one but soon started working his way through the pack to fifth place when the race was red flagged. Starting from fifth place in the re-start he soon worked his way up to second place when the race was red flagged again because of rain gaining a brilliant second place podium for the team.
Mason struggled all weekend to find a suitable set-up, qualifying in 13th place for race one but managed to bring the bike home in eighth place. In the morning warm up the following day he had a big crash at Shell Corner and was taken to the medical centre for assessment, he was declared ok and fit to ride. He started from 12th position on the grid for race two and moved up to ninth place before having to pull out with a technical problem.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship it was the first time that Vittorio Iannuzzo had raced at Oulton Park and with the mixed weather coditions was a challenging weekend for him. He sustained a crash in race one but managed a strong 18th position in race two.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - It was a tough weekend for the team and were really pleased that Luke was able to salvage something and secure us a podium in his second race. It was good for him to get two good results as he had a difficult time at Silverstone..
It was a hard weekend with the weather conditions and with Vittorio and Mason both suffering crashes, it is something we never want to see.
It was unfortunate for Mason with his crash and technical problem, we hope to have everything fixed and sorted out for Brands Hatch.
Vittorio once again worked really hard with the Superbike and made a lot of progress on a track that he has never raced at before. He never gives up and it is a real credit to him, we hope that we can improve and continue with him for the remainder of the season."
15 April 2016
It was a mixed weekend for the team at the first round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Silverstone Circuit. Due to adverse weather and track contamination the opening race on Saturday was cancelled. In race two on Sunday Mason Law, despite being injured, secured a fantastic podium with third place and Luke Hedger was forced to retire with an electrical problem.
Both riders worked hard all weekend in changing conditions, setting good consistent lap times in the practice sessions and looking likely to challenge for podium positions. Mason qualified in third place on the grid in his first ever British Supersport season. Luke struggled a little and was placed 12th on the grid for the scheduled first race.
Both riders lined up on the grid for race one and got good starts. Sadly Mason along with two other riders touched something on the track and crashed out. Luke had moved up to fifth place when the safety car was deployed but in deteriorating conditions the race was red flagged. The race was re started but due to several incidents, including Luke, race direction cancelled the race hoping to run it at a future venue.
For race two Mason moved up to second place on the grid and Luke up to ninth. Luke sufferred a problem on the sighting lap and was forced to start the race from pit lane. He rode an incredible race working his way through the pack from dead last to a respectable seventh position when he was plagued with an electrical problem forcing him out of the race.
Mason had one of the rides of the weekend having suffered a serious hand injury from the crash the previous day he pushed through the pain barrier to gain a fantastic debut British Supersport podium in third place.
In the MCE British Superbike series Vittorio Iannuzzo worked hard all weekend in his debut for the team and despite some setbacks and a lack of track time was able to finish both Superbike races in 21st and 20th places.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It has been a mixed weekend for the team and although the conditions were the same for everyone we missed out on some vital track time.
It was a big set-back in the Supersport class for both riders with everything that happened in the first race. We had two broken bikes on Saturday night and Mason had hurt his hand pretty badly. Luke was unlucky to suffer with an electrical problem which will be investigated when we return to the workshop. He rode very hard in the second race and hopefully we can get both riders on the podium very soon.
Mason was in a lot of pain and had to work really hard through his injury so being able to secure a podium position under the circumstances was fantastic. It was a tough weekend so it was good to see him gain his first ever Supersport podium with our team.
I am pleased with the progress with Vittrorio on the Superbike, the results certainly do not reflect the effort that was put in nor the progress we made with the bike. We now have two races under our belt and considering lack of track time Vittorio has had he rode exceptionally well and we hope we continue to move forwards at Oulton Park."
20 January 2016
Gearlink Kawasaki is very pleased to announce our plans for the Vauxhall International North West 200 in 2016. We have signed multi NW200 winner Alastair Seeley and long term Gearlink Kawasaki rider Ben Wilson.
The team is fielding two very strong riders at the Irish event which is being held between the 8th -14th May. We are extremely excited about running Alastair and Ben together again on the Kawasaki ZX-6R Supersport bikes, the pair will be re-united after being Gearlink Kawasaki team-mates in 2013.
Alastair has won an incredible 15 North West 200 races and will be hoping to extend that tally in 2016. Ben will make his second appearance following a successful "rookie" year last year at the fantastic Northern Irish road racing circuit.
Alastair Seeley - "I am very happy to be riding for the family team of Michael and Norma at Gearlink Kawasaki again plus back working with my former crew chief Arron Phillips.
I hope we can start where we left off at the NW200 in 2013, where i won with them. As the bike model hasn't changed for a number of years, hopefully i can just dial in my previous settings and be good to go from the start.
Anything I've asked for the event this year, Michael has agreed and assures me that we willl have strong motors, which i am buzzing about."
Ben Wilson - "I am looking forward to making my return to the NW200 this year, last year was a learning year and i really enjoyed the experience that i got there. I know the Gearlink Kawasaki team so well and i know we can achieve some really strong results there.
I secured 11th and 9th places last year and will be pushing hard to improve on those results this year and thank Michael and Norma for the opportunity."
Team Owner Michael de Bidaph - "It is really exciting for the team to have secured such a strong line-up to compete in the NW200 this year with Alastair and Ben.
Alastair rode our Supersport bike there in 2013 but due to unfortunate circumstances Norma and I were unable to attend, so it will be great to be fully involved this year with Alastair and Ben. It was Ben's first time there last year so now he knows his way around i am sure he will also be very competitive.
Ben and Alastair both had a successful season with us in the British Supersport Championship in 2013 and it would be great to get some strong results at the North West 200."
8 January 2016
Gearlink Kawasaki are pleased to announce that Vittorio Iannuzzo has signed to ride our Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike for this year's MCE British Superbike Championship.
The experienced former European Superstock Champion made his debut in the British Championship last season with several appearances but this year will be his first full season in the Championship.
Vittorio Iannuzzo - " I am proud to be part of this team because they are already one of the top teams in the Supersport Championship and when i met with them i had the feeling that they also want to become the same in the Superbike class, so together we have goals for the season ahead. The team has some really cool people and we have a good test test schedule planned so for sure it should be an easier start to the season this time for me compared to last year.
We must work hard together to get results but i am looking forward to that this year. We know that BSB is one of the strongest championships in the world, with so many top riders and teams, but we can progress in every race and we will be trying hard to make steps forward.
Team Owner Michael de Bidaph -"I am really happy to have signed Vittorio for the 2016 British Superbike season. I was in talks with him last year but at that time he had other commitments so i am delighted to be working with him this season.
It will certainly be a challeng for both of us especially a Vittorio is not that familiar with the British circuits but i am confident that, with the passion we both have to succeed, we will be able to have a great season."
18 December 2015
Gearlink Kawasaki is very pleased to announce some of our plans for the 2016 season. We will run two Kawasaki ZX-6R's in the British Supersport Championship with former Superstock 600 Champion Luke Hedger and newly crowned Superstock 600 Champion Mason Law.
Gearlink Kawasaki has always been heavily involved in bringing new young riders through the ranks and once again will field two young promising riders next season. Their 2015 rider Glenn Irwin has recently signed for one of the most sought after rides in the paddock with the Paul Bird Ducati team. 20 year old Luke Hedger rejoined the team a quarter of the way through the 2015 season and consistently secured strong top ten results in every race and is more than capable of achieving podium places next year.
Mason Law, also 20, was nearly untouchable in the Superstock 600 class in 2015 gaining ten podiums along the way and winning the class by 59 points. He is eager to now step up to the main Supersport class with the Gearlink Kawasaki team, learn and secure some good results.
Michael de Bidaph - Team Principal - "I am delighted to have signed Luke and Mason to compete in the British Supersport Championship for the 2016 race season. Whilst i am sure it will be another extremely competitive year i feel that with these two young riders we will be able to achieve podiums and once again our aim is to put everything into winning the Supersport Championship."
Luke Hedger - "I am happy to be back with Gearlink Kawasaki again for 2016, this will be my fourth season with the team. I am really looking forward to putting all my effort into the forthcoming year and i will be trying my hardest all year to achieve strong results."
Mason Law - " Having had an awesome season in winning the Superstock 600 Championship in 2015 i am extremely looking forward to the 2016 as i will be joining a team that i have wanted to ride for since joining the BSB paddock, Gearlink Kawasaki. Michael and Norma have a wealth of experience in this game to help me make the step up to Supersport beacuse i know with the right bike and the right team good results can be achieved."
28 October 2015
The team had a solid weekend for the final round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch. Glenn Irwin raced his final race in the Championship for Gearlink Kawasaki as he moves up to the British Superbike series in 2016. Glenn was unfortunate to have a technical problem in race one and had to retire, however, he secured a solid podium place in race two. Ben Wilson was seventh and fifth and Luke Hedger gained two good top ten places with a ninth and eighth place respectively.
Glenn looked strong all weekend as he was still in the fight to secure second place in the Championship. Despite the mixed conditions during practice and qualifying he was in fifth position on the grid for race one. Unfortunately he had a technical problem in the first lap which forced him out of the race and meant that he had to start from 11th on the grid for race two. He got a fantastic start and was soon up to sixth place after lap one and worked his way through the leading pack to second position after lap seven. He was then locked in a scrap for the remainder of the race to finish on the podium in a great third place.
Ben worked hard all weekend and set some good times in the wet practice sessions. He ended up qualifying tenth on he grid for race one and after a great start was in a good battle for fifth place when the race was red flagged on the penultimate lap with Ben having to settle for seventh place. For race two he started from seventh on the grid to finish in a creditable fifth place.
Luke had another solid weekend in the cold conditions to qualify in ninth place on the grid for race one and finished in the same position. For race two he was eighth on the grid and secured eighth place at the finish.
James Westmoreland joined the team for the weekend riding the Kawasaki ZX-10R in the MCE British Superbike Championship. In the first practice session in wet conditions James managed to put the bike in first position for the team. They had little track time to make the changes required and despite having to retire in race one secured two 18th places in the final two races.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It has certainly been a mixed weekend for us, everything started really well during practice with the Supersports and Superbike but it went downhill after that.
It was a real shame for Glenn in the first race having a technical problem as this could have cost him second place in the Championship. It has been great to work with Glenn over the last couple of years and i am really pleased he has been given such a great opportunity in the Superbike class next year and we wish him all the luck. Ben and Luke also rode well this weekend wih all three riders in the top ten results over the weekend.
It was great to have James Westmoreland with us for the final round, we made a lot of progress despite the lack of testing and dry track time and the results did not justify the effort James put in.
Lastly i would like to thank all our sponsors who have backed and supported us all season, without them we would not be able to go racing and we really appreciate all the help they give us."
7 October 2015
It was a fantastic weekend for the team at the penultimate round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Silverstone. Glenn Irwin was third in the Sprint race and then took a brilliant victory in race two. Ben Wilson was seventh in race one and secured his best result of the year in race two with fourth. Luke Hedger was ninth in race one and a solid sixth in race two.
The team made some suspension changes and this made a big difference to the rider performance. Glenn looked strong all weekend and managed to qualify for the Sprint race in second place. He got a great start and was in a constant battle for second place but got pushed back to third in the final lap.
He was third on the grid for the second race and after another brilliant start saw him get away with the leaders moving into second place after the opening lap. The safety car was deployed after a couple of laps and Glenn made the most of this and took to the front in lap five. He was then locked in a close battle for the lead finally moving to the front with three laps to go and managing to keep a small gap to take his third victory of the season and third in the championship.
It was also a good weekend for Ben and despite a lower qualifying position than he had hoped for in ninth place for the first race he got a great start moving up to fifth place eventually finishing in seventh. For race two he started from sixth place on the grid, got a fantastic start and was soon battling for a podium position finally finishing in fourth place for his best result of the season.
Luke had a big crash in qualifying which hindered his progress in the races to follow. Despite feeling sore he still managed to bring the bike home in a creditable ninth place in race one and a great sixth place in race two.
Jed Metcher, in just his second round for the team, had a difficult weekend in the MCE British Superbike Championship but still managed to achieve two 20th place finishes despite struggling to get out on track for the qualifying sessions.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " I am really pleased with the results in the Supersport class this weekend especially in the second race. It was great to see Glenn take another win and he fought hard all weekend for the results he achieved and they were well deserved.
We made some changes to the suspension this weekend and it helped us take a big step forward with development and the riders were all pleased with it.
It was good to see Ben back to his old form and achieving the results that he is more than capable of and we hope now that we can end the season on a high note with all three Supersport riders. Luke was hindered by his crash but still rode really well to get the results he did.
We are still deciding which direction to go with the Superbike but we will keep plugging away to try to get some decent results".
29 September 2015
The team were once again back on the the podium at round ten of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Assen Circuit with Glenn Irwin. Glenn finished a strong fifth in the Sprint race and followed it with a a great third place in the feature race. Ben Wilson had another consisstent weekend with seventh and sixth places, unfortunatley Luke Hedger crashed out of race one but managed to achieve ninth place in the second race.
Glenn was eager to return to the podium and worked hard all weekend and despite poor weather put in consistent lap times to qualify in sixth place for the opening race. He had a steady start and as the race progressed was locked in a battle for second place with four other riders. Every lap they were swapping positions in a thrilling race with Glenn making a fantastic move on the last lap to go into second place only to then make a mistake dropping him to fifth place as they crossed the finishing line.
For race two he was placed fourth on the grid and managed to get a brilliant start to be in second place at the end of lap one. The safety car was deployed on lap two following an accident. Glenn was passed by the eventual winner which dropped him back to third place which he continued to fight for until the end of the race.
Ben continued his recent form and qualified in difficult conditions in ninth place for the first race. He got a good start and was setting some good lap times to finish in a solid seventh place. For race two he started from seventh on the grid finishing in a very strong sixth place.
Luke once again was having a consistently strong weekend setting times placing him in the top ten in each of the practice and qualifying sessions. He started in seventh place on the grid for race one but was unfortunate to crash out in lap three. For race two he was on the grid in eighth place and following a poor start managed to bring the bike home in a creditable ninth place despite some problems which were as a result of the crash in race one.
It was another learning weekend in the MCE British Superbkie Championship for Jed Metcher riding the team's Kawasaki ZX-10R. He continued to improve throughout the weekend but sadly had to retire in race one with a technical problem. In race two, the conditions were mixed and after several delays the race was declared wet. The team took a gamble with full intermediate tyres which in the opening laps was perfect. Jed worked his way through the field and by lap six was in tenth place. However, as the track started to dry his tyres went off dropping him back to finish in 18th place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We have to take the positives from the weekend and a podium with Glenn is brilliant. It was unfortunate that he did not achieve two but by his own admission it was his mistake in race one. In the Supersport races we got a good selection of top ten results with all three riders. We have made some progress this weekend and hope it will continue until the rest of the season.
We are happy with what Jed has been achieving on the Superbike and he continues to improve every time he goes out on it. We took a gamble with the tyres in the second race and if the conditions had stayed wet a little longer the gamble would have paid off. He was riding well and we will look to keep moving forward at the final two rounds of the Championship."
8 September 2015
It was consistent weekend for the team at round nine of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park. Ben Wilson gained a sixth and fifth place, Luke Hedger secured an eighth and sixth place. Glenn Irwin was unfortunate to crash out of race one but sealed a strong fourth place in race two.
Ben made good progress throughout the weekend and has been returning to his old form as the season has progressed. He had a strong qualifying session and ended up in eighth place on the grid for race one. He got one of his good starts but was unable to bridge the gap between him and the leading pack but still able to finish the race in a good sixth position. For race two he started on the grid in sixth place and finished the race in a strong fifth position.
Glenn was looking to defend his third place in the Championship and set some consistent times during practice and qualifying. He was seventh on the grid for race one and in the melee that often happens early in the first lap he got pushed wide and crashed out. Luckily thanks to the quick reactions of riders around him they all missed him and his bike as they went across the track avoiding what could have been a nasty accident.
As he did not complete a lap he was unable to secure a time for grid position for the second race and had to start from 13th on the grid. He got a great start and was soon up to seventh, he then took advantage of the safety car to move up to fifth place by lap eight finally finishing in a strong fourth place.
Luke continued his consistent form and despite some bike problems once again secured two top ten finishes with eighth position in race one and a good sixth place in an incident packed race two.
Australian Jed Metcher joined the team to ride the Superbike in the MCE British Superbike Championship. Jed has never riden at Oulton Park so was dropped in at the deep end. He had a solid weekend though achieving 17th, 19th and 21st places in the three Superbike races.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " We did struggle a little this weekend in the Supersport class and are not quite matching the pace of the front runners but are working hard to amend that.
I am really pleased with how well Jed settled in to riding our Superbike considering he has never riden at Oulton Park before. It is a very demanding and physical circuit and despite his lack of track knowledge he dug deep and worked hard, finishing all three races in a creditable position. I am looking forward to working with him for the last three rounds of the Championship.
We will be working hard before the next round at Assen to ensure all the riders have a good weekend there and also for Silverstone and Brands Hatch"
It was a tough weekend at Cadwell Park for the team at round eight of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. Glenn Irwin gained a fifth and seventh, Ben Wison secured a seventh and fifth and Luke Hedger eighth and sixth.
With temperatures rising during qualifying all three riders struggled with grip issues on the hot track. Glenn got a fantastic start from fourth place on the grid and was leading after lap one. The race was red-flagged on lap two and a restart of 10 laps was issued. Glenn got to the line after the warm-up lap and knew he had a problem as he could not select the gears properly and had to nurse the bike home home managing to secure fifth place.
In race two he started from fifth place on the grid but had woken up with flu-like symptoms. He got another good start and was soon up to third place but as the race progressed his energy levels dropped and he had to settle for seventh place.
Ben made huge progress during the practice sessions but struggled with grip in qualifying to start race one in eighth place on the grid. He finished in seventh place having had a suspension problem during the race. He started from seventh place on the grid for race two and was soon up to sixth at the end of the first lap. Unfortunately he had to take evasive action to avoid a stricken rider which meant he lost ground with the leading pack; he still managed to finish in a very creditable fifth place.
Luke once again had another consistent weekend with another two good top ten finishes. He qualified in 10th place for race one finishing in a solid eight place. For race two he started from eighth place on the grid and was soon moving through the field to finish in a creditable sixth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "The team managed to find a good set-up for all three riders during the practice sessions and i really thought we could snatch a couple of podiums. They all struggled with grip issues due to the severe heat in the track during qualifying which caused us to have lower qualifying positions than we had hoped. We seemed to be troubled with a bit of bad luck in race one with Glenn and Ben having a couple of problems, both still fought to achieve some solid points.
Glenn sadly woke on ill on Sunday morning and this really did have an impact on his performance in race two, we hope is fully fit for Oulton Park. Ben was making good progress until he had to swerve to avoid a fallen rider which stopped him from catching the leading pack. Luke had another good weekend, his times were consistently fast and he is improving everytime he goes out on a Gearlink Kawasaki.
Hopefully our luck will improve and we can get back on the rostrum again before the end of the season."
6 August 2015
It was a steady weekend for the team at the Thruxton round of the Motorpoint Brtish Supersport Championship. Glenn Irwin was sixth in race one and fourth in race two. Luke Hedger gained a seventh and fifth with Ben Wilson eighth and seventh.
The team worked hard throughout practice and qualifying to find a suitable set-up for the extremely fast and bumpy circuit. Luke was the quickest Gearlink Kawasaki rider in qualifying being placed sixth on the grid for race one with Glenn seventh and Ben tenth.
Glenn got a good start and was up to sixth after lap one and despite several changes of position was just beaten on the line to finish sixth. For race two he was locked for the entire race in a battle for a podium place to finish in a great fourth place.
Luke again was riding consistently well and despite a poor start in race one he set some strong lap times in the closing stages of the race to secure seventh. He started on the grid for race two in fifth place and was involved in the same battle as Glenn to finally finish in a creditable fifth place.
Ben struggled to find a suitable set-up only managing to qualify for race one in tenth place on the grid. He got one of his usual fast starts and was soon seventh and locked in a batlle with his two team mates to finish in eighth place. For race two he started from seventh place to finish seventh.
The team had Barry Burrell riding the Superbike for them for the weekend in the MCE British Superbike Championship. Barry has not ridden much this season so it was a big task but he qualified well in 24th place finishing race one in 18th and race two in 21st place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We struggled with set-up all weekend on the Supersport bikes but managed to get it right for race two and had to use the first race as data set-up. It has been a tough and frustrating weekend for all the riders but it was good to see some decent results for the second race. We know what we need to do to move forwards and we will be working hard before the nect meeting at Cadwell Park to make some changes and get back up at the front.
It was a big ask for Barry to step in like he did this weekend and he worked hard on the bike and finished both races. He already has other committments for Cadwell Park weekend so is unable to re-join us there."
26 July 2015
It was a varied weekend for the team at round six of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch. Glenn Irwin crashed out in race one due to a bike problem and struggled to eighth in the second race. Ben Wilson was looking at two finishes and was seventh and ninth. Luke Hedger had the strongest weekend finishing in sixth and seventh places.
Glenn was out to defend his championship lead and looked strong throughout practice and qualifying managing to put the bike on the front row for race one. He got a strong start and was in second place after lap one when the bike suddenly locked up and he crashed out. He was ninth on the grid for race two and by lap two had moved up to fourth but started to have a problem with the front end of the bike forcing him to nurse the bike home to eighth place. He is now in third place in the championship.
Ben who had been struggling at previous meetings was determined to have a good weekend with some solid finishes. He rode a good race in race one to finish in seventh place and in race two finished in ninth to gain some solid points for the weekend.
Luke made good progress all weekend, qualifying in ninth place for race one finally finishing in a strong sixth position. He was in fourth place on the grid for race two and managed to recover from a poor start to finish in seventh place. Despite missing the first two round of the championship he has now moved up to ninth place overall and eager to continue to climb up further for the remainder of the year.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship Michael Rutter had a tough weekend. He qualified in 22nd place but unfortunately crashed out in race one and was forced to retire in race two.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a difficult weekend for the team. Glenn came here to try to defend his Championship lead and due to a bike problem crashed out for we must take the blame. In race two a problem with the front end meant the bike kept trying to tuck in on him but he managed to nurse the bike home securing some Championship points.
Ben's aim was to finish two races with some Championship points and that is what he did. The pace has certainly upped this year and he has had to adapt his riding style since he last raced in the Championship. He is working hard and is putting so much effort in that i hope the results will start to come.
Luke was our best and highest placed Gearlink Kawasaki rider all weekend setting consistent lap times and securing some strong results for the team. He has worked round any problems and raced two good races and deserved the positions he gained.
We maybe went round in circles with Michael this weekend on the Superbike and did not quite get the set-up he needed but we hope to make some improvements for the next meeting at Thruxton."
16 July 2015
It was another successful weekend for the team at the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Knockhill. Glenn Irwin had a fantastic weekend taking a win in the Sprint race and a solid third place in the feature race. Luke Hedger on the satellite team gained good points with sixth and eighth places respectively. Ben Wilson was unfortunate to crash out of both races.
Glenn worked hard all weekend and was able to qualify for the sprint race in fourth place despite a long delay due to adverse weather conditions. For the race he got a fantastic start and by lap three he was in front and managed to hold off several challenges to take his second consecutive win. For race two he started from second place on the grid and was soon leading the race. The safety car was deployed on lap 10 as a result of his team mate, Ben Wilson, crashing out heavily. When the car returned to the pits he was then involved in a close fought battle finally finishing on the podium in third place.
Ben Wilson was having a good weekend with his practice and qualifying times saw him running near the front again. He qualified in sixth place for race one, had a great start but caught the rear wheel of another rider crashing out.
Luke Hedger on the satellite team had another consistent weekend with a solid sixth place in race one. For race two he had a problem on the out-lap having to pull in to pit lane. The team worked hard to get him back out where he started from pit lane, dug deep and finished in a creditable eighth place.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship Michael Rutter returned to the team and made some more improvements to the bike qualifying in 20th place. He had a great first race managing to get the team their first superbike points this year securing 13th place. In mixed conditions for race two he finished in 18th place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " It was another mixed weekend for the team but certainly a much better weekend in development of the Supersport bikes.
Glenn had a fantastic weekend with his win in race one and a podium in race two and we are now leading the championship albeit by one point. Glenn was on a high all weekend and we knew he would go well. He has the hunger and is also riding superbly in all the sessions. We have made some good progress with the bike and hope this will continue for the rest of the year allowing Glenn to keep fighting for the title.
It was another tough weekend for Ben crashing out of both races, he is trying so hard for a result and is maybe pushing a little too hard. He had a big off in the second race and will undergo further scans to assess any damage and we hope to see him back for the next meeting at Brands fighting for a podium.
Luke did not race at Knockhill last year as he was injured but once again gained a couple of very solid results and points. Gaining eighth place from pit lane was a great result and his times were fast, he is certainly making good progress.
Michael secured our first points this season on the superbike and his input has been invaluable in the continued development of the bike"
24 June 2015
The team experienced the highs and lows of racing in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at the Snetterton 300 circuit. Glenn Irwin came from pit lane in race one to score a fantastic fifth place and then gained his first win of the season in race two. Ben Wilson was plagued with technical issues throughout the weekend and crashed out in both races. Luke Hedger riding the satellite Gearlink Kawasaki bike was sixth in race one and secured his first ever podium with third in race two.
Glenn Irwin pushed hard all weekend and was fourth in the qualifying session for race one. Unfortunately after a brief rain shower Glenn got caught out on the sighting lap and ended up crashing and having to start the race from pit lane. He rode an incredible race and quickly moved up to 14th place after just one lap. He continued to move through the field to achieve a great fifth place.
For race two he started fifth on the grid and got a good start, sitting in third place for most of the race. However, on the last lap the two leading riders had a coming together handing Glenn the win.
Ben Wilson had a weekend to forget. His bike had technical issues throughout practice and the team were unable to fix them for qualifying forcing Ben to start race one from the back of the grid. He got his usual good start but got caught up with the first lap melee and crashed out. For race two he again started from the back of the grid but managed to fight his way through to eighth place before crashing out.
Luke Hedger was running the Gearlink Kawasaki colours but as a satellite team, he had a very strong and consistent weekend. He qualified in sixth place for race one and finished in that position. For race two he started from sixth place again and worked his way up to fifth and after the incident with the front runners he picked up his first Supersport podium with a third place.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship the team took on Victor Cox to ride the Kawasaki ZX-10R after Michael Rutter sat out the weekend after racing at the TT.
Victor made improvements all weekend lowering his times in each session. He was riding well in the first race moving up to 22nd place when on the final lap on the last corner he was taken off track by a fellow rider. In race two he started form 29th place to finish in a solid 22nd place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a really tough weekend for us up to race two in the Supersport class. We were marred with small problems all weekend with both Ben and Glenn, Glenn missed a practice session and Ben missed all of qualifying.
Glenn rode an exceptional race in race one to finish fifth and Luke rode a strong race to finish in sixth place.
We made some big changes for race two on both bikes and it was certainly a step in the right direction for us. We know we were lucky to get the win but we will take it as it is something we really needed as a team for a confidence boost and it was just reward for Glenns hard work. Luke rode another fantastic race and we are really pleased he was able to secure his first podium. Poor Ben was riding so well and he was unfortunate to crash out.
Victor chipped away all weekend and began to find a good balance for race day. It is difficult for a new rider to make progress instantly as everyone has a different riding style."
14 May 2015
Despite gaining another podium it was an unlucky weekend for the team. Glenn Irwin secured second and fourth places respectively; Ben Wilson was unfortunate to get caught up in a crash in the sprint race and was sixth in race two. Luke Hedger re-joined the team for the weekend with a sixth place in race one but had a technical problem in race two.
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship the team took on a big task for the weekend running three riders with Glenn, Ben and Luke. The three riders rode well all weekend and despite Luke not getting any testing before the weekend made good progress in every session.
Glenn looked strong all weekend and put in a good qualifying time to put himself on the front row for race one. He got a good start moving up to second position and was pushing the leader for the entire race and poised to make a pass for the lead when the race was red flagged; however, he was happy to gain second. In race two he was again on the pace and led for several laps until the safety car was sent out. The race became a four lap dash to the line with four riders all in contention, unfortunately Glenn had to take evasive action to avoid another rider resulting in a loss of time dropping him down to fourth missing out on what was likely to be another podium for him.
Ben Wilson found a good set up during practice and qualifying at one of his favourite circuits putting himself eighth on the grid for race one. As usual he had a great start and was soon into sixth place and locked in a battle for a podium place, however, two riders crashed in front of him and he had no option but to crash out. In race two he started from seventh place but the starting lights got stuck which resulted in a burnt out clutch and him nursing the bike round but still able to gain a strong sixth place.
Luke returned to the team on the bike he rode in 2014. He improved all weekend and started race one in 11th place. He steadily made good progress through the field to gain a very good sixth position. For race two he was placed ninth on the grid but unfortunately had to retire on the second warm up lap with a technical problem.
It was the second race meeting for Michael Rutter riding the Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R in the MCE British Superbike Championship. Michael is keen to develop the bike for the team and made huge steps forward, the highlight being Michael sitting in fourth place in the wet practice session. In race one he got a good start consistently improving his lap times finishing in 22nd place. He had to retire early in race two with electrical problems.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a disappointing weekend as it started so well and did not get the results that i felt we deserved. All three Supersport riders were showing promise and i really thought Glenn might be able to take a win, he came close but a few incidents prevented that. Ben was unlucky to be involved in a crash and there was no way he could avoid it and he was looking like the old Ben once again. In the second race he burnt the clutch with the two race starts so to finish sixh was really good considering. We welcomed Luke back into the team and he started off with us how he left it last year. I'm really pleased with his first race position considering he has not ridden since Brands Hatch 2014. We had a problem with the bike just after the first race and thought we had fixed it but it reoccurred for race two.
Michael Rutter was once again a great asset and we are learning so much working with him, the results are not showing yet but his times certainly are. We are continuing to move forward with the ZX-10R and making positive progress.
We are taking the team to the NorthWest 200 next and hoping for a good result for us."
21 April 2015
The team had another solid round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch. Glenn Irwin secured a second podium of the Championship so far with second and fourth places respectively, his team mate Ben Wilson gained two sixth places.
Glenn was riding well all weekend and following a strong qualifying was second on the grid for the first race. A lightning start saw him gain the hole-shot but eventually had to settle for a tightly fought second place, fending off the third place rider by just 0.1 second.
For race two Glenn was third on the grid and again got a great start and led for the first three laps and was locked in a four way battle eventually having to settle for fourth place, he is now fourth in the Championship.
Ben Wilson is still playing catch up following his year in the Superbike class and is taking a little longer than planned to find his rhythm on the Kawasaki ZX-6R. He pushed hard all weekend improving his times in each session. Qualifying times were so close that despite being only 0.8 second off pole he qualified in 13th place. He got one of his brilliant starts in race one moving up to seventh place in lap one eventually finishing a creditable sixth.
In the second race he started from eighth place on the grid and soon moved up to sixth in lap one and was locked in a four bike battle but still managed to finish in a solid sixth place.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship, Gearlink Kawasaki gained the services of the extremely talented and experienced Michael Rutter to ride the Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike. Michael has had many years riding at Superbike level and was eager to help the team improve the bike. As the weekend progressed he drastically cut his lap times and made huge steps forward despite no previous experience on the bike. He qualified in 24th place for the first race but had to pull into the pits with a small technical problem. For the second race he finished in 27th place.
Team Manager Michael De Bidaph - "It was a pleasure to have Michael Rutter in the team this weekend. He brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team, he had never ridden the bike before and we knew it would be a tough weekend for him. We made several changes to suit his style and managed to finish the second race with him feeling much more confident on the bike. His input to the team this weekend was invaluable and i would personally like to thank him for that, he was a huge asset to the the team. We hope he will ride again for us in the next race at Oulton Park to further develop the bike but we know his main priority is the North West 200 and the TT.
We worked really hard on the Supersport machines and had a much better set-up here than at Donington but we know we must improve the speed of the bikes. The Yamaha and Triumph's are super quick and we know we have to do something to ensure that we can stay with them during the races. Glenn's results were not what he and the team wanted but he could not have tried any harder. Ben is not where he wants to be yet but as the season progresses his form will improve."
15 April 2015
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph -
"After the totally unexpected decision by Joe Burns to leave the team, at Donington Park, we are thrilled to announce that we will have Michael Rutter on board the Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike at the next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.
Michael and the team know that it will be extremely tough as Michael has not yet tested the Superbike. There will be total commitment from Michael Rutter, myself and the whole team and very much look forward to working with Michael and hope that our association will continue throughout the 2015 season."
Gearlink Kawasaki had a solid start to the 2015 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at the opening round at Donington Park.
Glenn Irwin was suffering with low energy levels following a bout of flu prior to the first race, He still managed to qualify on the second row in fourth place for the first race and following a restart due to a red flag he got the hole-shot to finish in a very creditable third place.
In race two Glenn started from fifth place on the grid and held that position for the opening five laps of the race. He then passed his team mate Ben Wilson to move through to fourth and despite challenging for third place had to settle for fourth.
Ben Wilson had to adapt to a Supersport bike again having spent last season on the Superbike. Ben and the team worked hard all weekend to get the bike set up as he likes it. He qualified in ninth place for the first race and in the restart got a great start but was struggling to find grip and finally finished in sixth place.
In race two Ben got another great start and was up to second place after the first lap but despite his best efforts finished like race one in sixth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a mixed weekend for us in the Supersport class and we have not performed how we would have liked to. Both bikes were purchased brand new over the winter and we do not have enough miles on them to get everything bedded in nicely.We know we have a lot of work to do before the next round at Brands Hatch but know it is possible to sort the issues out.
We knew this year would be tough in this class and we have to be up to speed as soon as possible with both Ben and Glenn. We will work hard to ensure we can give them the best possible package for the remaining rounds as we know both are capable of podiums and expect to be there or thereabouts at the next races.
Joe Burns and Gearlink Kawasaki have amicably parted company after Donington Park."
19 January 2015
We are delighted to announce that 22 year old Joe Burns will race in the MCE British Superbike Championship on board the Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R. He will join Ben Wilson and Glenn Irwin who will be riding Kawasaki ZX-6R's in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship.
Joe is very familiar with the ZX-10R having competed on one in the National Superstock Championship for the past four years; Joe finished joint seventh in 2014.
Michael de Bidaph - Team Principal - "Having been in talks with various riders over the past couple of months, with no advancement, I approached Joe and after a meeting am delighted to have signed Joe to ride the Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike for the BSB 2015 season. I feel that Joe's approach and commitment to racing will fit in with the Gearlink Kawasaki team's ethos."
Joe Burns - "I'm elated to have signed for the Gearlink Kawasaki squad; i have known Michael,Norma and some of the other members of the team for many years now. I have always been impressed by the outfit they run. I believe the package is as strong as that of any other teams and i can't wait to get working on the track."
3 November 2014
It was a fantastic weekend for the team at the Sunflower Trophy meeting promoted by Hillsborough and District Motorcycle Club Ltd. which took place on October 24th/25th at the Bishopscourt Race Circuit, Northern Ireland. Glenn Irwin was totally dominant in both Supersport races winning both and gaining a new lap record. Ben Wilson, in his first outing in 2014 on the Kawasaki ZX6R, finished in a great third place in the first race followed by an even better second place in race two.
Glenn was unfortunate to crash out whilst leading the Sunflower Trophy feature race but Ben finished in a excellent second place. Additionally, Ben took two second places in the Superbike races. Glenn also won both Supertwin races for VRS Kawasaki and was awarded a well deserved "Man of the Meeting".
The team is delighted to announce that we have re-signed Ben Wilson and Glenn Irwin to compete in the 2015 British Supersport Championship. Ben, following time spent on his beloved Kawasaki ZX6R at the Sunflower Trophy Meeting decided, with the full support of the team, he would like to return to the British Supersport series as he feels he has unfinished business.
Ben Wilson - "After a difficult year on the Superbike i enjoyed getting back on the Kawasaki ZX6R for the Sunflower Trophy meeting and would like to thank Michael and Norma once again for giving me the opportunity to get back on my 600cc machine. I am looking forward to contesting the 2015 Britiish Supersport Championship and getting back to a front running position."
Glenn Irwin - "I am over the moon to have re-signed and feel that i have all the ingredients to make a strong Championship challenge. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Michael and Norma plus the entire Gearlink Kawasaki team. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors for all their help and support and to all my fans for having faith in me".
Michael de Bidaph, Team Principal - "It has been a great year for Glenn and he has worked really hard to achieve his five wins and three podiums so am delighted that he will stay with the team and go onto even more success in 2015.
Whilst we had so much interest from many talented riders for the second Supersport ride, Ben has been an integral part of the team, getting our very first win in 2009. Ben and i have a very special realtionship, which is seldom found in any race team; it is only natural that i want Ben to be happy in the class that he will be riding in.
I will be in discussion with potential riders for the Superbike for the 2015 season so i can be contacted on my mobile;- 07900 570900 for more information about the ride".
24 October 2014
It was another brilliant weekend for the team in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship season finale at Brands Hatch. Glenn Irwin took a fantastic victory in race one with Luke Hedger in a great fourth place. In the second and final race of the year Glenn took second with Luke in sixth.
The young pair were riding superbly well all weekend with both riders securing front row positions following a damp qualifying session.
Both got off to strong start in race one with Glenn and Alastair Seeley dicing for the lead throughout the race with Glenn managing to take Alastair on the eighth lap to go on and take his fifth win of the season. Luke continued his good form in recent races to take a well deserved fourth place, his best result of the season.
In the second race Glenn started from third place on the grid with Luke fourth. Luke had to avoid a crash on the opening lap which dropped him back to seventh but fought hard to get up to fourth place eventually finishing in sixth. Glenn soon got to the front and again was battling with Alastair for the lead and this time had to settle for a great second place.
It was a mixed weekend for Ben Wilson in the MCE British Superbike Championship. He had a good first race finishing in 12th place having started from 18th on the grid but sadly a power problem forced him out of race two and in race three he finished 17th.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It has been a great finish to the season in the Supersport class for the Gearlink Kawasaki team and our riders Glenn and Luke. Both were up at the front all weekend, during the practice and qualifying sessions. Glenn worked really hard to take the win in the first race and Luke rode extremely well to take his best ever position in this class.
In the second race Glenn again fought hard in a great race to finish on the podium in second place. Luke was in the mix but was suffering from arm-pump in the closing stages of the race.
We have achieved more in Supersport than we though this year as we took on two young new riders in the Championship and the results have shown how hard they have worked with Glenn really upping his game this season.
The results in the Superbike class have sadly not been where we would have wanted to be albeit in our first year in this class, we had a power issue in the second and third races but it was not meant to be.
I would like to thank everyone involved in the the Gearlink Kawasaki team for all their hard work and dedication this year. I must also say a special thank you to TTS Surfacing Ltd and KMUK for all their support and committment to us as well as our sponsors and fans."
6 October 2014
The weekend ended on a high for the team in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Silverstone. Glenn Irwin was battling for the win in the first race when a technical problem forced him to retire in the latter part of the race. The second race was thrilling with Glenn finally taking victory in a hard fought race. Luke Hedger made huge progress throughout the weekend finishing in 10th and eighth places respectively.
Glenn was consistently near the top of the time sheets throughout the weekend. Heavy rain on Saturday morning delayed proceedings but when qualifying got underway Glenn achieved a fantastic pole position in tricky conditions for the first race. Conditions were still not ideal but he got a great start and was soon in a tight battle for the lead until he was forced to retire.
Having started from second place on the grid for the second race, Glenn got a fantastic start and moved into a commanding lead for the early laps posting lap times that were consistently within lap record pace. It then became a four way battle with Glenn working hard to take a stunning victory by just 0.4 seconds.
Luke struggled in the wet conditions during qualifying placing himself in 17th position on the grid for the first race. He got a great start working himself through the field to finish in a strong 10th place. However, he achieved the third fastest lap time placing himself, for the first time, on the front row of the grid in third place for the second race. He rode exceptionally well, gained a superb start and was second after lap one and involved in a number of battles to finish in a great eight place just behind the Championship leader.
It was another tough weekend for Ben Wilson in the MCE British Superbike Championship. In the wet practice session he had to close the throttle to avoid a slower rider and then as he got back on the throttle he high sided over the bars. After the warm-up session the next day he was taken to hospital for a CT scan where he was diagnosed with concussion and needs to rest for a few days.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm so pleased for the two Supesport riders this weekend. Glenn has been strong in all the sessions, practice and qualifying, put in on pole and certainly showed his ability and potential to take the race win. Unfortunatley a mechanical/electrical problem occurred which caused Glenn to lose power forcing him to withdraw from the race.
Luke struggled during the practice sessions and lost out in qualifying with the poor weather conditions but rode really well in the race to secure a front row position on the grid for the second race. He rode a fantastic race which was amazing to watch.
What Glenn did was just brilliant, he controlled the race from start to finish and his maturity and development this season really shone through. He has proved now he can race well and win in the dry and wet conditions, we are really proud of the progress he has made this season. They were both on good form and i am so pleased with the results they have achieved this weekend.
In the Superbike class i really believe this weekend could have been better and Ben would have gone well in the mixed qualifying conditions but he was not 100% after the crash in free practice three. He was not feeling well on Sunday morning so we took him down to the hospital where he underwent a CT scan, he was diagnosed with concussion and a slight bruising behind the eye."
29 September 2014
The team had a varied weekend in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at the TT Circuit Assen. Glenn Irwin had a great fourth place in the the sprint race but was unlucky to crash out in the second race. Luke Hedger had a tough weekend with a wrong tyre choice in race one but rode well to achieve 10th place in race two.
Glenn rode well all weekend and consistently set good lap times. He qualified in seventh place for race one but tyre selection proved difficult as a result of a heavy rain shower which left the track wet in some places and dry in others. He opted for full wets and got an amazing start moving into second place, unfortunately the leading bike crashed with Glenn having to take evasive action which put him back to 14th place after lap one. However, he pushed his way through the pack and by lap seven was back in second place but in the closing stages was struggling for grip finishing in a very creditable fourth place.
He was placed in ninth place on the grid for race two and was locked in an amazing five bike battle for the lead but sadly crashed out going into the final chicane fighting for a podium place.
Luke struggled to find a good set up having never ridden a Supersport machine at Assen before and when the heavy rain shower occurred just before the race the wrong tyre selection meant he finished in 20th place. As a result he was placed in 30th position on the grid for race two but got a fantastic start and was 14th after the opening lap and continued to push hard to finish in a very worthy 10th place.
Ben Wilson had another challenging weekend having no prior set up data but managing to qualify in 23rd place in wet conditions for race one. He got a fantastic start and moved through the field to seventh place by the end of the first lap. However, as the track began to dry he slipped back to 16th place finally finishing in a very solid 13th place. Sadly in race two he was forced to retire as he was caught up in a first lap incident which did some damage to his bike.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "Whilst it has been a tough weekend, all three riders did their best in the changing weather conditions. Ben had some consistent pace in race one but suffered lack of grip in the wet so finishing in 13th place was a good result as he managed to secure some points. He was unfortunate in the second race to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Glenn and Luke showed promise over the weekend and in the sprint race it was always going to be a gamble on tyre choice. In race two Glenn was fighting throughout the whole race to secure a podium place and was unlucky to make a mistake on the last lap and crash out. Luke's result was really good in race two considering he started off so far back on the grid."
17 September 2014
The team had a strong weekend at the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Donington Park.
Glenn Irwin had a superb win in the Sprint Race followed by a solid fifth place in the second race. Luke Hedger had a mixed weekend with a brilliant fifth place in race one but unfortunately crashed out in race two.
Team Manager Michael de BIdaph - "There is not much I can say about the Superbike with a retirement in race one with a technical problem and 19th in race two. We are working so hard and will continue to do so to get some good results.
Both British Supersport riders were brilliant all weekend and I am proud of Glenn in taking his first win in the dry. Luke battling with the Championship leader was fantastic, he has come on massively this season. We are looking forward to taking the Gearlink Kawasaki team to the next meeting at Assen".
26 August 2014
It was a good weekend for the team in both the Motorpoint British Supersport and the MCE British Superbike Championships. Glenn Irwin followed up his fourth place in the first race with a win in the second of the two Supersport races and Luke Hedger featured strongly in both races. Ben Wilson also gained solid points finishing in 12th and ninth places respectively in the Superbike class.
Glenn was having a solid weekend qualifying the Gearlink Kawasaki in ninth place despite only managing to complete six laps due to a technical problem. He dug deep in race one and battled his way through to finish in a strong fourth place. Again he was ninth on the grid for a wet race two but had an amazing start going to fourth place by the end of lap one. He took the lead in lap three and from there kept increasing it and by the penultimate lap he was 4.5 seconds in front taking a great win in very difficult conditions.
Luke continued his fine form running some good consistent race times. He had his best qualifying position so far achieving sixth place on the grid for race one eventually finishing in a strong seventh place. For the second race he struggled at the start but was making progress when he unfortunately crashed out in the very tricky conditions.
The team had made some major changes to the Superbike and this resulted in a significant improvement compared to the disappointment experienced at previous rounds. Ben finished in 13th place in the first qualifying session but unfortunately a small tyre issue prevented him from achieving better than 18th place on the grid for race one. He got a solid start moving to 16th place and was seeing his lap times improving each lap until the race was red flagged with Ben ifinishing in a good 12th place. For race two he was placed in 15th position on the grid for what was declared a wet race. He got a fantastic start and was in 10th place by the end of the opening lap finally finishing in a great ninth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We have made some big changes with the Superbike and they appear to be working which is a huge relief. Qualifying went well for Ben and we are pleased to be back on the grid with a bike that can now finish in the top 15. I am happy with the base setting we have now and with more work and continued improvement the results form Ben should start coming back. It has been a tough few months and a steep learning curve for us but with the results achieved here then hopefully it will give Ben more confidence for the remaining rounds.
I am delighted with the results in the Supersport class both riders have ridden really well and Glenn rewarded with a win in horrendous conditions. Luke and Glenn have worked hard all weekend and they continue to develop as riders as their lap time and results are proving. Luke was unfortunate to crash in race two on a fast lap but fortunately did not hurt himself. Genn's ride was fantastic and he thouroughly deserved the win, we are really pleased for him and i thank all the Gearlink Kawasaki team for their hard work this weekend"
19 August 2014
The team was determined to achieve some strong results in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park and our riders did not disappoint. Glenn Irwin although unfortunately crashing out on the final lap while going for third place in the first race achieved a fantastic second place in the second race. Luke Hedger took another two solid results with a seventh and an eighth.
Glenn ran strong all weekend qualifying for the first race in sixth place. He got a great start and sat in second place for the first four laps droping back to fifth and then back to fourth. On the final corner of the last lap he saw an opportunity to achieve a podium and decided to go for it but unfortunately it did not work out. Luke had another solid weekend and qualified in eighth place and despite dropping a position fought his way back to achieve seventh.
Following heavy rain the second race was declared wet and again Glenn got a great start in tricky conditions but was soon into the lead and held it for 12 laps befor being passed. He continued his fight with the Championship leader just beating him to finish in a superb second place. Luke had another strong result finishing in eighth place and continues to make good progress in his first season in the class.
It was another difficult weekend for Ben Wilson and the team with the Superbike so it was decided to withdraw the bike from all three races and instead embark on a test and improvement programme before the next meeting at Cadwell Park.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I am really pleased with the two Supersport riders they have really riden well this weekend especially Glenn. He rode a brilliant first race and made a move for third on the last lap that did not pay off but was riding well and trying hard. As race two was wet anything could have happened but he got a strong start to secure a well deserved second place for all the effort he has put in.
Luke continues to progress well and as the season is moving along he is learning, gaining experience and the results are starting to come and by the end of the season he will be up with the leading bunch. He got two very consistent and good results and his lap times continue to improve. I am very happy the way he is settling into a very difficult Championship.
With the Superbike and Ben, it is a very difficult situation for us all, we are not happy with how the bike is working and we will now leave here and ensure that we work hard with testing and improvements to try and get Ben to where he and the team deserves to be and get his confidence back."
4 August 2014
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Glenn Irwin had a solid weekend with a fifth and seventh places respectively and team mate Luke Hedger gained a good 12th and 11th place in the two races.
Free practice was dry but the weather changed dramatically for qualifying and the session was delayed for two hours because of very heavy rain. Glenn secured seventh on the grid with Luke 12th for the first race. The conditions improved and Glenn got a great start and was away with the leading bunch finishing in a good fifth place. Luke also got a good start and was in a close four bike scrap finishing in 12th place.
For race two Glenn was fifth on the grid with Luke moving up to 10th. The race was closely fought with Glenn up with the leading pack and putting in some fast lap times. Unfortunately he had an impact with Billy McConnell which pushed him back a couple of places finally finishing in seventh place. Luke was also locked in his own battle with three other riders finishing in 11th place.
For Ben Wilson it was another difficult weekend with Ben having to retire in race one with a technical issue which also meant he was unable to start race two.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph -" The weekend started quite well with Ben and we were looking into a good set up for him. We changed the yokes and then the bike became unstable and impossible for him to ride. He tried his hardest but did not want to risk damaging the bike or injuring himself so we decided it was better to withdraw from the second Superbike race.
Following further investigation we now feel the frame may be out of alignment which could have been caused by a previous crash, we will look into this before the next race. It is very annoying and frustrating for the team as we would have liked to have made more progress than this at this stage of the season.
The Supersport riders have again ridden well; both Glenn and Luke had two good races. It was disappointing for Glenn that he had the impact with Billy as he was in the leading pack, thankfully he stayed on and got the result he did. Luke had another strong weekend and he is now in a class where the riders are at another level and he is learning new information at every round. We hope that both riders can continue their progress for the next round at Oulton Park and that we can make progress with Ben."
26 July 2014
It was a mixed weekend for the team in the MCE British Superbike Championship with Ben Wilson finishing in 17th and 15th place respectively in the two superbike races. In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Glenn Irwin gained two seventh places respectively with Luke Hedger finishing both races in 10th place.
During the Superbike practice and qualifying sessions Ben struggled with set up and as at earlier meetings having no previous data is proving to be a challenge for the team. Unfortunately there was an issue with the shock just before race one and a mis-fire occurred during race two.
Although only qualifying in 25th place Ben got a fantastic start finally to secure 17th place moving him up the grid for race two to 17th place. After several delays caused by an accident and changing weather conditions race two finally got underway with Ben having a good start before the mis-fire occurred with him having to settle for 15th place.
For the Supersport races Glenn Irwin, now almost recovered from his ankle injury, put in some strong lap times at a track that he has struggled with riding faster than he has in the past. A positive weekend for him with solid points gained.
It was good to see the return of Luke Hedger back on track after his lay-of because of injury. He rode well in both races to gain more points for his Championship.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was another difficult weekend for us in the Superbike class with Ben and really hoped our luck might take a turn for the better. It has been a struggle from start to finish wirth set-up problems. We found a problem with the rear shock just before race one. Once this was sorted Ben's lap times really improved raising him higher on the grid for race two only to suffer with a mis-fire. We thought with the rain it might help Ben but this small problem cost us several places.
It was a good weekend for the Supersport riders this weekend and both have done really well. Glenn was racing at a circuit he does not feel confident on securing two very solid results and achieving some good race times. Luke was a welcome return and to come back and get two strong results from such a long injury was great and we are looking to move them forward at Thruxton"
16 July 2014
It was a challenging weekend for the team at Knockhill. Ben Wilson, in the MCE British Superbike Championship, had a number of issues trying to find the correct set up during the practice and qualifying sessions. This unfortunately placed him in 22nd place on the grid, however, improvements were made and he had a great start working his way up to 11th place but a clutch problem meant that he could only finish in 16th place. Because of a good lap time set in race one he started race two from tenth place on the grid but the same problem with the clutch forced him to abort the race on lap three despite the mechanics working hard between races to solve the problem.
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Glenn Irwin while still recovering from injuries had a solid weekend with tenth place in race one and a strong sixth place in race two. He worked hard all weekend and is now in fifth place in the championship.
Luke Hedger will be back for the next race at Brands Hatch after sustaining a broken radius and ulnar testing at Mallory Park.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm a little disappointed as a team that Ben had the clutch problem he did as i feel that we have let him down. We really struggled to get a good set up in practice and qualifying but in warm-up we made some big changes and it really boosted Ben's confidence and he was really looking forward to the race. He got an amazing start getting through to 11th place and i really beleive he could have moved further up had he not had the clutch problem.
We thought we had fixed the problem for race two but realised when he tried to leave the grid there was a major problem.
Glenn worked hard again all weekend and it was difficult in race one with his qualifying position as it left him a lot of work to do. He made some mistakes but was still able to secure tenth place. Everything is right and he is working well with the team. Glenn has been consistent and rides very well.
It will be really good to get Luke and his family back at Brands, we have missed them all and it will be great to get Luke back on the track."
18 June 2014
It was a mixed weekend for the Gearlink Kawasaki team. Ben Wilson was unfortunate to crash in the MCE British Superbike class in race one but secured a point in race two.
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Glenn Irwin rode two solid races to finish in fifth and sixth places respectively despite riding with a broken ankle. Luke Hedger was unable to race after breaking his arm testing at Mallory Park a few weeks ago. He is hoping to be back and fit for the next meeting at Knockhill.
Ben had a few set up issues over the weekend and lost valuable track time during the practice sessions which the team needs as it is still gathering data for each track we go to. He got through the first Superpole session to achieve 17th place on the grid. He gained a good start but then got tangled up with Michael Rutter on the opening lap and that was his race over. As he did not register a time he had to start race two from the back of the grid in 25th place but worked hard to earn a well earned point scoring position.
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Glenn Irwin rode two very good and mature races to achieve solid points despite riding with a broken ankle sustained in a football match and enduring more pain after a huge crash in qualifying. He is now lying third in the Championship.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "This weekend was quite frustrating in both the Superbike and Supersport classes. I know Glenn will be frustrated with this weekend as he is really working hard to ensure he gets good results for himself and the team and this is very clear to see. We are lacking in speed on the Kawasaki and it was difficult here with such long straights. Last year we had the top end power over the Triumphs and this year they have made further developments and we have not which needs to be addressed. Glenn rode two fantastic races considering the pain he was suffering and we will look into further developing the Supersport bikes.
In the Superbike class we had a number of minor problems in the practice sessions and even though we resolved them it reduced track time to find the perfect set up. With the crash in race one, we lacked vital race set up for the second race and even though Ben worked his way through the pack we would certainly like to be running in the top ten position in the races.
A big thank you to Colin Peabody at Performance Parts for his assistance this weekend, he was a huge help."
7 May 2014
It was tough weekend for the Gearlink Kawasaki team at round two of the MCE British Superbike Championship. Ben Wilson secured 15th and 16th place respectively. In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Glenn Irwin gained a great third place in race one and a solid fifith in race two. Luke Hedger was unfortunate not to finish either race due to technical problems.
Ben struggled all weekend to find a good set up at a track that the team have had no previous data for the Superbike. Because of this Ben lost a lot of time in the opening practice sessions. However, he improved his lap times significantly during both races but had to settle for 15th and 16th places.
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Glenn Irwin had a succesful opening race with a great podium finish in third place. Again he was on the pace in the second race finishing in a solid fifth place placing him second overall in the Championship.
Luke unfortunately struggled with technical problems all weekend failing to finish either race despite showing good pace and improving lap times.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "This weekend has been really tough and things have been bad from start to finish except for Glenn's results. Ben was struggling during all the practice sessions with an instability problem and we lost a lot of precious time trying to fix that. Come race day we still had a few set up issues and race one was ok but in race two we suffered further problems. I am disappointed for Kawasaki Motors UK and all our team sponsors for this weekend and looking forward to improving the situation at Snetterton.
I'm so pleased for Glenn in the Supersport class, he has really matured over the winter and has proved this weekend that he can run at the front with the very experienced Supersport racers. He was riding hard in both races and secured a great podium in the first race and showed in the next race that he can run at the front with some confident passes and moves. He is now in second place in the Championship and if he can remain consistent for the remainder of the year will have a very good season.
With Luke, it was very difficult as something was wrong with the bike that we were unable to find, we believe this was a result of the big crash he had at Brands Hatch. We will completely strip the bike down before Snetterton to find out what was causing the issues this weekend and get him back on track. The times he managed were good and he was placed in good positions before both retirements."
24 April 2014
It was a fantastic weekend at the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship for the Gearlink Kawasaki team. We were making our debut in the British Superbike class with Ben Wilson, and what a debut, with two superb results, fourth in race one and tenth in the second race.
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Glenn Irwin took a fantastic maiden win first time out with the team and a solid fifth place in the second race. Luke Hedger in his first season riding a Supersport bike gained a strong fifth place in his first race but unfortunately crashed out in race two.
For the Gearlink team running the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Superbike ia a brand new experience and with no prevous data for any of the tracks each visit presents a new challenge. Finding the right set up was a struggle during the practice sessions, however, qualifying in the very wet conditions proved to be more positive as Ben went through all three sessions to qualify in a very creditable seventh position on the grid for the first race. In the race he achieved one of his trademark fast starts and by turn one was in third place. Unfortunately, the race was red flagged but in the re run Ben again got off to a flying start before finally finishing in a fantastic fourth place. The second race was more challenging but he still finished in a creditable tenth place. With these two great results Ben is lying sixth in the Championship.
Glenn Irwin in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship rode well all weekend puting the Kawasaki ZX-6R in pole position for the first race. He battled hard in a closely fought race to achieve the team's opening win in the Championship and his first win on a Supersport bike. Luke Hedger rode a great first race to finish in a strong fifth position. It was mixed bag for the second race with Glenn riding a mature race to gain more points finishing in fifth place and securing second place for the team in the Championship. Luke unfortunately crashed out while having another strong race.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was an amazing weekend and an amazing start for us. We had a lot of problems in Superbike testing with Ben so he has not had much track time at all or to get a feeling for the Kawasaki Superbike. As the weekend progressed we, very quickly found a good set up in the dry and in the wet and this showed from the results we were able to achieve in the races. The majority of the credit this weekend goes to Ben, he dug deep and proved what an awesome rider he is to have little testing and still be able to run with the big boys.
The Superport boys had a fantastic weekend also, Glenn rode a very mature first race and we are delighted he was able to take his debut Supersport win on a Gearlink Kawasaki. We knew it would be tough in the second race but he was clever and took some very strong Championship points. Luke has stepped up into Supersport well and his first race result of fifth place was great. He was trying hard in the second race when he was unlucky to crash out but he is ok and was pushing hard.
We are really happy with how things went this weekend and hope it will carry on for the rest of the season. The entire Gearlink team have worked really hard over the winter and especially this weekend and i thank everyone for that including the riders"
29 November 2013
We are excited to announce our plans for the 2014 season which involves the team moving up to the elite MCE British Superbike class with Ben Wilson. Ben who has been a loyal member of the Gearlink Kawasaki squad will now step up to the challenge having contested the Supersport class for five years with the team. We will now be working hard over the winter to prepare the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R for Ben.
We are also delighted to announce that our 2013 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Champion, Luke Hedger, will remain with the team but will move up to the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship for 2014. He will be joined by Irish youngster Glenn Irwin who finished ninth overall in this class in 2013.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I am very excitied about moving up to Superbikes next year especially having Ben on board the bike. I feel the time is right for both the team and Ben to contest the Superbike Championship, but also realise it is a big step and a tough job but one the team is ready to take.
The signing of Luke and Glenn to continue our involvement in the British Supersport Championship for next season, is also an exciting prospect. I feel that whilst British Supersport has proven to be a highly competitive series over the past few years I also feel that, with these two young riders, we can be competing up there with the best."
27 October 2013
It was a hugely emotional weekend for the team at the rain affected final round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. Alastair Seeley rode his heart out despite coming to Brands Hatch with a 19 point deficit. He rode a stunning first race finishing second and went into the final race just four points behind the Championship leader. It was a dramatic last race of the season that was red flagged twice with Alastair awarded third place which meant he was forced to take the runner - up spot in the Championship.
Unfortunately for Ben Wilson he had a huge crash in extremely difficult conditions during qualifying fracturing his lower leg/upper ankle and was declared unfit to take any further part in either race. He was totally devastated at ending the season in the medical centre particularly as this was the first time in almost five years he was unable to compete in a British Supersport round.
The rain fell heavily during qualifying but Alastair managed to achieve sixth place on the grid for the first race. He got a great start and worked his way through the pack to take a solid second place also setting the fastest lap to achieve a well deserved pole position for race two. The final race was red flagged because of rain after the opening lap and the re - run was declared a wet race and shortened. Alastair got another good start but was pushed wide on the back section of the track forcing him back to fourth place. He re-grouped and made his way back to the front. Meanwhile Stuart Easton, the Championship leader, worked his way through the pack and soon he and Alastair were involved in a three way fight for the lead. Unfortunately the race was red flagged and Alastair was placed a close third.
It was a totally different story for the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class as Luke Hedger became the 2013 Superstock Champion in his first season riding a 600 following his 2012 British Motostar Championship crown. Luke was fired up for the weekend and the super talented youngster rode an extremely mature race to bring home the Gearlink Kawasaki in eighth place taking the Championship win by 16 points. His team mate, Mark Wilkinson, struggled in the wet conditions finishing in 21st place but still managed a creditable top ten place in the Championship standings.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " What can i say? I'm massively disappointed not to have won the Supersport Championship again. Alastair could not have done any more this weekend and it was taken away from us with a red flag situation. However, this year has been fantastic and we as a team have constantly been at the front at all the races. Alastair and Ben have been a credit to this team and we have taken so much from it. We will be back next year to try again and one day we will win that Supersport Championship. The Gearlink Kawasaki team would like to wish Ben a speedy recovery.
Luke was superb; he did everything he had to do today to win our second Superstock 600 Championship. He rode a very mature race and did not do anything stupid, we're all really pleased with his Championship title and he took away some of the disappointment from the Supersport result.
Mark made a few mistakes in the opening laps but he has never ridden the bike in a wet race before and up to now has consistently been in the points at every race. He's been an absolute delight to have him in our team; he fitted in really well and rode very hard and was always willing to learn.
I must say a huge thank you to all our very loyal sponsors especially Kawasaki Motors UK, all our product sponsors, our fans and we are just sorry we were unable to repay you with the Supersport Championship but we will keep on trying."
13 October 2013
It was a solid weekend for the team at round 11 of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Silverstone. Alastair Seeley reeled in the points for the Championship title by taking a a win and a third place, he was later dropped to 10th place in the second race due to a penalty for a move on Jason O'Halloran. Ben Wison gained a fifth and a fourth place.
Alastair was back in fine form following his recent injuries and celebrated his 34rd birthday by wearing a stunning new '34' branded Shoei helmet. He had a great opening race taking a fantastic win and narrowed the gap for the Championship lead. In the second race he started from pole position and was locked in a hard scrap in a six lap sprint race following an incident which brought out the safety car. He finished the race in third position but was unfortunately given a ten second penalty when he and Jason O'Halloran came together dropping him to 10th position.
Ben struggled all weekend to get a good set up on his bike but managed to secure fifth on the grid and achieved fifth position in the first race. For race two he started from sixth on the grid and after sitting behind the safety car for a number of laps rode a solid race to finish fifth. He was later promoted to fourth following Alastair's penalty.
It was an unbelievable weekend for Luke Hedger and Mark Wilkinson in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 race. Luke nearly said goodbye to being Championship contender when an engine problem occurred on the opening lap, however, the race was red flagged on that lap and the race rescheduled. The team had one hour to change the engine in Luke's bike and get him back out onto the grid. They did a fantastic job and Luke rewarded them with riding one of the most stunning races this season taking a great win for the team and the Championship lead.
Mark had a mixed weekend and after hitting a wet patch during qualifying was unable to put in a good time then, in the second qualifying session he had a bike problem resulting in just 22nd place on the grid. He rode his heart out in the race securing 14th place and two Champioship points.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "Alastair rode a great first race to take the win and close the gap in the Championship standings, it is good to see him back at the sharp end following his injuries. He also rode a very good second race with the riders clashing paint on most turns, he came together with Jason O'Halloran and later penalised for the move. In my opinion it was a harsh decision and i feel that O'Halloran's strong protest did not help the situation especially as he had caused Alastair to sit up during the race by his aggressive manoeuvres.
Ben was struggling all weekend to find a set up that suited him so it was damage limitaion on a track he has sufferred misfortune in the past. Hopefully he will feel stronger at Brands Hatch and finish the season on a high note.
Luke was the star of the day; he rode his heart out on a bike that had been rebuilt in less than an hour. I must credit my entire Gearlink Kawasaki team for their hard work and dedication in putting Luke out on the track and for him to repay them with a win and the Championship lead was fantastic.
Despite Mark's problems during qualifying he once again pulled it all together in the race and rode fantastically well to secure some more Championship points. He has the right attitude and worked hard for the result and hopefully will have a good result at Brands Hatch."
30 September 2013
Assen did not have a round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship so for the Gearlink Kawasaki team it was round ten of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship that was being contested.
It was a mixed weekend with Alastair Seeley still suffering with healing ribs and Ben Wilson having a clutch problem in race one.
Alastair qualified in tenth place for race one and despite his injuries gained a solid fifth place. He improved his grid position to sixth place for race two finishing in a strong fourth place.
Ben struggled to find a good set up all weekend qualifying for race one in ninth place but a clutch problem saw him drop back through the field. He was seventh on the grid for race two and locked in a tight battle for second place eventually securing a great third place on the podium.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We didn't get a good enough set up in the practice sessions so qualifying did not go as well as we hoped. I feel we achieved a big step forward in race one with Alastair doing well to finish in fifth place but disappointing for Ben to have a clutch problem. A few more changes were made for race two and both riders did a fantastic job to finish in third and fourth positions. Assen is an amazing circuit and the fans are passionate about their motor bike racing. We all had an enjoyable weekend and looking forward to Silverstone."
It was a difficult weekend for both Supersport riders. Ben Wilson gained a strong fourth place in race one but crashed out in race two. Alastair Seeley, riding injured, was able to salvage ninth place in race one and eighth place in race two.
With shocking weather conditions halting most practice sessions, followed by a crash by Ben during qualifying saw him eventually qualify in 14th place. Despite this he rode a fantastic race to finish in a strong fourth place. He qualified in sixth place for race two but crashed out fortunately uninjured.
Following his big crash at Cadwell Park, Alastair crashed heavily during practice aggravating his already sore injuries. He re-injured his infected arm and ribs additionally sustaining a back strain. Despite this he qualified in a brave ninth place for the opening race, finishing in ninth. For race two he qualified in tenth finishing in eighth place.
It was a different story for the two Pirelli National Superstock 600 riders with both Luke Hedger and Mark Wilkinson having a good weekend. Luke qualified in second position and finished on the podium in a great second place. Mark was locked in a tight battle finishing in fifth place, his best result of the season so far.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was bad weekend as far as the Supersport class is concerned. Ben rode his heart out all weekend and was desperate to bring home a good result for us, it was just a shame about his qualifying crash. He rode well to get fourth in the first race and then missed a gear in race two and crashed out. Alastair's crash in practice set him back and sadly he was unable to ride to his full potential slipping back to second in the Championship despite a healthy lead before Cadwell.
The stock 600 riders really did ride well this weekend and fully desrved their results. Luke bounced back from his crash at Cadwell to gain another podium and Mark once again showed his form to gain fifth place. Both riders are working very hard and getting good results, they are both capable of podiums and hope to end this year on a high note."
30 August 2013
The team had a mixed weekend in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship with Ben Wilson taking a stunning first and second place in the two Supersport races. It was a different story for Alastair Seeley who crashed out heavily in race one and feeling second hand for race two was able to salvage a creditable eighth place.
Ben had a great outing at his local circuit gaining a comfortable pole position for race one and dominated that race to achieve a fantastic win. For race two he was eager to get to the front and by the end of the opening lap was in the lead until the final stages when tyre wear became an issue but still managed a fantastic second place and another podium.
Alastair was going well in practice and qualifying placing himself on the front row for race one. He had a great start and sat in second place behind Ben but crashed heavily on lap five and was taken to the medical centre. Despite being badly bruised and suffering a cracked rib he started race two. The pain finally got to him but he still managed to achieve a brave eighth place for some valuable points to retain the Championship lead.
It was a mixed weekend for the two Pirelli National Superstock 600 riders. Luke Hedger having qualified on the front row in second place had a bad start and crashed out on the first lap, fortunately uninjured. Mark Wilkinson struggled over the weekend but improved his lap times in every session, qualifying in 21st place. He continued to improve in the race finishing in a fantastic 13th place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "All in all the weekend has been pretty good for the team. We're disappointed for Alastair and i hate seeing one of my riders injured. He worked hard all weekend and despited his injuries got some good points for the Championship.
Ben was brilliant all weekend and realy deserved the results especially more so at his local round. We took a gamble with the tyre choice for race two which caused a few problems towards the closing stages but it was a choice we decided to go with.
It was unfortunate that Luke came off but he still has a lot to learn but i know he will bounce back at Donnington.
Mark was lacking a bit of confidence coming here so for him to gain some points was great. He worked hard all weekend and even his race times improved from his previous sessions so i am confident he will be back up near the top end of the pack for the remaining rounds.
16 August 2013
The team had another fantastic weekend in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship with Alastair Seeley stretching his Championship lead to 47 points gaining second place in race one and a superb win in race two. Ben Wilson had a mixed weekend with a third place in race one but was unfortunate to suffer a mechanical problem in race two.
Once again the two Supersport races were closely fought with the top four separated by just 1.4 seconds in race one and the top eight split by 1.8 seconds in race two. Alastair finished just 0.8 seconds behind the leader in race one and then went one better in a very competitive race two to achieve a great win. Ben was involved in a great battle in race one achieving a solid podium. He was looking to improve in race two but a mechanical fault occurred on lap 12 when he was in fourth place forcing him to retire.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, Luke Hedger continued his great form with a stunning second consecutive win. He took the lead from the start and despite several challenges maintained his lead on every lap to the finish. Mark Wilkinson managed to gain 14th place after qualifying in 20th place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " It has been another brilliant weekend for the team with two wins from Alastair and Luke is just a great achievement and a credit to the entire Gearlink Kawasaki team. We were up there all weekend with Alastair and Ben and the first race was a great result with two podiums and a win in the second race.
Alastair rode a very mature race in race two and despite dropping back to fourth he was always in contention and put in some great passes to get back to the front and take the win. He has a good lead in the Championship but we are only half way through the season so it is important to stay focused and continue to gain strong results.
I am really disappointed for Ben as he showed good pace all weekend and was running in a good position when he sufferred a bike problem. He has had his share of bad luck this season so we will make sure we can do everything we can to ensure he has good results at Cadwell Park.
Luke once again proved his maturity and despite being locked in a tight battle he was not fazed and kept his head down to take another great win for the team. Mark was feeling a bit uncomfortable coming here as it is a track he has struggled with but he improved all weekend, worked hard and pushed his way through to gain more Championship points in a solid ride."
25 July 2013
It was another great weekend for the team in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. Alastair Seeley secured a second place in race one and a stunning race victory in race two. Ben Wilson gained a third and fourth place in these tough races.
Alastair was on form on a track he has been particularly strong at in previous years and was on the front row in fourth position for the opening ten lap race. He got a strong start and was up to second by lap three. He was locked in a tight battle for the lead for the remainder of the race just missing out on the win by 0.1 second. The second race was just as compelling and in one of the most thrilling Supersport races of recent years he he took a fantastic win by just 0.004 sec.
Ben also had a solid weekend and despite only starting form eighth position on the grid in race one he managed to force his way through to finish with a great podium in third place. He got one of his fantastic starts in the second race and soon was in the lead but a grip problem saw his lap times slow eventually finishing in a creditable fourth place.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, Luke Hedger finally got the win he so deserves. Luke who has been poised for a win at previous races worked hard all weekend and despite a steady start he worked his way through a tough pack for a fantasic first win in this class. Mark Wilkinson continued his good form and equalled his best race performance finishing in sixth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " I'm really once again very pleased with the results we have had in both classes this weekend. They all had bad practise and qualifying sessions and this thankfully was all turned around on race day and we gained some brilliant results.
Alastair once again had a great weekend and leads the Championship by 40 points, he is riding consistently well and keeps plugging away with podiums and wins. Despite his off track experience in the second race he was able to re-group and make the pass for a fantastic win.
Ben was struggling all weekend with gearing set -up and in race two with grip issues, despite this he was still able to get two solid results and holds third in the standings.
In the Superstock 600 we knew the win for Luke would be coming soon so we were really pleased it came this weekend, he has been riding exceptionally well in every round and is making very quick progress in his first season in this Championship. Mark is also a brilliant rider and this is showing in the short time he has been with the team. They work well together and i am sure there is more to come from both of them.
We have a great team now and the results are showing that all the hard work, dedication and commitment by everyone in the team, the riders, mechanics and sponsors is all becoming very worthwhile."
12 July 2013
It was another fantastic weekend for the team. Alastair Seeley this time took the double win in both Motorpoint British Supersport races with Ben Wilson gaining third and second places.
Alastair was in great form on a track that he has been particularly strong at in previous years. He set ultra quick lap times during practice putting him in a comfortable pole position. He led from the start in race one taking the win by a great 5.3 seconds. In race two he took the lead on lap two winning this time by 3.7 seconds regaining his lead in the Championship.
Ben also had another great weekend and is now third in the Championship. He made a strong start with Alastair in race one but the bike sufferred a technical problem but he managed to nurse it home for a good third place. Despite setting some fast lap times in race two he was unable to reel Alastair in and finished in a strong second place.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class it was another awesome weekend for Luke Hedger who had his first pole position and then secured another second place promoting him to second in the Championship. Mark Wilkinson continued his good form achieving his best qualifying position and again finishing in his best position of sixth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm really pleased again with the results that we have secured and with Alastair back leading the Championship and Ben up to third the team are very happy. Alastair was on form all weekend and he does love Snetterton and holds the lap record here. The test was really useful and from the offset they were both riding well. Ben was unfortunate in race one with a small bike problem causing him to miss out on a potential second place but two wins and two podiums in such a difficult class is a great achievement for us. Luke had another really good weekend, he's disappointed having been strong all weekend not to get the race win. He still rode a fantastic race and for his rookie year in this tough championship is doing a great job for the team. Mark continues to settle well into the team and is improving every race. This is only his third race for the team so we are really pleased with what he is achieving. I'm really pleased for the whole team as they all work so hard and put so many hours in so getting results like this makes it all worthwhile."
27 June 2013
It was a fantastic weekend for the team. Ben Wilson took a stunning double victory, the first double this season for the team with Alastair Seeley securing a great second and fourth.
Ben was dominant in both Supersport races. Having qualified in fourth place for race one he was keen to get to the front and took the lead after the first lap. From lap four he extended his lead and took the win by 2.8 secs. He also had the fastest lap which put him on pole for race two. Once again he was eager to lead from the front for race two and led every lap winning by another big margin, 1.4secs.
Alastair also had a great weekend taking a solid second place in race one but struggled slightly in race two with arm pump finishing in fourth place. Alastair is now in second place in the championship just one point behind the leader with Ben moving up to third place.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class it was another fantastic weekend for the team with another podium for Luke Hedger, his third in a row which puts him to third in the championship. Luke has adapted well to riding the Kawasaki ZX-6R and after qualifying in seventh place rode another confident race to secure second place. His new team mate Mark WIlkinson gained his best ever Superstock 600 result of seventh place.
Team Manager Michael de BIdaph - "It's been a great weekend, we had a good set up on both bikes and Ben and Alastair progressed all weekend. Ben found a bike set up faster than Alastair and the results in race one were great. You cannot ask for more than first and second. Ben was on a mission all weekend and we are delighted with the results and to gain a double race win is brilliant. Alastair had a tyre issue in race two and slight arm pump but second and fourth is still an excellent result. In the Superstock 600 class both Luke and Mark were impressive, their qualifying positions did not reflect how they were riding but their race results certainly did. Luke has gelled with the bike now and the results over the last three races have been brilliant. Mark has settled in really well giving him his best result ever and I am sure there is more to come. It is really a positive weekend for the team and we are looking forward to Snetterton on a high and looking to gain similar results"
28 May 2013
The fourth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship was held this weekend at Donnington Park in front of a big World Superbike crowd. Luke Hedger took a fantastic second place and the new recruit on the team after the departure of Nicole Mc Aleer was young Australian Mark Wilkinson, he had a great debut ride finishing in eighth place.
Both riders had good qualifying sessions despite the previous days practice sessions being almost a wash out. Luke qualified in fourth and Mark 14th.
In the race Luke was soon out in front with a healthy 3.8 sec lead but unfortunately the safety car was deployed which bunched the riders together. The car pulled in with just two laps to go and Luke was unlucky to just miss out on the win but still finished on the podium in a great second place.
Having secured his best qualifying in the Superstock 600 class Mark continued his strong form over the weekend moving up through the field in the closing laps to finish in a fantastic eighth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " I am really pleased with the results this weekend, both Luke and Mark did a fantastic job for the team. Luke rode an extremely mature race and despite lack of track time set some really good times in the race. We are really pleased with his progress so far and we're very sure there is more to come from him.
We are extremely pleased to welcome Mark Wilkinson to the team, Nicole withdrew her ride from the team about a week and a half ago and Mark called early last week to enquire about riding for us. We had a very brief test at Brands Hatch so his first real time out on the bike was during the second qualifying. He has really adapted to the bike and to finish 8th is brilliant in his first ride for us."
Alastair Seeley rode a fantastic opening Supersport race to win by just 1.3 seconds after a huge effort on the final lap of the 8.9 mile Triangle course.
It was a great performance in extremely difficult conditions after heavy rain had fallen just before the evening's race. This was Alastair's tenth win at the North West 200 and puts him into fifth position on the all time winners league.
Unfortunately the second race was stopped after just two laps following minor accidents in the treacherous wet conditions with Alastair placed in fourth position. The remaining race programme was cancelled because of the heavy rain.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I would like to say a huge well done to Alastair for taking his tenth win on the Gearlink Kawasaki. He rode a great opening race despite a technical problem forcing him to miss the majority of qualifying and he had to start with the second wave of riders but still took a great win. It was very sad for all the organisers involved that they had to cancel the rest of the meeting due to the horrendous weather conditions".
10 May 2013
It was another action packed weekend for the team at Oulton Park. Alastair Seeley had a stunning weekend securing a great second place in race one and followed it with a fantastic win in race two. Ben Wilson was unable to start race one but finished in a great seventh place in race two despite starting from the back of the grid. Luke Hedger achieved his best result this year finishing in a fantastic second place.
Alastair now leads the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship and was certainly on a mission having qualified in second place and then finishing in second place just 0.1 second behind the winner in what was a closely fought opening race. For the second race he started in pole position and just edged out the second place man for a stunning win.
For Ben it was a different situation as he crashed during the qualifying session resulting in the mechanics having a long job to fix the wiring loom. Unfortunately, time was against them and Ben was unable to start race one and was forced to start race two from the back of the grid. He had a great start and by lap two had moved up to 11th place finally settling for a hard fought seventh place.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class it was another great result for the team with Luke finishing in a fantastic second place having started from 10th place on the grid.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a contrasting weekend of highs and lows. Alastair did an amazing job for the team having been on the pace all weekend. For Ben it was a nightmare weekend. We made a change to the suspension for qualifying and unfortunately he crashed. We were then on the back foot trying to fix it but it was not to be. He did a brilliant job to get to seventh place from the back of the grid but he was not 100% happy with the bike.
Luke rode a fantastic race and to be on the podium in only his third 600 race is brilliant. He rode a clever and intelligent race thoroughly deserving his podium.
Nicole is struggling to find a comfortable set up but she is continuing to move forwards on a bike which is very different to anything she has ridden before"
17 April 2013
Following on from the success at Brands Hatch, Alastair Seeley and Ben Wilson were involved in an action packed weekend in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Thruxton. There were two races on the Sunday after the sprint race was cancelled the previous day due to heavy rain. Both riders had great results each achieving second and third places in both races.
In the tricky conditions over the weekend it was Alastair that qualified in third place on the grid with Ben only 0.4 sec. behind in fifth. The opening race was scheduled to be 10 laps with five riders battling for the lead in an extremely close race. The race was red flagged on lap six with Alastair taking second place just ahead of Ben in third.
The second race was scheduled for 18 laps but with concerns over tyre wear was cut to 15 laps. It was just as frantic as race one but once again another red flag saw the race cut to 13 laps. As in the first race the leaders were continually swapping places with some very close racing. This time it was Ben who finished in second place with Alastair a close third.
Luke Hedger had another strong weekend in the Pirelli Superstock 600 class and was fighting for a podium place after a great qualifying position of sixth place on the grid. He finally finished in 10th place in the race having sufferred terrible arm pump from half way through the race.
Nicole Mc Aleer continues to improve having qualified but was forced to retire in the race with a technical issue.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " I am very happy with the two podiums in each race and it is great to be back at the front with Alastair and Ben both doing a fantastic job. We have struggled a little in the past at Thruxton so to get these results is brilliant. Being up there battling with the other teams is great and proved we can run with them on speed as we have put in a lot of hard work over the winter.
Luke is coming on in leaps and bounds in the Stock 600 class, his confidence is building, qualifying times are good and is making good progress quickly on a new bike.
We are pleased with Nicole's progress as she is improving her lap times with each outing on the bike.
Overall a great weekend and i am very pleased with all our riders."
8 April 2013
The team had a fantastic start to the season with Alastair Seeley achieving a stunning third and first place and Ben Wilson securing fourth and third places in the two Motorpoint British Supersport races.
The extremely cold weather conditions on Friday's practice hindered progress with the team missing the first session. However,for the qualifying session on Saturday, Alastair and Ben qualified in creditable fourth and fifth places respectively. For the sprint race in the afternoon, after a re-start, both got off to an exciting start with Ben getting an awesome hole-shot and leading for the first three laps. It was a very close race seeing both swapping paint for third position with Alastair finally taking third place just in front of Ben.
Their fast times from race one put Alastair on pole and Ben in second position on the grid for race two. Into turn one Alastair was first with Ben closely behind in what turned out to be one of the most exciting British Supersport races in years with seven riders battling it out at one point. However, it was the two Gearlink Kawasaki's that were fighting for the win with Ben leading the race before going into Graham Hill Bend only to make a small mistake allowing Alastair to seize the opportunity and take the win with Ben finishing a close third with only 0.4 sec separating the first three.
Luke Hedger had a strong weekend gaining 13th place and good championship points in his first ever Pirelli National Superstock 600 race.
Nicole McAleer was unfortunte not to be allowed to race despite qualifying in 41st place as only 38 riders were allowed on the grid.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We came to Brands Hatch with no testing in dry conditions and Ben had a small technical problem during qualifying so it was great to see Alastair get a podium and Ben fourth. The second race was even better with a superb win and a third and a great achievement for the team who have worked really hard all winter.
Both Luke and Nicole are on a learning curve with Luke doing a great job in his first race on a 600 and Nicole worked hard all weekend improving her lap times every time she went on track."
11 March 2013
Here at Gearlink Kawasaki its a busy time for the team preparing the bikes and generally getting ready for the new season.
Luke and Nicole have just completed a great test session at Cartegena, Spain and on March 14th, Ben and Alastair go to Donnington Park. All four riders then go to Brands Hatch on March 19th and on to Snetterton the next day for more testing.
We are looking forward to what should be an exciting season and seeing all our sponsors and fans at Brands Hatch for the opening race meeting on April 5-7th.
21 December 2012
We are delighted to announce that we will enter two riders in the 2013 National Superstock 600 Championship riding the Kawasaki ZX-6R.
2012 Motostar British Champion, Luke Hedger, and talented female Irish racer, Nicole Mc Aleer, have joined the team alongside recently signed British Supersport riders, Ben Wilson and Alastair Seeley. 17 year old Luke has made an impressive impact on the racing paddock having won the Motostar British Championship in just his second year.The two young racers will gain knowledge and experience having Ben and Alastair in the Gearlink Kawasaki team and both are eager to keep learning and to progress through the ranks.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " I am thrilled that we have signed Luke and Nicole to compete in the 2013 Superstock series. Whilst Luke is new to the 600cc bike he has certainly proved his talent in BSB and am sure will be a worthy contender. We have known Nicole for a few years and I am sure she will be able to prove herself having had previous Stock 600 experience."
19 November 2012
We are delighted to announce that Gearlink Kawasaki have signed former British Superstock and Supersport Champion Alastair Seeley to partner Ben Wilson for the 2013 British Supersport Series. Alastair and Ben were major rivals in 2011 with Alastair beating Ben by one point for the Championship Crown. Additionally, Alastair will race the Northwest 200 in the Supersport races for the team.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "This is a fantastic signing for the team in having two great riders that can potentially win the championship for us. The team are really excited about Ben and Alastair riding alongside each other on the Kawasaki's and believe they will inspire each other to go well. We are also looking forward to competing in the Northwest 200 again next year and hopefully bring back some silverware".
19 October 2012
The team had a steady end to the season despite Ben Wilson and James East both crashing out during the qualifying session for the first race.
Ben Wilson, despite qualifying in ninth place, briefly led the first race finally finishing in seventh but improved his grid position to fifth for race 2. He had another great start and was dicing with the front runners finally finishing in a creditable fifth position.
Ben's team mate, James East, was riding in only his second race meeting for the team and gained his best ever Supersport results finishing 11th in the first race and a strong seventh place in race 2.
Jack Groves riding in the National Superstock 600 championship struggled throughout the weekend managing to salvage 26th place in the race.
Team Manager - Michael de Bidaph. " 2012 has been a tough year for the team but we are already working on completing our plans for 2013 and in starting a testing programme ready for the first race at Brands Hatch next year. I would like to thank all our loyal sponsors, our fans and all the Gearlink team for working so hard this year and look forward to adding more sponsors and a new partner for Ben. We have been approached by many top riders which shows that we have become one of the top professional Supersport teams."
2 October 2012
We are delighted to announce that Gearlink Kawasaki have retained the services of Ben Wilson for the 2013 British Supersport series.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We are still both committed to winning the British Supersport Championship together. It was agreed before we went to Assen that Ben would stay with Gearlink Kawasaki and after his brilliant win at Silverstone we all know that it was the right decision. I will now be looking for a second rider who will be capable of running at the front in the British Supersport Championship."
1 October 2012
Ben Wison and the team had a superb weekend at Silverstone taking their first win of the season. Ben was joined for the meeting by his new team - mate, James East, who had a great debut for the team gaining strong 10th and 11th places.
Ben struggled in practice to get the right set up and was only able to qualify in tenth place. However, he made a great start in the first race and set some fast lap times to gain an impressive fifth place and promotion to fifth place on the grid for the second race. For race two he got a fantastic start and was involved in a thrilling race with five riders all battling for the lead. Ben took the lead on several occasions finally making a break and taking an excellent win for the first time this season to the delight of the spectators cheering him all the way to the finish line.
James East had an impressive debut riding consistently well to achieve two solid results for the team and will remain as Ben's team - mate going into the next round.
Jack Groves, for only his third race for the team, in the Metzeler Superstock Champioship had a steady weekend working his way through the field to achieve 21st place.
A great weekend for the team and just reward for all the hard work put in and provides a massive boost going into the final round at Brands Hatch.
28 September 2012
Following a disappointing weekend at Donnington Park where Ben Wilson crashed out in both races, the team moved to Assen for round 10 of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. It is a track that Gearlink Kawasaki, Ben and his team-mate for the weekend, Dan Cooper, had never raced before. With no previous race data for the track Ben impressively improved his qualifying lap times to achieve a great fourth place on the grid matching many of the riders that had riden there previously.
Despite not quite having the top end speed, Ben managed to stay with the leaders in Race 1 to finish a very creditable seventh place. For Race 2 he again made a good start but unfortunately the tyres did not last the distance but he still managed, as in Race 1, a good seventh place.
Dan Cooper struggled to find a good set-up, qualifying in 26th place on the grid. However, he manged to work his way through to finish 24th in Race 1 and 17th in Race 2.
28 August 2012
After qualifying in fifth place Ben Wilson was unfortunate to suffer a technical problem and was forced to retire in race one. For race two he was placed fifth again on the grid and finished in sixth place in what has been a frustrating weekend for him.
His new team mate for the weekend was Scott Hudson who was moved up to this class for the first time. He had two fantastic races finishing in 17th place and a great points scoring 13th place in race two.
With Scott moving up to the British Supersport class he was replaced in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship by Jack Groves. The 23 year old from Swindon has not raced a full season in BSB since 2009, stepped up to the pace finishing in a great points scoring 14th place.
27 July 2012
Ben Wilson had a steady weekend qualifying on the front row for the opening 10 lap race. Unfortunately he was pushed wide going into Surtees corner putting him back to ninth but was able to fight back finishing in sixth place.
For the second race he gained a reasonable start and was in fifth place when the race was red flagged. On the restart he was fifth on the grid and finished a creditable fifth. He remains fourth in the championship just 15 points behind the third placed rider.
Ben's team mate for this weekend, Dan Cooper, had a progressive weekend in what could be his last weekend riding for Gearlink Kawasaki unless he is able to find additional sponsorship. He qualified in 13th place but unfortunately crashed out in the first race. In race two he finished a strong 13th.
Scott Hudson had a difficult weekend in what is still his rookie year and despite improving lap times was only able to secure 19th.
12 July 2012
Ben Wilson had another solid weekend at Oulton Park gaining a second place podium in the first race and a fourth place in the second. He has now moved to fourth place in the championship.
The team had worked hard all weekend to get a good set up with Ben qualifying in fifth place for the first race. As usual Ben got one of his great starts and was third into turn one. On the last lap the two front runners, Richards and Kennedy, crashed out leaving Ben to pick up a hard fought second. He started sixth in race two and again had a great start and was locked in a battle with Luke Mossey to finish a great fourth.
Dan Cooper was not with the team at Oulton Park in May so had to start from scratch to find the right settings that would work for him. Despite this he had his best weekend for the team with two good results finishing in 10th and 11th place.
Scott Hudson struggled in qualifying for the Superstock 600 race ending in 20th place on the grid. Oulton Park is a difficult track to learn and understand but Scott continued to improve his lap times, finishing a creditable 16th, just missing out on the points.
6 July 2012
Ben Wilson dug deep again at Knockhill trying to find a good set up during the wet qualifying session resulting in ninth place on the grid. Despite one of Ben's famous great starts, moving him to fifth place at the end of the first lap, a technical problem occurred with him finishing in a still solid 11th place.Things improved in race two and he was unfortunate not to get a podium and finished in a strong fourth place having started eighth.
His new team mate for Knockhill, Dan Cooper, with no testing on the bike secured 17th place in the first race. He improved significantly in race two finishing in 10th place.
Scott Hudson continues to ride well in his first season in the Metzeler Superstock 600 class and is still learning the tracks. He finished a creditable 16th place just outside of the points.
29 May 2012
Ben Wilson had a steady weekend at Snetterton, a circuit that has never been a strong one for the team. Despite a few initial set up problems Ben managed to qualify in fifth place and after a hard fought battle in the first race with Jack Kennedy and Glen Richards for the win achieved a great third place.
The second race was equally hard fought, and after leading early in the race Ben was forced to crash out with Luke Jones when a rider in front slowed drastically leaving Ben and Luke nowhere to go.
In the National Superstock 600 Championship Scott Hudson qualified in 17th place but unfortunately had a minor crash after fighting his way up to ninth place.
17 May 2012
Gearlink Kawasaki had a great weekend at Donnington Park with two races in the National Superstock 600 Championship which was run alongside the World Superbike series. The newest member of the team, Scott Hudson, finished a great 15th place in the first race and then achieved his best ever result this year, finishing a fantastic 8th place in the second race.
The team has now moved onto Northern Ireland and we are pleased to announce that we will be competing for the very first time in the North West 200. We have selected Dan Cooper, who has become one of the fastest Newcombers at the Isle of Man TT to make his debut appearance. Experienced road racer, Mark Buckley has also been selected for what promises to be an exciting debut for the team at our first ever major road racing event.