Gearlink Kawasaki News
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."