Gearlink Kawasaki News
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."