Gearlink Kawasaki News

14 August 2019

Welcome back Westy

We are pleased to announce the return of former race winner James Westmoreland to the team for the remaining rounds of the Dickies British Supersport Championship starting with his home round at Cadwell Park. 

James Westmoreland - "I'm really pleased to announce my return to the Championship with Gearlink Kawasaki for the remainder of the season. It was a pretty straightforward decision to make. I first rode for Michael and Norma at the end of 2015 then again in 2017 on the Superbike continuing with the team in 2018 in the Supersport class. I'm really excited to get back to work and there is no better than my local circuit Cadwell Park. I will work hard with the limited time available to put the team and myself in the best position to race competitively. My career has taken a different path this season and I feel I am in a really good place with everything and I'm excited to get started with the team."

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph -"We are really pleased to welcome James back to the team. This year is proving to be one of the most difficult years we have had, so we feel that with James's experience we should now be able to move forward."

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posted by The Team at 17:06

Tough Weekend at Thruxton

It was an extremely tough weekend for the team in the Dickies British Supersport Championship. Ben Wilson had a tricky start in the opening race finishing in 10th and in race two unfortunately suffered a a lower leg break. 

Ben had struggled throughout the weekend with set-up issues qualifying in 18th place for the first race. Unfortunately due to a technical problem on the out lap he was forced to start from the back of the grid. He got a fantastic start and worked his way through the field to finish in a strong 10th place in the Supersport class.

For race two he started from 19th on the grid. He got another one of his great starts and started to move through the field until on lap 2 he had a huge high-side and was taken from the track by ambulance. It was later confirmed that sadly he had broken his leg and we wish him a very speedy recovery.

Ross Twyman had another difficult weekend and after sitting down with Michael they parted ways mutually. The team wish Ross all the best in whatever he chooses to do.

Fraser Rogers was flying the flag well for the team in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and continued to improve his times in every practice session. A small step backwards in qualifying saw him placed in 26th place for race one but he worked really hard to finish in 19th place.

For race two he started from 21st place and got another good start and was looking good to progress even further. However the race got red flagged twice and he did not have another spare tyre to run over the third re-start and had to retire. Overall he was pleased with the bikes performance and his arm held up well.

Team Manager - Mochael de Bidaph "It has been a disastrous weekend in the Supersport class, I'm totally gutted for Ben getting injured again but i know how determined he is and sure he'll be working hard to get back fit as as possible.

We were sorry to see Ross leave the team but i totally understand his reasons. We have tried very hard and it has been very difficult with all the changes to the bikes this year. I wish him every success in the future.

I am really pleased with how Fraser performed this weekend and it was good to see him in the mix and fighting for strong positions. We've made some good steps forward with the Superbike so i do hope this continues at the future rounds."

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posted by The Team at 16:28

Difficult Weekend at Snetterton

It was a difficult weekend for the team at the sixth round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship. Ben Wilson secured two 10th places in the two supersport races with Ross Twyman unfortunately forced to retire from both races.

The qualifying session was tough for both riders only finishing 20th and 21st respectively.

Both riders were eager to gain strong positions in race one and got good starts. Ben made some good passes to finish in a healthy 10th place. Ross also made good progress but was forced to retire with a technical problem.

For race two Ben started from 14th and Ross from 20th. Ben got another awesome start to get up to ninth place and despite fighting hard ended up in 10th place at the finish. Ross was was riding within the points again but was forced to retire on lap 11.

In the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Fraser Rogers was returning after breaking his arm. Unfortunately he missed most of the practice sessions due to technical issues with the bike. He was able to qualify in 28th place for race one finishing in 22nd place. He started race two from 30th place but was forced to retire having not fully recovered from his injuries.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph was unavailable to comment due to personal circumstances.

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