Gearlink Kawasaki News
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."