Gearlink Kawasaki News
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"