Gearlink Kawasaki News
8 September 2015
It was a tough weekend at Cadwell Park for the team at round eight of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. Glenn Irwin gained a fifth and seventh, Ben Wison secured a seventh and fifth and Luke Hedger eighth and sixth.
With temperatures rising during qualifying all three riders struggled with grip issues on the hot track. Glenn got a fantastic start from fourth place on the grid and was leading after lap one. The race was red-flagged on lap two and a restart of 10 laps was issued. Glenn got to the line after the warm-up lap and knew he had a problem as he could not select the gears properly and had to nurse the bike home home managing to secure fifth place.
In race two he started from fifth place on the grid but had woken up with flu-like symptoms. He got another good start and was soon up to third place but as the race progressed his energy levels dropped and he had to settle for seventh place.
Ben made huge progress during the practice sessions but struggled with grip in qualifying to start race one in eighth place on the grid. He finished in seventh place having had a suspension problem during the race. He started from seventh place on the grid for race two and was soon up to sixth at the end of the first lap. Unfortunately he had to take evasive action to avoid a stricken rider which meant he lost ground with the leading pack; he still managed to finish in a very creditable fifth place.
Luke once again had another consistent weekend with another two good top ten finishes. He qualified in 10th place for race one finishing in a solid eight place. For race two he started from eighth place on the grid and was soon moving through the field to finish in a creditable sixth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "The team managed to find a good set-up for all three riders during the practice sessions and i really thought we could snatch a couple of podiums. They all struggled with grip issues due to the severe heat in the track during qualifying which caused us to have lower qualifying positions than we had hoped. We seemed to be troubled with a bit of bad luck in race one with Glenn and Ben having a couple of problems, both still fought to achieve some solid points.
Glenn sadly woke on ill on Sunday morning and this really did have an impact on his performance in race two, we hope is fully fit for Oulton Park. Ben was making good progress until he had to swerve to avoid a fallen rider which stopped him from catching the leading pack. Luke had another good weekend, his times were consistently fast and he is improving everytime he goes out on a Gearlink Kawasaki.
Hopefully our luck will improve and we can get back on the rostrum again before the end of the season."