Gearlink Kawasaki News
7 October 2015
It was a fantastic weekend for the team at the penultimate round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Silverstone. Glenn Irwin was third in the Sprint race and then took a brilliant victory in race two. Ben Wilson was seventh in race one and secured his best result of the year in race two with fourth. Luke Hedger was ninth in race one and a solid sixth in race two.
The team made some suspension changes and this made a big difference to the rider performance. Glenn looked strong all weekend and managed to qualify for the Sprint race in second place. He got a great start and was in a constant battle for second place but got pushed back to third in the final lap.
He was third on the grid for the second race and after another brilliant start saw him get away with the leaders moving into second place after the opening lap. The safety car was deployed after a couple of laps and Glenn made the most of this and took to the front in lap five. He was then locked in a close battle for the lead finally moving to the front with three laps to go and managing to keep a small gap to take his third victory of the season and third in the championship.
It was also a good weekend for Ben and despite a lower qualifying position than he had hoped for in ninth place for the first race he got a great start moving up to fifth place eventually finishing in seventh. For race two he started from sixth place on the grid, got a fantastic start and was soon battling for a podium position finally finishing in fourth place for his best result of the season.
Luke had a big crash in qualifying which hindered his progress in the races to follow. Despite feeling sore he still managed to bring the bike home in a creditable ninth place in race one and a great sixth place in race two.
Jed Metcher, in just his second round for the team, had a difficult weekend in the MCE British Superbike Championship but still managed to achieve two 20th place finishes despite struggling to get out on track for the qualifying sessions.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " I am really pleased with the results in the Supersport class this weekend especially in the second race. It was great to see Glenn take another win and he fought hard all weekend for the results he achieved and they were well deserved.
We made some changes to the suspension this weekend and it helped us take a big step forward with development and the riders were all pleased with it.
It was good to see Ben back to his old form and achieving the results that he is more than capable of and we hope now that we can end the season on a high note with all three Supersport riders. Luke was hindered by his crash but still rode really well to get the results he did.
We are still deciding which direction to go with the Superbike but we will keep plugging away to try to get some decent results".