Gearlink Kawasaki News
17 August 2016
It was a positive weekend for the team at round seven of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the Brands Hatch GP Circuit. Mason Law had a strong weekend with a fourth place, a DNF and a third place podium. His team-mate Andrew Irwin was unfortunate to have two crashes and a DNF.
Mason came to his local circuit full of confidence and keen to get some good results. He had a few problems during practice but managed to put the bike on the front row for the first race after qualifying in third place. He was soon in the mix and then the safety car came out but he was able to make further progress when the safety car came in to finish in a good fourth place.
He struggled off the start in race two and lost some places in the first few laps but soon started to progress through the pack and looked set to finish in another fourth place when a technical problem ocurred on the final lap forcing him to retire.
In the final race he started from fifth place on the grid but the race was red flagged on lap four following a crash. On the re-start he got a good start and rode a strong race to finish in a great third place and another podium.
Andrew had a strong weekend and showed a lot of potential in only his second race meeting with the team. He looked good throughout the practise and qualifying sessions to put the bike on the grid for the first race in fifth place. He got a great start and was soon up to second place after the opening lap fighting with five other riders for the win. After the safety car was deployed he dropped back to fourth and then seventh following a mistake. Unfortunately he crashed out on lap nine of the twelve lap race.
For race two he started from sixth place but sufferred a mechanical problem following his earlier crash in race one forcing him to retire.
For race three he started from 12th place on the grid and due to a technical problem at the start he dropped back to 23rd after lap one but pushed his way up to 17th when the race was red flagged. On the re-start he got a flying start and was 10th after lap one and worked his way up to sixth place before sadly crashing out on lap 11.
In the MCE British Superbike series Vittorio Iannuzzo had a progressive weekend finishing in 23rd and 21st places. He had a problem during qualifying with a wrong setting but his time during the races once again continued to improve.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We can take a lot of positives from this weekend but there are still issues we need to address.
In the Supersport class both riders were up there and setting some good times during the pre-race sessions with both Mason and Andrew qualifying well. Mason continued to dig deep in race one to get a strong fourth place. Andrew was riding well but had an issue with the front end which we believe contributed to his crash. There was a lot of damage to his bike which led to a problem for him in race two forcing him to retire. Mason was also riding well but he also was forced to retire.
In race three once again Mason and Andrew looked like they could both push for a podium position. Mason worked hard right to the end to earn himself another third place and Andrew made a small mistake crashing out in the closing stages but he was showing a lot of potential this weekend.
Vittorio once again made progress this weekend and we are happy that with the advances made with the Superbike the results will hopefully come."