Gearlink Kawasaki News
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."