Gearlink Kawasaki News
11 October 2016
The team had a diverse weekend at round ten of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Donington Park. Mason Law continued his recent run of wins and podiums with a fantastic third place in race one but unfortunately had to retire in race two. Andrew Irwin fought hard for a strong sixth place in race one and was 12th in race two.
Mason struggled throughout the practice sessions to find a suitable set-up and despite many changes to the bike found himself in sixth place on the grid for race one. He got a great start in the race and soon moved up to fourth in the first lap. He was pushing for a podium when another rider crashed in front of him and rode hard to finish just 0.4 seconds behind the second place rider.
For race two he started from third place on the front row of the grid but it soon became apparent that he had a problem with the bike and was forced to retire from fifth place on lap six.
Andrew had another strong points scoring weekend despite crashing during the qualifying session. The team worked hard and fast to get him back out on track for him to secure 10th place on the grid for race one. He got a fantastic start and was soon up to fifth place in lap one eventually finishing in a great sixth place.
For race two he was placed in sixth place on the grid but the bike failed to start for the race so he was wheeled off the grid and the team managed to re-start it but unfortunately he had to start the race from pit lane resulting him starting the race in last in 27th place. He worked so hard to make up the time moving through the pack to finish in a creditable ponts scoring position of 12th place.
In the MCE British Superbike series Vittorio Iannuzzo had a really strong weekend securing his first Championship points of the season with two very solid 15th places.
Vittorio certainly felt more comfortable with a track he knows and one that also suits his riding style with the team extremely pleased with his progress over the weekend.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph: - " In the Supersport class both Mason and Andrew continued to make good progress throughout the weekend securing solid qualifying positions on the grid. Mason gained another great podium in race one despite a small mechanical problem. Andrew rode a strong race considering his crash in qualifying and pleased he is continuing to score points.
I was totally gutted for Mason in race two, watching him retire is not what i want to see and frustrates me more than anyone. We had no issues with Andrew's bike all weekend so it was a surprise that it failed to start for race two. To finish in 12th place after starting from the back is a credit to him.
I am so pleased for Vittorio as it was great to finally get some Championship points. He likes it at Donington and felt comfortable all weekend. Everything went well and he continued to improve in every session including a much better qualifying sesssion giving him a better opportunity in the race.
We should have picked a different tyre for race two which certainly hindered his progress and he did well to avoid two crashed riders. It was great to see him involved in some good battles and he was rewarded with two hard earnt 15th places."