Gearlink Kawasaki News
12 October 2016
It was another strong weekend for the team at round 11 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Assen. Mason Law continued his recent great form with a stunning win in the first race in his debut appearance at the track and in mixed conditions had to settle for ninth place in the second race. Andrew Irwin had a very strong weekend with a sixth and a fourth.
Mason has secured six podiums including one win at the previous four rounds and continued showing his strong form at the Dutch circuit. He was consistently fast throughout the practice and qualifying sessions and secured his first pole position of the season.
He got a brilliant start and soon took the lead totally dominating the race leading from start to finish. By lap eight he had managed to pull a huge 4.3 second lead to take another fantastic victory.
For race two Mason started from fifth place on the grid. All the riders were ready to go when heavy rain forced them back to the pits when the race was aborted as it was deemed unsafe. When conditions improved the race, albeit shortened, was re-started. It was always going to be a difficult race using wet tyres on a drying track.
Mason unfortunately struggled from the start and soon dropped back to 12th place, he tried to push forwards as much as he could eventually having to settle for ninth place. He still retains his fourth place in the Championship standings.
Andrew was also making his debut appearance at Assen and used the practice sessions to find his feet around this fast flowing GP track. He set some strong times dring the practice and qualifying sessions to qualify in a creditable fifth place on the grid for the first race.
He got a brilliant start and was lying in second place after the opening lap and was in a battle with six other riders for a podium finish. Unfortunately he was pushed wide by another rider and finished in sixth place when the chequered flag came out.
With the mixed weather conditions for race two Andrew felt confident in conditions he enjoys. He started from seventh on the grid and was soon leading the race where he stayed for the first four laps. The eventual winner passed him on lap five and he was then locked in a dice for third place just being pipped by 0.017 second as he crossed the line to finish in fourth place.
In the MCE British Superbike Championship Vittorio Iannuzzo had a super Q1 qualifying session and made it through for the first time this season to Q2 to place him in 14th position on the grid for race one.
Vittorio had two solid races with the team continuing to make progress and secured two 20th places.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm really pleased with how the weekend has gone. Mason was fantastic in race one and totally dominated the race in taking another win. He struggled in race two but finished strongly and is still fourth in the Championship.
Andrew has once again shown what a talented rider he is and more than capable of running at the front. I am pleased with his progress since joining us part way into the season and that he is now consistently scoring good Championship points.
Vittorio was brilliant this weekend, he really enjoys being at circuits like this and we are really happy with the qualifying position he got. He made a huge amount of progress throughout the weekend in every session and it is great that we are moving forwards."