Gearlink Kawasaki News

24 September 2018

A win and a Podium at Silverstone

Round nine of the Dickies British Supersport Championship was run for the first time on the the shorter National Circuit. It was another solid weekend for the team with Ben Currie securing third place in the first race and a brilliant win in the second. James Westmoreland was fifth in race one and 11th in race two.

Both riders rode well all weekend and had a strong qualifying session with both on the front row of the grid for race one. Ben got one of his normal fantastic starts and it soon became one of the best races of the season so far with many passes and overtaking manoeuvres. Ben was dicing for the lead with Alastair Seeley, Jack Kennedy and James Rispoli. He had to settle for third after a dash for the line just 0.093 behind the race winer Seeley.

Ben was once again on the front row for race two, sitting in third on the grid. Once again he got a great start and it was another amazing race with six riders battling for the lead. Ben rode a fantastic race preserving his tyres enabling him to push that little bit harder towards the end creating a small gap to take him into the lead. At one point he dropped down to fourth place but then fought back to take a stunning win.

Westy struggled off the start in race one and was unable to make a break with the front runners and had to ride hard to gain a fifth place. He started from ninth on the grid for race two but struggled through the race to push with the front runners but managed to get to fifth place at one point only to slip back with a mechanical problem, finishing in 11th.

In the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Fraser Rogers continued to improve all weekend. He qualified for race one in 20th position for the first race and finished in the same position. For race two he was placed in 24th position on the grid but was forced to retire with a problem. For the third and final race he started from 23rd and worked hard to finish in 18th.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "Ben rode two fantastic races, we were worried about the second race as his bike was slightly down on power putting him at a disadvantage compared to the other contenders. However, he was just awesome. He really worked so hard throughout the whole race and just timed it to perfection. He thoroughly deserved the win.

Westy was struggling with set-up throughout the weekend and was just a little bit off the pace of the front runners. However, he is still in the running to secure third place in the Championship so we must all continue with that as a target for the remaing races.

Fraser continues to make huge improvements and progress. His lap times were good and we are beginning to move in the right direction with him. As always he worked hard to ensure he got some results and we hope he will end the season with some points."

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posted by The Team at 13:22 by E2E Solutions