Gearlink Kawasaki News

6 October 2018

A Podium at the TT Assen Circuit

The penultimate round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship was held at the beautiful TT Assen Circuit. Ben Currie is still in with a chance of winning the Championship and he fought hard in the opening Sprint race to finish fourth followed by a third in the feature race. James Westmoreland finished fifth in race one and seventh in the second race.

Ben struggled to find a set-up in the opening sessions but was still able to qualify on the front row for race one. He got a good start and was away with the leading pack of four riders. He unfortunately made a mistake at the chicane forcing him to run straight. He still fought for the lead finishing third but was given a 2.3 second time penalty which dropped him back to fourth.

For race two Ben started from pole position and tried hard to match the pace of Jack Kennedy and Alastair Seeley having to settle for third place and another podium.

James had some good practice sessions and looked strong qualifying in seventh place for race one. A poor start saw him drop back to 10th place but he worked hard to fight his way back to finish in a solid fifth.

Westy started race two in sixth place but again dropped back and became locked in an eight bike battle for fourth place ultimately finishing in seventh.

In the Bennetts British Superbike class Fraser Rogers continuously improved his times qualifying for race one in 24th place and worked hard to finish in 21st. In race two he started from 21st and again worked hard to cross the line in a great 12th place only to be deducted two positions after cutting a chicane, finishing in the points in a solid 14th place.

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It was a bit of a struggle at the start of the weekend for Ben to find a good set up and he worked really hard in both races to achieve the results he did. He managed to turn it around in qualifying and i am really proud of how he rode in both races as it is obvious we had a disadvantage on the Yamaha's. He gave everything as always to secure two strong results.

Westy struggled off the start in both races and was in a fight to try and work his way back through the field. He showed some good lap times but was locked in close battles and unable to push forwards and make the passes to finish in a higher position.

We have had a few problems with the Superbike over the weekend and despite Fraser continuing to work hard we did not get the right set up for this circuit. He rode really well in the second race and it was good to see him in some strong battles and gaining some points. I hope we can start well at Brands and finish the season on a strong note."

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posted by The Team at 12:57 by E2E Solutions