Gearlink Kawasaki News

18 September 2019

A Podium at Oulton Park

It was another really strong weekend for the team at round nine of the Dickies Britisih Supersport Championship at Oulton Park. James Westmoreland had another positive weekend with a fourth and a fantastic podium with a second. Fraser Rogers filled in for Ben Wilson, who is still recovering from injury, with a 11th and a great eighth place in the Supersport class.

Despite Westy struggling to find a comfortable set-up he was still achieving some good  times throughout the weekend. He was placed ninth on the grid for race one and was keen to make up positions. He was seventh after the opening lap but soon worked his way through the pack to finish in a very healthy fourth.

For race two he started from eighth on the grid and again keen to make up places pushed his way through the field. Two of the leading contenders crashed out and he saw the opportunity to be on the podium. He wasn't quite able to push for the win but gained another great podium to finish second in the Supersport class. 

Ben Wilson was declared unfit to ride so Michael gave the call to Fraser to replace him. Fraser had not ridden a 600 for five years and despite a couple of issues during practice he still managed to qualify in 16th place for race one. He made good progress working his way up to finish in a creditable 11th place.

He started race two from 13th on the grid, sat behind Westy and was again making good progress when a small mistake forced him to run wide and onto the grass. He got his head down and put in some good lap times to fiinish in a great eight place.

Team Manager - Michael de Bidaph - "Once again James has done the team proud with his fourth in race one and second in race two. We didn't make many changes to the bike from Cadwell but i don't think we found the right set-up that James was really comfortable with but having said that i am really pleased how well James has done in just two rounds. especially as he hasn't been to Oulton Park for over a year whereas most of the Supersport grid were there earlier this year.

We asked Fraser at the last minute to stand in for Ben once we realised that he wasn't going to be passed fit to ride and i think considering the little time he had on the bike he did a really good job for the team finishing in the points in both races." 

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posted by The Team at 10:35 by E2E Solutions