Gearlink Kawasaki News

20 July 2021

Good Points at Knockhill

The team headed north for round 2  of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with both riiders ready to take on the 1.2669 mile track in a shortened and more compact weekend of just 2 days. The Saturday was particularly challenging having to complete 4 sessions in the Quattro British Supersport Championship including the sprint race.

Ben got off to a great start in both practice sessions with good consistent lap times and was just pipped for 5th place in the qualifying session placing him P6 on the grid for race 1.

Eunan had sufferred with arm pump during round 1 and had been working hard prior to this meeting at Knockhill to overcome it. It was a case of pain management during this compacted timetable. He continued to improve his lap times throughout the sessions to qualify in 9th position on the grid for the first race.

It looked as though the weather may play a part for race 1 but the team took the chance to run on slick tyres.

Ben got off to a great start moving up to 5th place by turn 4 and was in a continual battle to improve his position further. On the last lap one of the front runners was in trouble enabling Ben to achieve a well deserverd 4th place.

Eunan stormed off the line with a great start moving into 10th place and by lap 5 was in P8 where he remained until the finish.

Race 2 brought the possibility of mixed weather but fortunately it was dy for the race.

Ben started from P5 on the grid and after a great start soon moved up to 4th. After much battling he was unfortunately pushed out rejoining the race in 14th position. It would prove to be an impossible task to get back to the leaders but still managed to claw back up to 11th position over the finishing line.

Eunan had a very different race starting from P8 on the grid, his best start with the team. At one point he had moved into 5th place but a combination of the return of his arm pump and brake issues meant he finished in 7th place, still an excellent result.

We will be back out at the next round at Brands Hatch hoping for better things and looking forward to a return of racing in front of our fans and hopefully a full capacity crowd.

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posted by The Team at 11:37

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