Gearlink Kawasaki News
30 August 2013
The team had a mixed weekend in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship with Ben Wilson taking a stunning first and second place in the two Supersport races. It was a different story for Alastair Seeley who crashed out heavily in race one and feeling second hand for race two was able to salvage a creditable eighth place.
Ben had a great outing at his local circuit gaining a comfortable pole position for race one and dominated that race to achieve a fantastic win. For race two he was eager to get to the front and by the end of the opening lap was in the lead until the final stages when tyre wear became an issue but still managed a fantastic second place and another podium.
Alastair was going well in practice and qualifying placing himself on the front row for race one. He had a great start and sat in second place behind Ben but crashed heavily on lap five and was taken to the medical centre. Despite being badly bruised and suffering a cracked rib he started race two. The pain finally got to him but he still managed to achieve a brave eighth place for some valuable points to retain the Championship lead.
It was a mixed weekend for the two Pirelli National Superstock 600 riders. Luke Hedger having qualified on the front row in second place had a bad start and crashed out on the first lap, fortunately uninjured. Mark Wilkinson struggled over the weekend but improved his lap times in every session, qualifying in 21st place. He continued to improve in the race finishing in a fantastic 13th place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "All in all the weekend has been pretty good for the team. We're disappointed for Alastair and i hate seeing one of my riders injured. He worked hard all weekend and despited his injuries got some good points for the Championship.
Ben was brilliant all weekend and realy deserved the results especially more so at his local round. We took a gamble with the tyre choice for race two which caused a few problems towards the closing stages but it was a choice we decided to go with.
It was unfortunate that Luke came off but he still has a lot to learn but i know he will bounce back at Donnington.
Mark was lacking a bit of confidence coming here so for him to gain some points was great. He worked hard all weekend and even his race times improved from his previous sessions so i am confident he will be back up near the top end of the pack for the remaining rounds.