Gearlink Kawasaki News
27 October 2013
It was a hugely emotional weekend for the team at the rain affected final round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. Alastair Seeley rode his heart out despite coming to Brands Hatch with a 19 point deficit. He rode a stunning first race finishing second and went into the final race just four points behind the Championship leader. It was a dramatic last race of the season that was red flagged twice with Alastair awarded third place which meant he was forced to take the runner - up spot in the Championship.
Unfortunately for Ben Wilson he had a huge crash in extremely difficult conditions during qualifying fracturing his lower leg/upper ankle and was declared unfit to take any further part in either race. He was totally devastated at ending the season in the medical centre particularly as this was the first time in almost five years he was unable to compete in a British Supersport round.
The rain fell heavily during qualifying but Alastair managed to achieve sixth place on the grid for the first race. He got a great start and worked his way through the pack to take a solid second place also setting the fastest lap to achieve a well deserved pole position for race two. The final race was red flagged because of rain after the opening lap and the re - run was declared a wet race and shortened. Alastair got another good start but was pushed wide on the back section of the track forcing him back to fourth place. He re-grouped and made his way back to the front. Meanwhile Stuart Easton, the Championship leader, worked his way through the pack and soon he and Alastair were involved in a three way fight for the lead. Unfortunately the race was red flagged and Alastair was placed a close third.
It was a totally different story for the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class as Luke Hedger became the 2013 Superstock Champion in his first season riding a 600 following his 2012 British Motostar Championship crown. Luke was fired up for the weekend and the super talented youngster rode an extremely mature race to bring home the Gearlink Kawasaki in eighth place taking the Championship win by 16 points. His team mate, Mark Wilkinson, struggled in the wet conditions finishing in 21st place but still managed a creditable top ten place in the Championship standings.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - " What can i say? I'm massively disappointed not to have won the Supersport Championship again. Alastair could not have done any more this weekend and it was taken away from us with a red flag situation. However, this year has been fantastic and we as a team have constantly been at the front at all the races. Alastair and Ben have been a credit to this team and we have taken so much from it. We will be back next year to try again and one day we will win that Supersport Championship. The Gearlink Kawasaki team would like to wish Ben a speedy recovery.
Luke was superb; he did everything he had to do today to win our second Superstock 600 Championship. He rode a very mature race and did not do anything stupid, we're all really pleased with his Championship title and he took away some of the disappointment from the Supersport result.
Mark made a few mistakes in the opening laps but he has never ridden the bike in a wet race before and up to now has consistently been in the points at every race. He's been an absolute delight to have him in our team; he fitted in really well and rode very hard and was always willing to learn.
I must say a huge thank you to all our very loyal sponsors especially Kawasaki Motors UK, all our product sponsors, our fans and we are just sorry we were unable to repay you with the Supersport Championship but we will keep on trying."