Gearlink Kawasaki News
4 August 2014
In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Glenn Irwin had a solid weekend with a fifth and seventh places respectively and team mate Luke Hedger gained a good 12th and 11th place in the two races.
Free practice was dry but the weather changed dramatically for qualifying and the session was delayed for two hours because of very heavy rain. Glenn secured seventh on the grid with Luke 12th for the first race. The conditions improved and Glenn got a great start and was away with the leading bunch finishing in a good fifth place. Luke also got a good start and was in a close four bike scrap finishing in 12th place.
For race two Glenn was fifth on the grid with Luke moving up to 10th. The race was closely fought with Glenn up with the leading pack and putting in some fast lap times. Unfortunately he had an impact with Billy McConnell which pushed him back a couple of places finally finishing in seventh place. Luke was also locked in his own battle with three other riders finishing in 11th place.
For Ben Wilson it was another difficult weekend with Ben having to retire in race one with a technical issue which also meant he was unable to start race two.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph -" The weekend started quite well with Ben and we were looking into a good set up for him. We changed the yokes and then the bike became unstable and impossible for him to ride. He tried his hardest but did not want to risk damaging the bike or injuring himself so we decided it was better to withdraw from the second Superbike race.
Following further investigation we now feel the frame may be out of alignment which could have been caused by a previous crash, we will look into this before the next race. It is very annoying and frustrating for the team as we would have liked to have made more progress than this at this stage of the season.
The Supersport riders have again ridden well; both Glenn and Luke had two good races. It was disappointing for Glenn that he had the impact with Billy as he was in the leading pack, thankfully he stayed on and got the result he did. Luke had another strong weekend and he is now in a class where the riders are at another level and he is learning new information at every round. We hope that both riders can continue their progress for the next round at Oulton Park and that we can make progress with Ben."