Gearlink Kawasaki News
19 August 2014
The team was determined to achieve some strong results in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park and our riders did not disappoint. Glenn Irwin although unfortunately crashing out on the final lap while going for third place in the first race achieved a fantastic second place in the second race. Luke Hedger took another two solid results with a seventh and an eighth.
Glenn ran strong all weekend qualifying for the first race in sixth place. He got a great start and sat in second place for the first four laps droping back to fifth and then back to fourth. On the final corner of the last lap he saw an opportunity to achieve a podium and decided to go for it but unfortunately it did not work out. Luke had another solid weekend and qualified in eighth place and despite dropping a position fought his way back to achieve seventh.
Following heavy rain the second race was declared wet and again Glenn got a great start in tricky conditions but was soon into the lead and held it for 12 laps befor being passed. He continued his fight with the Championship leader just beating him to finish in a superb second place. Luke had another strong result finishing in eighth place and continues to make good progress in his first season in the class.
It was another difficult weekend for Ben Wilson and the team with the Superbike so it was decided to withdraw the bike from all three races and instead embark on a test and improvement programme before the next meeting at Cadwell Park.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I am really pleased with the two Supersport riders they have really riden well this weekend especially Glenn. He rode a brilliant first race and made a move for third on the last lap that did not pay off but was riding well and trying hard. As race two was wet anything could have happened but he got a strong start to secure a well deserved second place for all the effort he has put in.
Luke continues to progress well and as the season is moving along he is learning, gaining experience and the results are starting to come and by the end of the season he will be up with the leading bunch. He got two very consistent and good results and his lap times continue to improve. I am very happy the way he is settling into a very difficult Championship.
With the Superbike and Ben, it is a very difficult situation for us all, we are not happy with how the bike is working and we will now leave here and ensure that we work hard with testing and improvements to try and get Ben to where he and the team deserves to be and get his confidence back."