Gearlink Kawasaki News
26 August 2014
It was a good weekend for the team in both the Motorpoint British Supersport and the MCE British Superbike Championships. Glenn Irwin followed up his fourth place in the first race with a win in the second of the two Supersport races and Luke Hedger featured strongly in both races. Ben Wilson also gained solid points finishing in 12th and ninth places respectively in the Superbike class.
Glenn was having a solid weekend qualifying the Gearlink Kawasaki in ninth place despite only managing to complete six laps due to a technical problem. He dug deep in race one and battled his way through to finish in a strong fourth place. Again he was ninth on the grid for a wet race two but had an amazing start going to fourth place by the end of lap one. He took the lead in lap three and from there kept increasing it and by the penultimate lap he was 4.5 seconds in front taking a great win in very difficult conditions.
Luke continued his fine form running some good consistent race times. He had his best qualifying position so far achieving sixth place on the grid for race one eventually finishing in a strong seventh place. For the second race he struggled at the start but was making progress when he unfortunately crashed out in the very tricky conditions.
The team had made some major changes to the Superbike and this resulted in a significant improvement compared to the disappointment experienced at previous rounds. Ben finished in 13th place in the first qualifying session but unfortunately a small tyre issue prevented him from achieving better than 18th place on the grid for race one. He got a solid start moving to 16th place and was seeing his lap times improving each lap until the race was red flagged with Ben ifinishing in a good 12th place. For race two he was placed in 15th position on the grid for what was declared a wet race. He got a fantastic start and was in 10th place by the end of the opening lap finally finishing in a great ninth place.
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We have made some big changes with the Superbike and they appear to be working which is a huge relief. Qualifying went well for Ben and we are pleased to be back on the grid with a bike that can now finish in the top 15. I am happy with the base setting we have now and with more work and continued improvement the results form Ben should start coming back. It has been a tough few months and a steep learning curve for us but with the results achieved here then hopefully it will give Ben more confidence for the remaining rounds.
I am delighted with the results in the Supersport class both riders have ridden really well and Glenn rewarded with a win in horrendous conditions. Luke and Glenn have worked hard all weekend and they continue to develop as riders as their lap time and results are proving. Luke was unfortunate to crash in race two on a fast lap but fortunately did not hurt himself. Genn's ride was fantastic and he thouroughly deserved the win, we are really pleased for him and i thank all the Gearlink Kawasaki team for their hard work this weekend"