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Round 1 Press Release
Luke Hedger's Stock 1000 campaign
This year Luke will be competing in the British Superstock 1000 Championship, for EHA Racing Aprilia.
This Superstock 1000 Championship has a brand-new race format consisting of 3 types of races.
After signing a deal late on, Luke and the team haven't had much time to fit in much testing but they did manage a couple of days in Spain which went well, also he was able to get in the official BSB test at Donnington Park after another rider dropped out, the weather was horrendous but he braved the elements to get some much-needed testing in.
Last weekend was the first round consisting of two races, Saturday was the first 100-mile race and Sunday was a standard-length race.
Friday was practice day, Luke gets two 25 minute sessions to get set up for the weekend this went really well for young Luke he ends session 1 in 16th out of 47 riders and session 2 in 15th knocking half a second off his time.
Saturday morning was the one and only qualifying session for the stock 1000 which happened to be wet, and Luke seems to go well in these conditions, he was in the top 10 for the first half. He came into the pit to make a few changes and by this point had move out of the top 20 in the closing stages he found himself back up the sharp end. He ended the 25-minute session in 9th position.
That afternoon was his first race of the weekend which happened to be the 100-mile race.
Part 1: was a nightmare for everyone involved the circuit was damp due to an earlier shower but was rapidly drying so tyre choice would be key (some riders decided to go with full wet tyres other went for full dry tyres and other went with a wet front and dry rear tyre).
Luke decided to opt for full dry tyres, and to start with look to be the right decision but this was short lived, 2 laps in the havens open and Luke found himself in the worst situation possible. He found himself dropping down the order from 9th to 29th, not wanting to do anything stupid he just had to be patient and hope the rain passed. A few laps later, to Luke's delight the rain stopped and the track start to dry out allowing Luke to finally start to race. He managed to pull a few places back to finish part one in 22nd position.
Part two; was a much better situation for all the riders the sun had come out and the circuit had dried fully so dry tyre was the way to go.
Luke had to lined up in position 22 and he had a lot of work to do. Luke got a really good start and by the end of lap one had made up 3 places and by lap 5 he had moved up to 13th place at this point Luke had caught up with the faster group and was hooked in a battle for 10th spot, this battle continued for the remainder of the race and Luke's hard work and effort was rewarded by finishing 10th.
Race 2 on Sunday was a standard 16 lap race Luke would take 11th spot on the grid, as the light went out Luke got a brilliant start jumping up to 7th by the end of the first lap. The race got stop on lap two due to 3 riders crashing out and the track had to be cleaned up because of oil being left on the circuit there was a 10-minute delay to allow the marshals to deal with the contamination.
As the race got back under way Luke start this time round wasn't as good losing a couple of places off the line but he kept his cool to finish the race in 9th place and top rookie.
Luke leaves Donington Park happy, he went into the weekend hoping to finish both races with in the top 15 and did just that, he leaves Donington Park 10th in the championship.
“Overall I am really happy with how this weekend has gone! 2 top 10 finishes is more than I could have hoped for” “I am really starting to get the feel of the RSV4 Aprilia 1000 machine. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors and team for making this happen.
EHA Racing have been amazing and it great to be part of their team and also
A big shout out to my sponsors SRS and Swindon Karting.EHA Racing,IN Aprilia,Onexuk Leathers,J.C Cook Cycles,HJC Helmets,Daytona Boots,
Camipix Photography Criag H and Dave Siney.