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This weekend was to be a scorcher in more ways than one in Norfolk, Shakey did the double and smashed the lap record in a blistering superpole lap. but it was the support series that was to be the Eastenders of the motorcycle world. If drama and adrenaline enthused excitement is what you want then this is where it’s at.
Luke Hedger, 21 year old from Yate debuted this season in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 series and since day one he has performed outstandingly and has been at the business end of every race and this weekend was to be no different. Despite a difficult start and getting to grips with a very trying circuit he came through both free practice sessions with small changes that shaved his time creeping up the leader board.
He hopped aboard the EHA Aprilia at the Snetterton circuit giving it all he had and after using all the available time on the clock he came back into pit lane in 13th place, putting him firmly on row 5 of the grid. This would leave him some work to do but with a good start anything was possible.
Sunday came along and so did the crowds to watch the infamous, talented riders of the MCE British Superbikes. The action started with warm ups, after Hedger's warm up session he decided to revert back to the setting he had for free practice 2 for his race , his strict regime in place and the preparation had been done, all that was left was to watch the lights and out they went. The roar of bikes could be heard for miles as they all scrambled into the first corner. Hedger got a good start off the line gaining a position, and as we watched on the sidelines, you could hear the pack come around the back straight before you saw them making there way through the ‘Bomb hole’ and onto the last corner.
Hedger was already make in roads into the field in-front of him, by mid way distance he had fought through the pack to 8th position. And then was locked into a battle for this place with Jordan Weaving continuously changing positions. The last lap was intense and so close across the line , Hedger narrowly missed out on 8th place by just 0.134 of a second. After 16 laps he crossed the line in 9th . And has moved back to 6th place in the championship.
"My weekend was very tough and we struggled pretty much from day one. We just couldn't find the set-up we needed to go fast enough to challenge at the sharp end, but on the positive side, I managed to bag myself another top ten finish. We also took some good points for the championship and are still top six, which is another big positive for both, EHA Racing Team , Aprilia and myself. I’d like to thank Ian and the whole team for all their hard work over the weekend and my personal sponsors SRS International and Swindon Karting for their continued support."
SRS international (Simon Whatley), Swindon Karting (James and Matt Cox),IN Aprilia(Ian Newton),One-X Leathers(John McQueen),J.C.Cook Cycles(Andrew Jones),HJC Helmets,Daytona Boots, Cami pix Photography and Dave Siney.
Hedger will be at round 7 (6) of the MCE British Superbikes down in the ‘Garden of England’ in Kent at Brands Hatch on 21-23 July 2017 .Last time round he narrowly missed out on his first podium so is hoping it not far off for him, possibly even at this round