Motorpoint British Supersport
The Gearlink Kawasaki team had a solid weekend in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at the packed Cadwell Park. Glenn Irwin had a fantastic weekend with fourth in race one and then he took a fantastic win on Monday. Luke Hedger was seventh in race one but was unfortunate to crash out of race two.
Glenn Irwin was having a solid weekend and qualified the Gearlink Kawasaki in ninth position despite a minor technical problem which saw him complete only six laps. He got a steady start in the race and moved through to eighth by the end of lap one. He dug deep and battled hard with his team-mate Luke Hedger, plus Alastair Seeley and Luke Jones eventually getting the better of them all to finish in fourth. His time placed him ninth on the grid again for the main feature race on Monday. In the wet conditions Glenn was eager for a good race, he got an amazing start and was up to fourth by the end of the opening lap. By lap three he was in the lead and was opening the gap on every lap, he had a 4.5 second lead on the penultimate lap taking a great win.
Luke Hedger showed some fine form this weekend at Cadwell Park and was running some good strong consistent race times throughout the weekend. He had his best qualifying position of the year in race one starting from sixth place for the 12 lap sprint race. He kept his grid position at the end of the opening lap and after a fierce move by his team-mate he fought hard to gain seventh place. His time put him in eighth place for the main feature race, he struggled off the start and dropped to tenth place but was making progress when he unfortunately crashed out on lap three, uninjured.
Glenn Irwin - "I'm really pleased with how the weekend has gone here at Cadwell Park and to leave with a fourth and a win is brilliant. The Gearlink Kawasaki team once again gave me a great bike and we had good pace right from the start. The first race was tough as I had to work hard to get through the pack but I eventually managed to take fourth. I knew when I saw the conditions on Monday that it would be good and I had a good feeling as I know the bike handles really well in these conditions. I got a great start and pushed hard to get away and I knew my pace was good, I got to the front and settled into a really good pace. I felt so comfortable out there and wanted to keep pushing hard, the conditions were really bad in certain parts of the circuit so I had to ensure I kept my concentration. I would like to thank everyone that has got behind me especially in the last week and hope we can take this form to Donington."
Luke Hedger - "I was pleased with my pace this weekend at Cadwell during the practice and qualifying sessions. I got a good start in race one and I felt really strong on the bike, I know this year is still a learning year for me but I am eager to finish the season with some good results. This weekend has given me a lot of confidence and despite the crash in race two I am feeling really happy on the Gearlink Kawasaki. I would once again like to thank First Choice Flooring plus all the team for their help and support. I can't wait to get to Donington Park and keep improving."
Gearlink Kawasaki have made some big changes to the Superbike of Ben Wilson and his weekend went much better than previous rounds. He finished 13th in qualifying one which put him through to Q2, sadly he suffered a small issue with his tyres and he ended up qualifying in 18th place for the opening MCE British Superbike race.
Despite spots of rain the first race was declared dry and cut short to 15-laps, Ben got a solid start and was 16th after lap one. He pushed hard and his times were improving each lap and he managed to move through to 12th place before the race was red flagged due to rain.
Ben was placed in 15th place on the grid for the second race and as the heavens opened Ben could not wait to get out there and see what results he could achieve at his home circuit. His start was unreal and he was 10th after the opening lap, in the horrendous weather conditions Ben fought hard and was up to seventh by lap six. He lost drive on a huge puddle and was passed by Kirkham, Richards and Walker but he still managed a great ninth place at the end of the 15-lap race.
Ben Wilson - "It's so good to be back out there and also back fighting in a points scoring position. It has been really frustrating up until now but the Gearlink Kawasaki team has worked so hard since Oulton to ensure they provided me with a good bike and I'm glad now we are able to put up a fight. I really enjoyed this weekend and being back out there and being competitive, I know the team will continue to make improvements and hope my season starts here."
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "We have made some big changes with the Superbike before coming here to Cadwell and they appear to now be working which is a huge relief. Qualifying went well for Ben and we are pleased to be back out on the grid with a bike that can now finish in the top 15. I am very happy with the base setting we have now and I know with more work and improvements the results for Ben should start coming back. It has been a tough few months and a tough learning curve for us, the results Ben got today should hopefully give him some confidence for the remaining rounds of the season.
I'm delighted with the results in the Supersport class both riders have ridden really well all weekend and Glenn was rewarded today with the win in horrendous conditions. Luke and Glenn both worked hard this weekend and they are developing as riders and their times and results are showing it. Luke was unfortunate to crash out today, he was on a fast lap when he did but luckily he did not hurt himself. Glenn rode fantastically and really deserved the win we are really pleased for him and I thank all the Gearlink Kawasaki team for their hard work."