Gearlink Kawasaki – Knockhill – Round 5

Dickies British Supersport   Round five of the Dickies British Supersport Championship took place at Knockhill Circuit this weekend. The scheduled Sprint race on Saturday was pushed to Sunday morning due to weather conditions. The rain fell again on Sunday morning but Ben Wilson was able to secure a fantastic fourth place and Ross Twyman finished 9th Supersport rider. For race two later that afternoon Ben secured another great fourth and Ross a strong sixth.   The weather was perfect on Friday but sadly deteriorated as the weekend progressed. Ben was trying several different settings over the weekend, having not raced at Knockhill since 2015. He ended up qualifying in 11th place on the grid. He pushed hard in the tough, wet conditions on Sunday morning during the first Supersport race and worked his way through the field to a fantastic fourth place.   In race two he started from seventh on the grid, the race was dry but windy but Ben got one of his famous starts and was lying in fifth after the opening lap. Despite dropping back he got his head down and pushed hard to finish another strong fourth place.   Ross is still struggling to adapt fully to the Kawasaki and qualified down in 18th place. However he pushed hard during the opening sprint race to work his way through to a strong ninth place after the 15-laps.   He was placed 14th on the grid for the second race and also got a great start, he was soon moving up through the field and pushed hard to finish in a very good sixth place.   Ben Wilson – “I’m happy to get some more good points again but I’m struggling with chatter on the front end at the minute and we need to work on that then we can move forwards again as I want to be closer to the leaders.”   Ross Twyman – “It was another difficult weekend trying to find a direction to go in with the bike to make it work for me. I am still struggling to find a set-up where I can show my full potential and repay the team for all their hard work. We will continue to work hard until we find that feeling I need. Sixth in the feature race so we need to take the positives from that and carry it forwards to Snetterton. I know I can be fast there and hope we have a bit of luck on our side.   I would like to say a big thank you to Gearlink and my sponsors; A&E Brinkman, Dave Pierce, A-Skip and M&M Twyman for their continued support once again.”   Bennetts British Superbikes Fraser Rogers made a welcome return to Knockhill after badly breaking his arm at Oulton Park. Fraser was just in too much pain to compete in the two 30-lap races despite him qualifying in 24th place.   Fraser Rogers – “It was always going to be a big ask this weekend coming back to racing after breaking my arm at the start of May. I gave it my best shot but the pain got the better of me. I will continue to keep resting and working on my fitness to get back out there at Snetterton.”   Team Manager Michael de Bidaph – “All in all it was a good weekend and both Ben and Ross worked around problems to get some good results. Ben worked exceptionally hard to fight for two fourth places despite a few problems and Ross is still trying to find a suitable set-up but his sixth place in the main race was really good and I’m pleased with how they both rode.   We always knew it would be tough for Fraser to come back but it was good to get a run out on the bike to make sure everything was ok as the bike was destroyed in the crash. He did really well considering the pain he was in and we hope he can heal further before Snetterton.” #4NormaFacebook – www.facebook.com/GearlinkRacingTwitter – Gearlink KawasakiPictures by CamiPix Photography

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