Knockhill Round 5
Dickies British Supersport
The fifth round of the Dickies British Supersport Championship took place this weekend at the Knockhill Circuit in Scotland. Ben Currie secured two second places and his team-mate James Westmoreland gained two thirds.
It was looking good for another strong weekend for Ben Currie and James Westmoreland as the Gearlink Kawasaki pairing were consistently towards the top of the time sheets during the practice sessions. Ben secured pole position for the opening Sprint race on Saturday with Westy also lined up on the front row in third.
Ben got another one of his awesome starts and led for 17 of the 18 laps, Jack Kennedy made a few challenges on him but he managed to fend him off until the final lap. Jack made a brave pass and Ben was just unable to get past him, finishing second by only 0.2. Westy was locked in his own battle a little further back but fought off David Allingham for third place.
For race two Ben started from second and Westy from third. Another good start saw Ben hit the front and once again he was being pursued by Jack Kennedy, Ben fought to the end and once again Jack lined up his pass on the closing lap and the likable Australian had to settle for second. Westy was locked in his own battle and was in fifth for the opening laps but he soon got his head down and made progress through the field to gain another third.
Ben Currie – “It was another really good weekend but despite all my efforts to beat Jack it just wasn’t possible. I was really trying to defend my line after the pass he made on me on Saturday but no matter where I defended he found a way past. I really did work hard for the race win and just look forward to Brands now. We’ve had some really good battles and I’m sure they will continue for the rest of the year. Thanks again to all the Gearlink Kawasaki team for their work this weekend.”
James Westmoreland – “It was a slightly better weekend than the previous races. I’m pleased to leave with two podiums as at the minute as we are lacking a bit pace on Ben and Jack. In every race I am trying to bridge the gap to the front. The first race was good, which gave me confidence for race two, I made the second race a bit hard for myself as I dropped back a bit off the start but we managed to pick it up and secure another podium.
We’ve had three podiums in the last four races so we are certainly going in the right direction. It was a tough start to the year, everyone in the team is working hard for the results. I am looking to build on this at Brands which is a track I enjoy riding. Thank you to everyone again this weekend.”
Bennetts British Superbike
In the Bennetts British Superbike class the Gearlink Kawasaki team ran Fraser Rogers. He continually improved his times throughout the weekend and started race one from 22nd place on the grid. He was running well but unfortunately ran on and laid it down in the gravel. For race two he started from 21st place and he finished just outside the points in 16th.
Fraser Rogers – “It’s been a great weekend from start to finish, I’ve chipped away and not done anything silly apart from a small mishap in race one where I ran onto the gravel at turn three. We’ve made steady progress with the bike all weekend and feel we are somewhere close now for Brands.
Finishing in 16th place in my second Superbike race is a good result for me and I hope we can take off from where we left off and move onto Brands a lot more competitive. I can’t thank the whole Gearlink Kawasaki team for their efforts this weekend; they’ve given everything to make me happy on the bike. Also thank you to all my sponsors, without them I wouldn’t be here. Roll on Brands!”
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph – “It was a really good weekend. Both the Supersport riders did exceptionally well at Knockhill securing podiums in both races. They were consistently at the top end of the time sheets throughout the weekend. Ben could not have done anything more to try and get the win, he fought so hard and I feel disappointed for him as he really deserved it. Westy turned a corner here and it is good to see him back with a bit of fight in his belly.
I’m really pleased with the progress that Fraser made this weekend. He worked hard throughout to get a good set-up and constantly brought his times down in each session. We were using this mainly as a testing weekend for him but he’s exceeded our expectations and we look forward to Brands.”
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