The MCE British Superbike Championship: – Another hard weekend for the Superbikes, Jack Kennedy still not fully recovered from his crash and Josh Hook at another new track. Cadwell is not an easy place to learn and Josh had to do it in a short time. He made a forced error around the very fast Chris’s Curve in practice when another rider put him on the grass but over all he did a great job just missing out on the points in both races.
Jack made good progress throughout practice. Unfortunately the typical Cadwell problem of the chain jumping off in qualifying which left him at the back of the grid. In the first race he got a good start and fought with Josh for race distance to get the better of him at the finish. In the second race Jack was hit by another rider aggravating the elbow injury and forcing him out of the race.
Jack Kennedy #44 and Josh Hook #16
Jack Kennedy:- “We approached Cadwell Park with a slightly different approach using free practice to gauge tyre life with long runs and race simulations. We made good progress throughout the weekend until qualifying when a mechanical fault two laps in, ended any hope of a good qualifying position. Starting from the last row of the grid in race one was never going to be easy, particularly at Cadwell but I dug deep to cross the line in 19th. After the opening lap melee of race two, I got clipped on my already badly bruised and infected elbow forcing me to retire with the pain. It’s disappointing but I will get myself fixed up and go again twice as hard at Oulton. JK#44
Josh Hook: – “It was a weekend of learning and moving forward as a team, I would have liked to put it in points but we will take the positives into the next round at Oulton. Huge thanks the boys Danny, Dicko, Ash and the whole crew at Team WD-40 for giving their all. The Fans were awesome! Atmosphere second to none, I loved it. Now I am off to see my mate Jack Millar at the British MotoGP and then its Oulton Park can’t wait.
Tarran Mackenzie: – I had a very tough weekend at Cadwell with a 9th and a 5th. As a team we were trying hard each session to improve things which we finally managed to do in the last race, where I was a bit closer to the leaders. I’ve dropped to 2nd in the championship but only 3 points behind so I’ll be working hard to come back at Oulton, fighting for the win!
Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “Tough weekend all together for the Team with damage limitation for Taz. Tarran did a good job while still on the mend from his high speed off at Brands. The Championship is tight, but there are still 4 rounds with 8 races to go so anything can happen and the Stauff Connect Academy crew will continue, race by race towards their goal.
The Team WD-40 Superbikes have a lot of work to do. Josh is always on the back foot learning new tracks, but he is making good progress with his crew. He has two more new tracks ahead of him then 2 tracks he knows so we can see his full potential for the future. Jack continues to struggle with injuries, but I hope he is fully fit for the last few races as he needs to show he can get back to the form we know he should have.
It’s the Silverstone British MotoGP this weekend where we all are looking forward to what the Brits can deliver and we wish them all well. But the most important and potentially most entertaining race will be on Saturday, where Big Geoff and Niall Mac will join the other ex racers of their era for the Yamaha Pro, something I am not going to miss.