Motorsport News - Bike
Podiums and Crashes for Gearlink Kawasaki
28th May 2012
Motorpoint British Supersport
Ben Wilson had a steady weekend at the 2.9-mile Snetterton circuit this weekend riding for Gearlink Kawasaki on the Kawasaki Ninja-ZX-6R. After a hard fought first race battle with Jack Kennedy and Glen Richards for the win, he had to settle for third place in the opening 10-lap race. Sadly in the second race Ben was caught up in an incident, which saw him crashing out of the race from sixth place.
After a few initial set up problems on a circuit that has never been a strong one for the Gearlink Kawasaki team, Ben managed to qualify in fifth place. He gained an awesome start and was leading by the second corner. He was soon locked in a tight battle with Kennedy and Richards and the trio were exchanging places for the first few laps. They soon settled down into a rhythm and Ben had a few rear grip issues and had to bring the Gearlink Kawasaki home in third.
The second race was just as action packed, Ben once again gained the hole-shot from fourth place on the grid. He had the lead but touched the gravel on the exit to the back straight and he lost at least half a second allowing Richards to sneak through. The race became a 12 bike battle and Ben was sat in sixth place when a rider in front of him slowed drastically and Ben and Luke Jones had no-where to go forcing the pair of them to crash out of the race.
Ben Wilson - "I'm hugely disappointed with my results this weekend, it was good to get a podium yesterday as we've been struggling all weekend to get the Gearlink Kawasaki set up properly. We made a fair amount of changes over the weekend to try and get things more settled with the bike. We did struggle here last year and we knew we might be on the back foot coming here this season. I couldn't possibly do anything to avoid the crash in race two I became a sandwich and I just had nowhere to go, I'm gutted. I just hope things will change for the better at Knockhill."
Metzeler Superstock 600s
Scott Hudson qualified in 17th place on the grid for the 12-lap race at Snetterton and had been improving on his times all weekend. Despite a low qualifying position he gained a great start and was sitting in 11th after the opening lap by lap four he was up to ninth but had a small crash at Palmer and was unable to re-join and continue in the race due to the new BSB rules.
Scott Hudson - "I'm really gutted to have crashed out as I was running well in the race and felt really comfortable on the Gearlink Kawasaki and was eager to get some more good results after Donington. I was enjoying it and riding well and after a good start I was keen to run within the top ten again, the back just came round on me and that was me out. Gutted, I'd like to thank all the Gearlink Kawasaki team for all their hard work this weekend and sorry I couldn't get them a result. I need to get myself sorted during qualifying and try put in a good time to get me a higher place up on the grid."
Team Manager/Owner Michael de Bidaph - "Snetterton has always been a track we've struggled to get a good set up on the Gearlink Kawasaki, we struggled last year also so after many changes this weekend that maybe it was too much to change.
Ben as always has ridden extremely hard all weekend but was suffering with brake problems in the second race today, he just couldn't get the bike stopped and sadly was unable to get a result. I would like to thank all our team sponsors and sorry we couldn't get them a good result. It's been a difficult weekend and we hope to move things forward at the next round.
Scott was riding well during the race but we really need to try and get good times with him during qualifying so it puts him higher up on the grid so he does not have to fight his way through from mid pack to get some good results for the team.
We are still looking for another rider to partner Ben in the British Supersport Championship if anyone is interested then please get in touch with us, e-mail Gearlink@aol.com or call 07900 570900."
2012 GEARLINK TEAM SPONSORS
AKRAPOVIC - B & C EXPRESS - DAYTONA (BEN) - DBR - GALFER - GB RACING - GEARLINK LTD - GIMOTO - GOODS LIFT COMPANY, ANDOVER - GOODRIDGE - JON JESSOP PHOTOGRAPHY - K-TECH - METZELER (STOCK 600'S) - MOTOCOMP - MWR AIR FILTERS - NGK - OCTANORM - PAZZO - PERFORMANCE PARTS - PERFORMANCE FRICTION BRAKES - PRO CLEAN - PRO-BOLT - R & G RACING - RACE BY DESIGN - RENTHAL - ROCK OIL - SAMCO SPORT - SHARK HELMETS - SIGMA PERFORMANCE - SINNIS - SKIDMARX - SOLO SIGNS - SPEEDYCOM - SUDBROOKE BROILERS (BEN) - TIM TODD SURFACING (SCOTT) - TSUBAKI - TWO WHEEL MEDIA - VALE LIVESTOCK - WELTECH (BEN)
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