The super successful Gearlink Kawasaki Racing Team completed their first 2012 test last week at Calafat in Spain. The team, Ben Wilson, David Jones and Scott Hudson enjoyed their first outing on the Kawasaki ZX6R. The team has been working hard through the off season in order to achieve good results in the forthcoming 2012 season.
Ben Wilson remains with the Gearlink team for 2012 in the hope to lift the British Supersport Championship, the title he missed out on by one single point last season. Ben was thoroughly disappointed to miss out on lifting the Championship and is more than eager to have another shot at it and hopefully go one step further forward.
At Calafat the team had a good shake down and pre-season test, the first of the year, they completed a number of laps over the two days. Despite all three riders having a crash none were injured and the bikes did not suffer any major damage they were able to continue setting up the Kawasaki's in preparation for the first round of the season at Brands Hatch on Easter Weekend.
Ben "It was really good to get back out on the Gearlink Kawasaki again; it feels like it's been a long off season. Last year was very challenging but it has made me more eager to want to win the Championship this year. We had a really good test, we had to make several changes on the first day but we got plenty of laps in and made good progress. We now have a good set up with the bike and hopefully this will show at the first round, I can't wait to get going again and be back riding for Gearlink Kawasaki."
David Jones remains with the team and despite not finishing 2011 the way he had hoped, with some crashes at the final round at Brands Hatch, the youngster is keen to put that behind him and prepare himself for his second full season in the main British Supersport class.
David "The testing in Spain went really well, I had an off on the first day but thankfully I was uninjured. It was a new track for me so I was learning the track as well as testing new things on the Kawasaki. It was good to be back out there after the winter break and shake off the cobwebs. I am now ready to get to the BSB tests and can't wait for the season to start."
The newest member of the team is recently turned 24-year-old Scott Hudson, Scott had never raced competively until 2011 where he won the BMCRC Rookie 600 class and makes his debut year in the National Superstock 600 Championship this year, which runs alongside the British Superbike series. Scott will have to learn a number of the tracks in the series but is hoping to have a good and productive learning year in the Championship.
Scott "I had a brilliant time in Spain with the Gearlink Kawasaki Team, for me it was all about doing as many laps as possible just to get used to the bike. I spent Monday just doing plenty of laps and getting a feel for the Kawasaki, on the Tuesday we started to make a few small changes to find a good set up. By Tuesday afternoon we'd made huge progress, the bike is brilliant and it makes me really want to get to Brands and get started. I'd like to thank all the Gearlink team for making me feel so welcome."
The Gearlink Kawasaki Team will be present at the Official BSB Tests this week at Brands Hatch Indy and Snetterton 300 - Wednesday 21st March and Thursday 22nd March.
2012 GEARLINK TEAM SPONSORS
AKRAPOVIC - B & C EXPRESS - DAYTONA (BEN) - GALFER - GB RACING - GEARLINK LTD - GIMOTO - GOODRIDGE - K-TECH - METZELER (STOCK 600'S) - MOTOCOMP - MWR AIR FILTERS - NGK - OCTANORM - PAZZO - PERFORMANCE PARTS - PRO CLEAN - PRO-BOLT - R & G RACING - RACE BY DESIGN - RENTHAL - ROCK OIL - SAMCO SPORT - SHARK HELMETS - SINNIS - SKIDMARX - SOLO SIGNS - SPEEDYCOM - SUDBROOKE BOILERS (BEN) -TSUBAKI - VALE LIVESTOCK - WELTECH (BEN)
2012 British Supersport Dates
DATE/VENUE6th - 9th April Brands Hatch Indy13th - 15th April Thruxton Circuit5th - 7th May Oulton Park25th - 27th May Snetterton 30022nd - 24th June Knockhill 6th - 8th July Oulton Park20th - 22nd July Brands Hatch GP25th - 27th August Cadwell Park7th - 9th September Donington Park21st - 23rd September Assen TT Circuit28th - 30th September Silverstone Circuit12th - 14th October Brands Hatch GP