Gearlink Kawasaki at Brands Hatch GP Supersport

Motorpoint British Supersport

 Ben Wilson on the Gearlink Kawasaki had a steady weekend at round seven of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at the Brands Hatch GP Circuit securing a sixth and fifth place respectively in the two Motorpoint Supersport races. His team-mate Dan Cooper was unlucky to crash out uninjured into Druids corner in race one and was 13th in race two.

Both Supersport races were on Sunday, unlike previous rounds where the Supersport sprint race has been the previous day. Ben qualified on the front row for the opening 10-lap race and a bad start and with the pack bunching together on the opening lap Ben got run wide into Surtees corner and pushed him back to ninth place after the opening lap. He soon got his head down and started to make up the time but the front runners already had bridged a gap, he fought his way back through to sixth place at the finish.

In the second race he was placed on the front row again and he gained a reasonable start but once again it bunched up into turn two. He was riding in fifth place when the race was red flagged on lap nine due to an incident on the back straight. On the restart Ben was placed in fifth and another good start saw him through to fourth but was pushed back to fifth on the second lap once the pack sorted themselves out. He was unable to pass the front runners and had to settle for fifth place in the race but still remains in fourth place in the Championship standings.

Ben - "We had a reasonable weekend; however I was a bit gutted not to get on the podium in either race. Brands Hatch is one of my favourite circuits and I was hoping for some good results here, it was steady. I got bad starts in both races and the restart and that put me on the back foot and with a lot of work to do in each race. I got my head down and tried to put in some good laps times in both races and the Gearlink Kawasaki did feel better this weekend, hopefully we can get out and get some testing done before Cadwell at the end of August. I'm looking forward to getting there, it's my local round and I've had some very good results there in the past."

Dan Cooper had a progressive weekend for Gearlink Kawasaki, struggling to find a set-up he managed to qualify in 13th place for race one. After making a few changes to the gearing for the opening race, this caused him to carry more speed into Druids corner and he was unlucky to crash out of twelfth place on lap five of ten. In the second race he was running well until a problem with the front wheel being out of balance which forced him into the pits, fortunately for him the race was red flagged on the same lap and after some adjustments to his front wheel he was able to make the re-start and finish in 13th place.

Dan - "This is most likely my last weekend riding for the Gearlink Kawasaki team due to restricted budgets and I didn't have the weekend I was hoping for. It was hard only having two days on the GP circuit to get a good feel on the bike and it was hard to make the changes you needed to and then test them. We made progress all weekend and the bike felt good in race one, we had a front wheel problem in race two but the re-start allowed me to fix that. I would like to thank the Gearlink Kawasaki team for allowing me the opportunity to race their bike at the last few rounds and maybe if I can get some sponsorship sorted before the next rounds I can finish the season with them."

Metzeler Superstock 600s

Scott Hudson had a troubled weekend in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 class and despite improving his times over the weekend he was only able to secure 19th position. The 24-year-old who is still in his rookie year in the British Championship class had to get to grips with the Gearlink Kawasaki, he qualified in 20th place and despite a fantastic start that saw him lying in 16th place after the opening lap a big moment saw him drop back places from a points scoring position.

Scott - "I'm just really frustrated with myself as I know I can do good times around Brands Hatch as it's one of the few tracks I've been to before. I have worked hard all weekend to try and get a good result but it just wasn't meant to be. I had a big out the seat moment half way through the race and this really unsettled my rhythm which is a real shame as I was sitting in 15th place at the time. I just hope I can get back in the points at the final races of the year."

Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I'm relatively pleased about the weekend and the progress that we have managed to make in the Gearlink Kawasaki team. It's a shame the results weren't better for the progress we made and it would have been nice to get a podium but it just wasn't meant to be this weekend. We are now definitely moving in the right direction and we have made some changes that have worked well for us and brought us a little closer to the Triumphs.

We really want to be back near the front and back on the podium and hopefully the changes we are making and some testing before Cadwell might help our cause. We know Ben is more than capable of winning races and he proved that last year, we knew this year would be difficult and I guess every year can't be as good as the last but hopefully we can have a positive second half to the season.

Dan was just unfortunate this weekend with the crash and also a small bike problem in race two but he still managed to salvage some points from it. Scott is riding well but it is his rookie year and he needs to remember that, this Championship is difficult and the competition are very strong it's a whole new level to what he has been used to and we think he's doing a good job. He just needs to gain a bit of confidence and remember this is a learning season for him to make progress."

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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