It was a fantastic weekend for the Be Wiser Kawasaki team, the home round of their title sponsor Be Wiser at Thruxton circuit. In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class Nick Anderson gained his first podium of the season with a great 2nd place and his team-mate Joe Collier gained eighth place. In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class Josh Day finished in ninth place.
Nick Anderson had a strong qualifying session at the super-fast Thruxton circuit and was able to place himself sixth on the grid for the 14-lap race. Joe Collier struggled during qualifying and finished in 13th leaving himself a lot of work to do in the race.
Thruxton always produces some very exciting and thrilling racing due to the slip streaming possibilities down the back straight. Nick had a poor start and slipped back to eighth place on the opening lap but worked hard to stay with the leading group. He soon worked his way to fifth and was on the tail of the leaders, by lap five he was third but fighting and swapping places on every lap, leading as he crossed the line on lap eight. He rode extremely well and secured a brilliant second place as he crossed the line. Joe had to work his way through from a poor qualifying and he was locked in a battle of ten riders for seventh place, fighting hard throughout he ended up dropping a place on the line to finish eighth.
Nick Anderson - "I'm so happy to have got on the podium finally this year. It was hard at Brands and I was disappointed there that I wasn't able to push harder and get a podium but this certainly makes up for it. I was worried coming here as my size on a 600 was always going to be a disadvantage and I had no clue how I'd be able to get on so to come away with a podium is brilliant. Be Wiser also had a lot of guests here at the track and I'm pleased I was able to put on a good show for them. A huge thanks goes to all my personal sponsors for standing by me and I'm glad I've been able to repay them and obviously all the Be Wiser Kawasaki team."
Joe Collier - "I'm really disappointed with my result here at Thruxton, I just wasn't able to get a comfortable feel on the bike all weekend despite us making several changes. I was perhaps trying too hard in qualifying to go faster which in turn made me go slower. I left myself with a lot of work to do from 13th on the grid and I got an average start but got locked in a ten bike battle which tied us all up and we lost the time on the front runners. On the fourth lap I lost a knee slider and this really was a strange feeling as I rely on my knee position a lot whilst I'm racing so I had to be a bit more cautious on how I was riding, there is a huge hole in my leathers and I was lucky to get the result I did. I did what I could but I'm looking forward now to getting to Oulton Park next weekend."
In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Josh Day had one of his best qualifying sessions all year and qualified in eighth place for the 16-lap race. He got a steady start and was up to seventh after the opening lap. The front pack broke away and Josh was locked in his own battle but ended up finishing in ninth.
Josh Day - "I am pretty pleased with the result I got today, it is my local track here and I wanted to do well. I got a steady start and got a bit tied up in the opening laps and by the time everything had settled down the leading bunch had make a break. I finally managed to get my qualifying sorted out which gave me a big advantage come race day. I enjoyed the race and happy with my times, thanks to all at Be Wiser."
Team Owner/Manager Alan Greig - "During qualifying Nick and Josh both had a really good qualifying session and that gave them an advantage during the race. Joe struggled to find a good set up to suit him and ended up in 13th.
This was an important meeting for the team as it is the local round for our main sponsor Be Wiser and we had many guests and staff here supporting the team and we put them a good show on.
Nick had a fantastic battle throughout the race, taking the lead at one point. It was one of the best races of his career and he really showed his potential for the remaining rounds of the Championship. He worked hard and deserved that result and this should give him the confidence he needed for the rest of the season.
Joe rode well despite the fact he lost a knee slider, he came back into the pits with a big hole in his leathers and he was locked in a huge freight train of riders for seventh and he got eighth, it is solid points and helped with his Championship position.
Josh lost a couple of places on the start and made some ground in the opening laps by this stage the front pack had pulled away but he still put on a good show and did himself some favours in the overall Championship standings."
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