The Be Wiser Kawasaki team had a heart stopping weekend at the final round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch. Joe Collier racing in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship took third place in the race and third in the Championship, his team-mate finished in fifth in the race and fourth in the Championship standings. Josh Wainwright finished in 23rd place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, the Be Wiser Kawasaki team were once again hit by the autumn weather and second qualifying was too wet and cold for the riders to improve their times from first qualifying on Friday. Joe qualified in third place on the front row and Nick just behind in fourth.
Joe went to Brands with a one point lead in the Championship and the top three in the series were separated by four points, whoever finished in front of the other would become the Champion. Joe plus his rivals Andy Reid and Kyle Ryde provided one of the best races of the weekend and all three rode a hugely impressive and professional race, all swapped positions throughout the race. Joe managed to take the lead and was fighting off the duo behind him but a huge moment out the back of the circuit where Joe took to the grass lost him time and the Championship as he re-joined in third and despite his best efforts was unable to make a move on the closing laps.
His team-mate Nick Anderson was riding well all weekend and got a steady start but ended up riding a lonely race in fifth place. He struggled off the start and dropped to eighth at the end of the first lap, he worked hard and managed to make some clean passes to move him up to fifth, where he rode a lonely race until the chequered flag.
Joe Collier - "I knew this weekend would be tough and I tried to keep my cool all weekend, we were all on the front row so I knew it would be a battle to the end. All three of us, Kyle, Andy and myself did everything we could possibly do to try and win today. It was a great race and battle to the end between the three of us.
I'm so disappointed not to have been able to win the race and at one point when I was leading I could see the Championship and knew I just had to knuckle down and keep pushing to the end. I made a slight mistake and ran onto the wet grass at one of the fastest corners on the circuit, I kept on the throttle and re-joined but in third. I really did try everything I had to try and win but it just wasn't to be.
Thanks to Kyle and Andy for a fantastic season and probably one of the most exciting races I've been involved in. Thank you so much to all the Be Wiser Kawasaki team for everything they have done this season and all my personal sponsors for helping me again this year."
Nick Anderson - "I knew as I came to Brands I couldn't go any higher up in the Championship and really wanted to help Joe go for the win but I had a few issues with the bike on Friday, the team worked really hard to get everything sorted for me. I slipped back places off the start and pushed hard to finish fifth. It's been a great season and I've learnt so much as a rider, I thank everyone for their help this season and a huge thank you to the Be Wiser Kawasaki team for all their effort and support this season."
In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Josh Wainwright had another steady weekend with the Be Wiser Kawasaki Team, qualifying in 24th place for the 14-lap race. He pushed hard in the race but ended up 23rd.
Josh Wainwright - "I was struggling this weekend to find a set-up on the bike but thank the Be Wiser Kawasaki team for the opportunity to ride for them at the last few races of the season. I had a big crash on Friday and the mechanics worked so hard to get the bike fixed but I just wasn't able to get a result to repay them for their hard work."
Team Owner/Manager Alan Greig - "We knew this weekend was all about the Superstock 600 Championship and that it would go down to the wire. All three Championship contenders qualified on the front row so we were expecting an exciting race.
The race was epic and the three Championship rivals rode such a professional and mature race, they rode with respect and aggression and sadly Joe made a small mistake in the closing stages whilst leading which saw the Championship dreams disappear. Joe looked comfortable and strong for the entire race setting some very consistent lap times but once he ran wide that was race over despite his best efforts.
We have had a fantastic year with the Be Wiser Kawasaki team with Joe finishing the series in third and Nick in fourth, both riders have been a pleasure to work with and the results have been perfect. Thank you to everyone involved especially all our sponsors and we look forward to our new venture next season in the British Superbike Championship."
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