It was round four of the Red Bull Pro Nationals Championship at the seaside town of Whitby at the weekend. The MJW Kick Kawasaki team had another strong weekend in the Rookie Championship with Rob Davidson finishing fourth over the four races and Will Keogh in 18th.
Rob Davidson - "I was looking forward to Whitby with having a good result at the British Masters there I knew I had the speed. My speed in all four races was good enough to win but I just wasn't able to get the start that I needed to win but is wasn't the worst results I've had.
I left the track with a fourth overall, it's not ideal but it's still consistent and good Championship points. I want to look forward to the next round now and also moving up to the MX2 class for the remainder of the season and hopefully get the results I want going into the last few rounds of the season.
Once again a big thank you to the MJW Kick Kawasaki team and the massive help we are getting from all the sponsors, it's much appreciated."
Will Keogh - "I came away a bit better from Whitby than I did from Culham and I felt a bit better on the bike. The first race was struck by a problem when all of a sudden the heavens opened and it started raining and I was forced to pull in to change goggles, I managed to finish in 28th.
In the second race the track had started to dry out and I felt more confident and fought through the pack to make it to 19th. On the first race on the Sunday I was a little off the pace along with the track being slick I couldn't make up many positions off the gate and ended up 20th. As has been consistent in the recent races my performance has got better as the weekend has gone on, I had more confidence and more fun out on the track and finished in 16th placing me 18th overall. Things seem much better now and I just need to relax and enjoy it more in the opening races but it's still all a learning curve. Thanks again to all involved in helping me this season."
Team Owner Mark Woodage said - "Unfortunately I was unable to attend Whitby, one of my favourite events.
The MJW Kick Kawasaki boys did really well again, and pleased that Will has found his speed now and is ready for a strong top ten finish. We just need to work on starts with Rob, as he clearly shows time after time, he is the fastest rider on track, especially towards the end of the moto, which I guess puts him in good shape for his pro season next year.
It's also good that we have agreed terms with Kawasaki again for 2014 and we have already expanded our team signing this week with Will Jeonney. It's great to have a talent like Will on the team and another good youngster to follow in the youth program alongside Will Keogh. Having achieved our first British Championship win with Rob this season, and keeping Rob for next year while he turns Pro, the two youngsters Will and Will have a lot to look forward too.
With support from Kawasaki Motors UK going into our second year, we aim to strengthen the youth program especially with the new Kawasaki KX85 coming out next month. It's really important for us here at MJW Kawasaki to keep the youth program running and find new talent, so hopefully we can catapult them into the pro series one day with support from our own team, like we have with Rob.
It will still also be nice to add a third youth rider to the MJW Kick Kawasaki squad, to grab the title for the team like Rob did this year. I have spoken already to a few riders but will wait till the end of the season before making any decision. Also the new KX85 is due out in August where we will start our new Youth academy squad with more news coming shortly.