Gearlink Kawasaki Thruxton review

Dickies British SupersportThe Gearlink Kawasaki team had a much more successful weekend at round six of the Dickies British Supersport at the ultra-fast Thruxton Circuit. Mason Law had another confidence boosting round with a fifth and a very unusual joint third place. His new team-mate and Ulsterman Andrew Irwin had a great start with his new team with two solid ninth places. Sadly due to a technical regulation both Mason and Andrew were excluded from the second race on Sunday.Mason had a good round at Snetterton and after some bad luck in the opening rounds things have taken a big step in the right direction. The youngster was looking good throughout the weekend and showed the form he showed at the start of the season. He was fifth in qualifying for the opening Sprint race on Saturday and he was up battling with the front bunch with positions changing round each lap. He worked hard during the 12-laps and got the better of Luke Jones over the line and took fifth.He started from eighth in race two on Sunday and got another great start and was through to fifth after lap one. He was locked in a tight battle for the opening laps with Andy Reid, Taylor Mackenzie, Bradley Ray, Ben Currie and Andrew Irwin. He was battling hard and on lap 13 managed to take the lead from Andy Reid. Four were going for the win and it ended up with Andy Reid winning, Brad Ray in second and then Mason and Tarran Mackenzie were a very rare joint third place after they could not be separated on a photo finish!This weekend Andrew Irwin joined the Gearlink Kawasaki team and he had a great debut Supersport weekend. He spent Friday trying to learn the bike and get a suitable set-up and had a small issue Friday afternoon so he missed the session. Therefore he had a tough qualifying session and had to settle for 21st position.The young Ulsterman pushed hard during the opening race and possibly had one of the rides of the weekend slowly picking off riders during the short race. He got an incredible start and was 16th after lap one, he kept pushing forwards and worked his way up to a brilliant top ten finish in ninth. He moved up to seventh on the grid for race two and once again the close racing was very tight and he was ninth at the line.The top six bikes in the race are taken to scrutineering and due to a huge oversight by the team they had not seen a change in the rule book from last season. The team believe that there is no performance enhancement to be gained by this oversight and all they can do is apologise profusely to all their loyal sponsors and also to both Mason and Andrew who had no knowledge of this. This has never happened to the Gearlink team and they are very sorry to be in this situation.Mason Law - "Firstly I would like to concentrate on the positives. We made some big steps forwards again this weekend and we were really pleased with the progress and the changes that we did. I felt really happy and comfortable on the Gearlink Kawasaki and I was really happy with the results that we achieved.The long race suits me better than the sprint race, my fitness is good and I was looking forward to it. It was a tough battle though and with the track being so abrasive I had absolutely no grip at all in the final four laps and the tyre was destroyed when I came into parc ferme. It was good to be back battling near the front and giving it my best shot.I got the call on the way home about the infringement and I am just so disappointed as it is heart-breaking when you put your all into it and it gets taken away from you. I don't believe the problem was performance enhancing and hope we can get good results at Brands to prove that. It was good to get some TV coverage and also the opportunity to thank my sponsors who have stood by me through the tough start to the season. I must say a big thank you to the team for all their hard work again over the weekend."Andrew Irwin - "To start off with I would like to thank Michael and Norma for the fantastic opportunity to join their Gearlink Kawasaki team, it was always going to be a learning weekend with having very little track time.Qualifying 21st wasn't ideal but to get to 9th in the race wasn't too bad. In the second race I struggled a little and ended up in ninth again but it wasn't for lack of trying. Although we unfortunately got disqualified and I feel really sorry for Mason and all the guys in the team who worked so hard but it was nobody's fault, just a mistake. A massive thanks to all the team and my personal sponsors and I can't wait for Brands."MCE British SuperbikeIn the MCE British Superbike series, the Gearlink Kawasaki rider, Italian Vittorio Iannuzzo, had a solid finish in race one in 23rd and his times were much better in race two and he rode very well, 23rd place again did not reflect the effort that he put in.Vittorio Iannuzzo - "I am happy with how today went. The position doesn't reflect the progress we made. The times were coming down all weekend and it was enjoyable to ride the bike here at Thruxton and fight with some of the top BSB riders.We worked well and I was only disappointed with the qualifying. I think our Championship started today and I have more experience on the bike and now we are going to tracks that I have a little more knowledge of."Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "I really am truly devastated about the situation in the Supersport race today. We have made a huge mistake and it has been a total oversight on our behalf. I thought our luck had just started to change as both riders really did ride well all weekend.A rule change from last year was totally overlooked and something that I believe would not enhance the performance of the riders here this weekend. I offer my sincere apologies to Mason and Andrew and to our sponsors for this mistake and I just hope that we can move on from this and get some good results at Brands Hatch and secure the good reputation we have always had.I must congratulate Vittorio on his weekend; he improved all the time and set his best times in the second race. He really is beginning to get a good feeling with the bike and I feel we have made some really good progress and the results do not justify the work and effort he has put in. I hope now we can continue to move forward for the remainder of the season."2016 GEARLINK TEAM SPONSORSAKRAPOVIC - B & C EXPRESS - DAYTONA - DBR - E2E - FERIDAX - FORCEFIELD - GALFER - GB RACING - GEARLINK LTD - GOODRIDGE - HJC HELMETS - JOHNY WILLS PHOTOGRAPHY - K-TECH - MAXXIS - MOTOREX - MWR AIR FILTERS - NGK SPARK PLUGS - OXFORD PRODUCTS - PERFORMANCE PARTS - PERFORMANCE FRICTION BRAKES - PRO-BOLT - R & G RACING - RENTHAL -RICETTI - SAMCO SPORT - SCOTT LEATHERS - SHOEI HELMETS - SIGMA PERFORMANCE - SINNIS - SKIDMARX - SOLO SIGNS - SPORT & MEDIA - TSUBAKI - XPRESS COFFEE