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Superstock Championship Lead And Two Superbike Top 10s For Tsingtao Wk Kawasaki
Posted by: newsla on May 07, 2014 - 07:09 AM
Superstock Championship Lead And Two Superbike Top 10s For Tsingtao Wk Kawasaki

THE mighty Tsingtao WK Kawasaki team have returned home from the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with another hefty haul of points and in command of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.


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On the whole it was a successful second round for the five-rider team as the series headed to Oulton Park, and left with more silverware in the hands of Superstock pilot Danny Buchan, while Superbike rider Jon Kirkham got his 2014 season off the ground with two top 10 finishes.

Kirkham, who was forced to pull out of the second race at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago after suffering concussion in a crash, was determined to make an impression as the championship arrived for its first of two visits to the Cheshire track. Never straying far from the top 10 during the weekend’s free practice sessions, he qualified 12th for the opening race on Bank Holiday Monday.

Despite a bad start where he dropped a handful of places, he soon began to pick up the pace, and with it progressed through the field to finally cross the line ninth. Qualifying 13th for the second race, this time he got a clean getaway and made up a couple of places in the opening lap. But on Lap 10 a small technical problem hit and after considering whether or not to pull in, he decided to stick it out and managed to nurse his machine home in a solid 10th position.

But once again the day belonged to Danny Buchan, who never once looked in danger as he dominated the Superstock 1000 class, topping the timesheets in every session before going out to take another lights-to-flag victory, never once coming under any pressure.

His Stock 1000 team-mate Kyle Wilks was unlucky to suffer a gearbox problem two laps from home which forced him to retire. After qualifying 24th, he had been looking good for a solid finish.

There was further bad luck in store for Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship rider Ben Godfrey, who had been as dominant in his class as Buchan had in his, topping the timesheets early in the weekend and taking pole. But things didn’t go to plan when he got a bad start, and then made a mistake going into the final corner on the first lap and crashed out.

Across in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, roads man Dan Cooper enjoyed two solid races and grabbed 16th in the first race and 18th in the second in his final race before his road racing season gets underway at the North West 200 next week.

Jon Kirkham, Superbike: “I’m a bit disappointed we had that problem in the second race because the bike was feeling great until then and I’m sure we could’ve pushed harder and got a really good result. I was right on the group battling for seventh when it happened but I can’t complain too much about two top 10 finishes. After Brands Hatch I feel we’ve achieved a lot more here this weekend and it all looks good moving forward for the rest of the season.”

Danny Buchan, Superstock 1000: ““It’s obviously been another great weekend. We’ve been quick from the start, we got pole and finished the day with another win and another maximum points haul. It’s been amazing. The team have built a fantastic bike and it’s great that I can pay them back with another win for all of their hard work behind the scenes. We’ve got six weeks now until the next race and we’ve got some testing coming up so we can keep on top of our game. Hopefully we can come back at Snetterton and bring home another 25 points.”

Kyle Wilks, Superstock 1000: “The race didn’t go as we’d planned but all in all it was a positive weekend. We were just unfortunate that a gearbox problem scuppered the race for us, but we’ve learnt a lot and have plenty to take with us going forward to Snetterton.”

Ben Godfrey, Superstock 600: “It was my mistake really. I just got a bad start and I think I just messed myself up really. After I got that bad start I dropped back to fifth and I had to start pushing. I think I just rushed into it and I lost it myself at the final corner on the opening lap. It’s one of those annoying mistakes. I haven’t put a foot wrong this weekend and then I got to the race and just messed up. It’s hard, because we’ve been so strong all weekend, so to throw it all away in the first lap is really difficult.”

Dan Cooper, Supersport: “It wasn’t too bad a weekend, it was our final chance for some racing before we go to the North West 200 and I think we achieved what we set out to do. Now I’m just focussing on my road racing season, and I’m pleased to have come away from Oulton with two top 20s.

Dave Tyson, Team owner/manager: “Another great weekend, Danny was absolutely faultless from start to finish as we knew he would be. He did what he set out to do and just took control of the whole show. He’s got all the tools he needs and he’s proving he is the best rider out there on the best package. He’s full of confidence.
“In Superbike, Jon did a great job too. He’s a bit a bit disappointed that he didn’t get to chase for a top seven but that’s just how he is. He’s a competitive and very talented rider and we’ve seen him climb higher each time he’s gone out this weekend. After missing most of Brands Hatch, it was always going to be a tough one but he’s come back strong and showed the rest of them he can be a contender this year.

“Kyle and Ben were both unlucky. Kyle’s weekend started really well and the improvements made here are plain to see. As for Ben, he’s another talented rider who proved he too deserves to be at the front. He made a mistake, people make mistakes, he’ll get over it and he’ll be back stronger at the next one.
“As for Dan, he did exactly what I wanted him to do - go out there, use it as testing and get as good a feel for the bike as he could before the North West. Yes, there have been a few lows this weekend but they’ve balanced by the highs. As a team we’re strong and we’re all excited about what the rest of the season has in store.”

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