May 6th 2016
Sheffield based GR Motosport burst to the front in the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.
Both Team WD-40 Superbike and Stauff Connect Academy Supersport showed our true potential at the Cheshire venue with front running pace in both categories.
The MCE British Superbike Championship;- Team WD-40 down to just one rider for the moment after Sam Hornsey’s shock retirement, concentrated its efforts on Dubliner Jack Kennedy. Jack now fully fit from his wrist injury sustained in pre season testing, showed the pace we know both he and the Team WD-40 ZX10 are capable of. Jack and his crew did a fantastic job throughout qualify taking us through to Superpole, 8th on the grid and setting us up for 2 fantastic races.
Race 1;- Jack made a tremendous start in the tricky conditions grabbing second on the first lap of the televised 18 lap race. In the thick of a front running battle, Jack brought home his distinctive blue and yellow Team WD-40 Superbike home in a brilliant 7th place setting the Team up for the second race.
Race 2 :- the changing weather conditions caused concern to all the teams on just which tyre choice to go for. The options went from full wet to full dry with every combination in between. After our first race result we made our decision to put Jack in the strongest place to bring home more valuable points. Jack again made a fantastic start in the tricky conditions this time pushing his way into the lead. Our tyre choice would see jack push early and leave it to everyone else to try harder if the track dried which unfortunately it did in the last few laps. Jack brought his Team WD-40 superbike home in 9th place earning more valuable points.
Jack Kennedy:- “All in all, not a bad day with two top ten finishes in tricky conditions. I’m happy to get some points on the board and get the season properly started. Big up to Team WD40 for all their hard work, it’s just the boost we needed as a team after such a tough start to the season. Now we’ve shown we can run at the front, we can build on this and I’m hungry for more”.
Taz ready to start his STAUFF Conect Academy ZX6r
The Dickies British Supersport 600;- Qualifying did not quite go to plan for Stauff Connect Academy’s Taz Mackenzie ending 9th on the grid. His first race was all starting to look really good when a problem forced him out and down to 16th on the grid for the start of the second race. Tarran made a reasonable start then started to carve his way through the field posting fastest laps. He forced his way into 2nd and set out after the leader who had pulled a 3 second lead. Again pushing the lap times Tarran close the gap to 1 second when on the 10th lap the rain started to fall in the dry race. Taz was the first rider to get caught out, crashing just a fraction of a second before the race was stopped where the rules left him out of the result..
Tarran Mackenzie:- Although I didn’t finish both races, for me my weekend was very positive. I qualified 9th on Sunday and was battling for a top 5 finish in the wet race until I had a mechanical issue which made me pull into the pits. On Monday the track dried out for my second race so I was confident I could make a good job even though I was starting from 16th position. I made my way all the way up to 2nd position and reduced the gap to the leader from 3 seconds to 1.4, setting the fastest lap along the way until a mistake on my behalf made me crash out just a split second before they red flagged the race because of the rain. I’m feeling so confident now with the bike I can’t wait to get back out at Brands Indy.
Sam Atkinson #127 continues great form.
MotoX ;- Its fantastic to be able report that STAUFF Connect Academy MotoX start ‘Sam Atkinson’ continues his brilliant form. Sam currently lying 8th overall in the British Youth Nationals took his first National podium at Preston Dock Judd MX and won last weekend. We are extremely proud of what all the youngsters are doing but Sam is flying our flag alone in MotoX brilliantly !
Brent Gladwin, GR Motosport Managing Director:- “Everyone is doing a fantastic job at the moment, Jack finally showed our full potential in Superbike and Taz now knows what we are all capable of in Supersport. Sam Hornsey’s shock decision to retired has again caused continued controversy and left the team looking for his replacement. We will only field Jack and Tarran at Brands giving us the opportunity to give correct thought to our line up.
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