The second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brand Hatch was a mixed weekend for GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 / STAUFF Quick Connect Academy.
The mixed weather conditions continue to play a part in all testing and results. Mason Law’s rookie season in Superbike is developing to plan as he becomes more familiar with running in the premier class aboard the Team WD-40 ZX10RR. Mason continues to be in the zone with the other Rookies again just outside the points, but we feel that our initial points goal will be in reach quite soon.
In Superstock 1000, Alastair Seely continues to bring home strong qualifying and race finishes aboard Stauff Quick Connect Academy ZX10RR. Qualifying 7th and taking 5th and 6th places in the Saturday sprint and Sunday feature races place Ali a current 6th in the Championship standings. There is still huge potential for improvement as the Team learn more about how to get the best out of the set-up for the Wee Wizard in coming rounds.
The all new DR Moto-3 made its race debut to mixed results with young Liam struggling a little to maximise all the benefits of this fantastic new chassis in its early stages of development, but still managed to score points in both races with a 9th and 14th. There is huge potential here to be maximised and with a testing and development program in place we would expect the results to grow throughout the season ahead…
Mason Law, Team WD-40 Superbike:- “I have to say there are tons of positives to take from the weekend at Brands Hatch, and even more than we had at Donington Park during round one
“We had a new setting in the front of the bike that was very positive and a real step forward for me which is really good.
“We haven’t really put in a lot of laps on the ‘zero’ Pirelli slick, so again that was a learning experience. I know I need to work on getting more out of the [rear] tyre in the opening laps of a qualifying session. I’m comfortable with long runs but did struggle to put one flying lap together. I have good pace at the end of race, but it’s a little too late then as the guys in front have already cleared off.”
“For race two we made a change again and got stuck in; then it started to rain and I was looking forward to a wet restart having been eleventh on Friday in similar conditions.
“I got what I had hoped for, but for whatever reason in the race, I just had no grip at all from about lap three on. The bike was spinning up everywhere, but it is what it is and the team is looking into it. I feel we can hold our heads high and move on now to Oulton Park, after an upcoming official test there first, which is good for me personally, as I can get some laps in on the Team WD-40 Kawasaki Superbike before the May Day Bank Holiday meeting.”
Alastair Seeley, STAUFF Quick Connect Academy Superstock 1000:- “I qualified 7th which put us on high side of grid to get a good run down the hill into turn one for the first race. I made a reasonable start but got shuffled back a little which I did not like, I fought back hard and came through to finish up a strong 6th.
“We Made quite a few changes for Warm in the clutch & engine braking areas which needed tweaking a little for race2.
Race2 I got a really bad start leaving me a lot of work to do, by lap7 I had fought back up to 4th and I was in a duel with collier on the Aprilia for the rest of race and finished 5th.
“Sector2 really hurt us all weekend so we will study data and try figure out what was holding us back in that sector as I felt with a few more tenths we would have been challenging for podium spots.
“Next up is the official Oulton park test where my crew chief and I will make a plan to go through a lot of experimental work to help me understand the ZX10RR more.
Liam Delves, STAUFF Quick Connect Academy MotoStar:- “It was great to be back at Brands Hatch and racing in the first round of the Motostar Championship on the DR-Moto. Dean has done a great job and now Mark and my crew are working to get the best out of me for the little bike. Its great fun to ride but I have to learn much more about it and how to get the best from me and then the DR. We have arranged more track time before the next race at Oulton so we will be a bit better there.
Brent Gladwin, Managing Director of GR Motosport, said: “We had quite a weekend at Brands and its strange sitting here looking out of the office window to brilliant sunshine remembering the weather we all went through…
“It was fantastic to welcome SCANIA’s Marketing Team and look forward to the release of their behind the scenes first short film..
“Mason is settling in well with the superbike and as he works more closely with Geoff and Danny I think we will start to see the true potential of this little group.
“Alastair is doing a good job learning the ZX10rr. Because of his perfect jockey stature, we have having to move things around for him to make his position on the bike just right. We all know Ali’s history and potential in this class.
“Liam has a lot of hard work to do to find his true potential. The Little DR Moto as you have seen is just a beautiful bit of kit, I wish I was a lot smaller and younger to give it a go – We have some testing planned and are looking at other ways to progress the bike so more news on that soon …
“Next is the official BSB test on the 26th at Oulton and ten its Oulton BSB which we are really looking forward to !!