The forth round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton was something of a roller coaster for Team WD-40 Superbike and the STAUFF Connect asademy.
Jack Kennedy was making his much antispated return after surgery Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie were excited after their testing results and Joe Irving was looking for much needed improvements
Practice did not reall go according to plan for the superbike boys both falling early, putting the team under pressure for qualifying, where the intenses competition in BSB found them low down the grid with work to do. I race one unfortunatly Taylor was forced to pull out with a problem from his crash but Jack was a different story. Starting 25th on the grid for the 16 lap race Jack made a good start and started to push forward finding himself in a race long battle with Championship leader James Ellison and former Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari for the final point. Jack did a fantastic job scoring his and our first Superbike points of the season.
Race 2 was a different affair with all our luck deserting us both Jack and Taylor were to retire early witha simular problem, Taylor much more visible than Jack. The resulting video has gone viral and Taylor was perfectly OK
The Stauff Connect Academy riders Taran Mackenzie and Joe Irving continued their excellent form and progress. Taz is on a real roll at the growing in confidence as his tallent shines through. Throughout practice and qualifying Tarran was with the front group finally qualifying front row in 3rd. Joe had his best quailfying today in 18th all part of a young riders learning curve. The race was shaping up to be a classic with all the top riders in contention. A good start by Taz saw him in contention when championship leader Mason Law went down in the early laps leaving Taz and Ben Curry to fight over the spoils. Taz broke the lap record twice to take the lead only to lose it on the last lap though no fault of his own and having to settle for 2nd place, moving to 3rd overall in the championship. Joe came home in 20th pace.
Josh Bannister fresh from his first national win was with the Team enjoying the British Superbike Championship atmosphere with his family when he was introduced to the legend 15 times World Champion Giacamo Agostini who signed his Team WD-40 shirt
The next race is at Knockhill in Scotland something we all particularly the Mackenzies are looking forward to.
Jack Kenndy leads Broc Parkes.
Jack Kennedy: “We struggled a bit in qualifying to find the speed to match the pace being set. It’s a tough job from 25th on the grid, it’s not where we wanted to be and I know we are capable of more. I got a decent enough start and kept my head down but with the hotter track temperature, the feeling from the front end wasn’t great making it was difficult to push any harder. I kept an eye on my pit board keeping the consistency lap after lap to cross the line in 15th. We made some changes for race two which really improved the feeling. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the engine had a technical issue forcing me to retire on the opening lap. It was all the more frustrating as I really felt confident I could push in that race. I’m gutted to say the least but I’ll move on to the next round in two weeks time at Knockhill and be ready to fight again. JK#44
Taylor Mackenzie: “Another tough weekend for me, but i was pleased to further improve my riding and prove when everything’s going right I can run in the top 20 now. I’m looking forward to Knockhill to see what I can do there !!
Josh meets Ago – Taz’s TV interview after Podium.
Tarran Mackenzie: “Snetterton for me was really good, I had a great qualifying ending up on the front row with good consistant lap times. In the race I didnt get the best of starts but but I managed to catch the leader by breaking the lap record within a few laps and I felt really comfortablesitting behind him. I lead a few laps but in the end i finished 2nd moving up to 3rd in the championship. I am feeling confident for Knockhill and the rest of the season”
Joe Irving: ” Me and my Team made some big steps forward with my best qualifying of the season so far. I was aiming for points in the race but a slow start left me with a lot of work to do. I am looking forward to Knockhill one of my favorite circuits.
Brent Gladwin: “Snetterton 2014 is where we turned our season around and we seem to have started that proccess again this year. The crashes put us back a little with Jack unfortunatly keeping his 100% record but Joe and Taylor joining in. Jack did a great job to score our first points and T-Mac’s stunt riding sent the Team image viral. Tarran is doing a fantastic job in a very competitive class and Joe is learning but he needs to push a little harder. Our Josh Bannister is becoming something of a star and typical of a 6 year old does not quite know his P’s and Q’s when meeting Legends ! when meeting Ago josh said ” Are you as good as Tom Sykes?” Ago smiled and said “I used to be” what a gentleman. Our next race is in Scotland where we will be involved with some great BSB PR for the event.