Mixed fortunes for Sheffield based GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and the Stauff Connect academy at Cadwell Park, the 8th round of the MCE British Superbike Championships.Taylor was rushed to hospital for surgery to remove appendix.Tarran takes Pole and Jack breaks his left leg.
MCE British Superbike practice and qualifying didn’t start well when after 6 laps Taylor pulled in feeling unwell. After examination by the BSB medical team he was taken to hospital for his appendix removing leaving Jack as the sole Team WD-40 rider. Jack now fully recovered from his high speed Thruxton spill made the most of the Teams attention getting through to Q3 securing 10th on the grid.
Race 1, was in question for Team WD-40 Superbike when Jack crashed in morning warm-up breaking his left fibia. Again Team WD-40 made use of the BSB medical team’s expertise where it was decided that Jack could races after special strapping of the leg. An extremely sore Jack Kennedy made a good start holding his10th place and sitting on the back of the leading group unable to attack because of the leg. Jack battled for the whole race to hold on bringing home a stunning 11th place and smiles as his crew lifted him off the bike at the finish.
Race 2, although now very sore Jack buoyed by the results of the first race, made another good start but finding his way a little further back in the field just outside the points. Conserving his strength Jack sat with the group until the last few laps of the 18 lap race, when he focused and pushed hard to grab more BSB points in 14th place.Two good results on the day, but leaving a feeling of what if.
Pirelli National Superstock 600 Stauff Connect Academy rider, Tarran Mackenzie continued his recent sizzling form throughout practice and qualifying pushing to his 2nd pole position of the year just 0.0002 ahead of the Championship leader. All the hard was was to no avail as Tarran was unable to maximize the position crashing out of the lead in the early stages of the race. Fortunately Taz was unhurt and able to hold onto his 3rd place in the championship as we move back to Oulton where Taz scored his first pole of the season.
Taylor suffers watching TSL live timing from his hospital bed
Jack Kennedy: “I feel we have turned things up another notch this weekend and have come away from Cadwell stronger than before showing a great pace and two point scoring finishes. In every session we moved forward and after a good qualifying we made a few small tweeks in morning warm-up to try to further improve. Unfortunately I had a tip off and was unlucky to fracture my left leg. It’s fair to say they were the toughest races I’ve ever had but I had a consistent pace in both and dug deep to finish in 11th & 14th and with a broken fibula, I’ll take that! It’s a pity I picked up the injury because I think we could have finished higher up the order but it was a great team effort particularly by my crew chief, Andy and spanner men, Martin and Tim who always work flat out behind the scenes. Also big thanks to everyone who looked after me, marshals, medics and in particular the BSB Physio’s who did their magic me to get me back out to race. All in all I’m feeling positive and once we keep moving forward I’m happy. Hopefully my leg will be a bit stronger in two weeks time when we have the triple header at Oulton Park.
Taylor Mackenzie: “My weekend didn’t quite go to plan as I woke up Friday morning with severe stomach pains. I managed to sneak out on my bike but after I’d jumped the mountain a couple of times my appendix decided it had had enough and wasn’t keen on going for a ride much longer. I was taken to hospital later that day and after not eating for two days waiting for an operation, I eventually had it removed on Sunday. I managed to come round in time to watch all the racing from my bed on Sunday and came home yesterday (Monday). The doctor told me it should be at least 5-6 days before I can ride again…well she might of said weeks actually but I’ll pretend she said days. Joking aside I’m hoping to be back on a bike as soon as possible and will keep you all informed.
Tarran Mackenzie: “I had a very disappointing end to an awesome weekend! After setting some really good lap times in qualifying I managed to secure my 2nd pole position of the year so I was really looking forward to the race. In the race I made a big mistake at the end of the back straight, out braking myself and then hitting a false neutral. I couldn’t stop the bike and lost the front, crashing out of the race. I’m really annoyed with myself as for the past 4 races I’ve had some really strong results so I’m sorry to my team and sponsors and I’ll come back to Oulton Park even stronger! ”
Brent Gladwin “I thought the saying was ‘The Luck of the Irish’ well we have Dublin’s Jack Kennedy but not much luck at Cadwell Park.
Taylor came to us early on Friday morning saying he’d been up all night with stomach pain. He had visited the med centre who advised that he could have a problem with his Appendix. Taylor as all good riders do, put the pain to one side for free practice. A few laps later he was back in the Med centre and from there onto hospital for surgical removal of his Appendix.
Jack and his crew were left to uphold the honour of Team WD-40 Superbike, which throughout practice and qualifying they did, with 10th on the grid. Unfortunately it went wrong in morning warm-up when Jack crashed breaking his left fibia. He had the leg strapped and raced to points in both races a true warrior.
Our Tarran and his Stauff Connect Academy crew never put a foot wrong all weekend until the opening lap of their race, when a mistake ended in him crashing out of the lead. The weekend left us all with the thoughts of what could have been, but now we are working toward the next BSB race at Oulton Park in 2 weeks time.
This coming weekend we have another focus, and that is our participation in the racing events of the British MotoGP at Silverstone. I am not quite sure what it is going to be other than fun. Josh Bannister is to race against the best of Europe’s Mini Moto riders, and Geoff Crust is going head to head with Niall Mackenzie and others in the reformulation of the hit 1980’s ‘Yamaha LC Pro-am Challenge.
It’s going to be a steep learning curve for everyone at Silverstone. Josh to see his level against Europe’s best and Crusty and Niall’s realisation of just how old they are, and I am not quite sure which will be the bigger shock – Oh yes and I am on the spanners. The Yamaha Pro-am and Josh’s Mini Moto will all be based down at ‘The Wing’ a highly recommended point of visit for your weekend to see both young and old alike enjoying life to the full.
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