STAUFF CONNECT ACADEMY’s Superstock 1000 rider Mason ‘Outlaw’ Law showed his steel by fighting back from dead last to 4th over the 2 BSB support races at Donington Park’s WSB event on the Kawasaki ZX10RR
The 21-year-old rookie from Benfleet Essex continues to show great promise and growing skill as he continues to adapt to the 1000cc machines.
Law, and his crew are really getting to understand the ZX10RR’s capabilities and with the Team able to focus on just one class over the weekend we were hoping for great things. Free practice started well with Mason taking 3rd place and then on to qualifying. Things were a little more competitive and it took until the last few minutes to get everything together, where on the last lap Mason was running a pole position time just to loss it in the last sector through no fault of his own and had to settle for 9th on the grid.
The strange Pirelli National Superstock program sees two eighteen lap races back to back with a 15-minute brake to refuel and fit new tyres. You have to finish the first race to be eligible to start the second. Mason made a fantastic start in race one jumping into third place only to have another rider stupid move punt Mason off track at very high speed. Mason had to use all his many year’s motocross skills to stay on-board the big Kawasaki getting back on track in dead last place some 20 seconds behind 34th place rider… Understanding he had to finish and showing his steal, Mason started an incredible fight back. Lapping at front running pace he fought into the points and 15th place on the grid for race Two.
Another brilliant Start from 15th and Mason was in the thick of the action soon into the top ten and moving forward with a couple of laps to go he grabbed a stunning 4th place and more valuable points in the championship.
Mason Law:- “We had a good start to the weekend with P3 in Free Practice 1. Unfortunately qualifying didn’t quite go to plan. It was a busy session and a lack of clear track meant I ended up ninth.
Inspired by Leon Haslam’s race one start in World Superbike – seeing him go straight up the inside overtaking many riders – I figured I’d give it a try and found myself in fourth out of turn one. I managed to get around the outside of the third placed rider at McLean’s about halfway into the lap, before being cleared off the track by another rider in a moment of madness. Luckily, I kept it on two wheels and rode through the gravel. This put me last and about 20 seconds behind the next rider on track. I knew that firstly I had to finish this first race to get into Part 2, but I also knew I had to push on as much as possible to get a better grid slot. I picked my way through and finished 15th.
Fired up for race two, I again took the inside line into turn one and picked a few riders off to find myself up to sixth place, about five seconds off the leading group. I kept my head down and slowly closed the gap, getting up to fourth place, but by this time the front three had a sizeable gap on me. I posted my fasted time of the weekend and took a lot away from race two.
The team were great once again, not only for the pit stop but for the whole weekend. Thanks to the Stauff Connect Academy GR Motorsport crew – we can look forward to the next one at Knockhill.
Brent Gladwin: “We had a great weekend at Donington supporting the British round of World Superbikes. Mason, Danny Dogs and Ash really showed what a good little team is capable of, pulling success out of the jaws of disaster. Mason’s fight back from last was heart stopping to watch. Also with it being World Superbikes the whole of Kawasaki’s technical team was on hand for us to talk to, sharing information which will hopefully help Tommy and his Team WD-40 in BSB.
Mason has just been up to Knockhill for a few laps, next stop is Snetterton on Wednesday the 7th for a BSB test day. This test is free entry to the public so it would be nice to see you all there.
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