Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd, had a tough weekend at Donington Park with only Ben Young shining through to bring home a result. Donington Park is in reality our home track, within very easy reach of our base at Stauff UK in Sheffield and a stone’s throw from the Mackenzie home and the Head Office of HAE, Cargolink. We had a healthy stream of VIP guests all weekend with family, friends and most importantly employees and customers of our partners, all enjoying the sun and fun of a weekend at the MCE British Superbike Championships.
STK 1000:- Ben had carried his form from his first points score last week into Donington where at the end of first qualifying he was a very creditable 12th, unfortunately his inexperience with the British weather, Ben made a bad call for 2nd qualifying missing the first half waiting for a drier track. He went out and to his credit went faster but crashed out on the last lap dropping down the order to 21st and leaving work to do. Brent and Ben again sat down and made a plan for the start of the race which worked well with Ben soon finding himself in a tight group battling for the points. This fantastic battle went on the whole race with places being swooped on just about every corner. With 2 laps to go Ben tried to make a decisive move grabbing 14th and going after top 10, one of the riders in this battle crashed out on the high speed Hollywood/Craner section just missing Ben and bringing out the red flag race stoppage with the result being declared with Ben in 14th. Great points and something Ben had worked really hard for!
Ben Young:- “FP started good with getting up to speed quickly put us in good shape for Q1, We made some changes and I dug deep at the end and was over the moon to find out I was 12th. Q2 didn’t go to plan, on my 5th lap I went down at Goddard’s and got dropped to 21st.
For the race I knew I needed to get a good start and get going. It was a tough race and not doing the pace that I wanted to, glad we were in one piece and managed to score some points. I am now travelling back to race in the AMA for one race and look forward to being back for Silverstone.”
STK 600:- Tarran was after all at his home track and out to impress, faultless throughout practice and qualifying he secured a very comfortable 5th on the grid, unfortunately for the second meeting in succession things did not go his way in the race. Taz made a fantastic start dropping straight into 3rd place and with the leaders but it all came to nothing as he and 2 others crashed out, all riders OK at the Old Hairpin. Tarran was distraught but pleasantly surprised by the warmth and support he found from all our VIP guests on his return to the team base all happy to see he was OK.
Tarran Mackenzie:- “My weekend ran pretty smoothly qualifying 5th just 0.4 off pole. I was fairly confident that I would be able to run with the front guy’s as my Team WD-40 ZX6 was perfect all weekend. Unfortunately I crashed on turn 4 on the first lap with 2 other riders while at the front ending my race early. I was gutted but I will make sure I come back stronger at Silverstone and I can’t thank my team enough!”
Superbike:- We have had time to reflect on our weekend with the superbike. After Barry’s crash at Cadwell, Danny and the crew had burnt the midnight oil repairing the damage whilst the rest us were enjoying Ben racing at the MotoGP. Everything was check and there finished work looked immaculate as always as it rolled out for practice. From the start Geoff, Danny and Tom struggled to find pace for Barry, despite making some pretty radical changes to the chassis nothing the guy’s did could get Barry comfortable enough to go fast. After a long debrief looking at everything over the last few races it was clear Barry could not find his comfort zone as each change seemed to move but keep the problem. Barry was forced to pull out of the first race and the Team then made the decision not to go out in the second race. The ZX-10 is now being fully examined and rebuilt for the next race in Assen where we hope to pull everything together to have a confident Barry Burrell secure 2 good results.
Barry Burrell:- “I don’t really know what to say is been a tough weekend, we tried loads of different settings but just couldn’t make anything work. I hope to be back in the top ten at Assen like we deserve!”
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “ What a weekend it’s been and a repeat of Cadwell park on the racing side. Ben did a great job with his confidence growing with each good result, he now returns to America to race his Tim Hortons 600 in the AMA while we are at Assen. Young Taz is just so desperate to win for the Team but things are just not going his way, it will come he just needs to be a little patient and keep that huge smile. Barry has had all kinds of problems this weekend and none of us quite understand why. The bike is being checked for Assen on the improbability that the guy’s missed something from the Cadwell crash, we will let you know what we find. We have had a fantastic weekend with our VIP guests and their families, it’s always great to entertain but special to introduce new people to our sport and see them become dedicated fans! – Finally a very special thanks goes out to Aidan, Adam and the Team from Cargolink who straight after the meeting got some very important parts moved by air door to door across 3 countries in 12 hours for us they can do the same for your company ”
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