It was that time of year again where we join the World Superbike paddock at Donington Park for the 4th round of our season. The whole team was eager to get out there and see what we could do. The first practice session consisted of Matt getting used to and re-setting up his bike after having his bike written off by another competitor last weekend. Many late nights were needed for the rebuild.
For the first practice session Matt was trying to iron out niggles on the rebuilt bike. Kurt on the other hand was turning a few heads in the paddock as he settled into the weekend in the top 10 before completing the first session in P1 and the only rider in the 1.34’s.
This weekend we only had one qualifying session extended to 45 minutes. Matt made some big changes to the bike while Kurt continued his pace into the second session of the weekend. This put him in pole position early stages. After dropping to P2 Kurt set some impressive sector times but was struggling to complete a whole fast lap. Next lap out Kurt cleared the first sector 0.4 of a second faster than the new leader but then running wide down Craner Curves he crashed out of the session. He was okay but because of having to sit out the final stages of the session he dropped down to P7. Matt also came in to the pit for a new rear once the session was underway. He finally put together a lap time only 1.5 seconds off pole leaving him to start the race in P27.
Both, Kurt and Matt were feeling eager to get going for the race and both had their own personal goals in mind. As the lights went out for the start Kurt headed down the outside of the front two rows and tipped in to the first bend in 4th. Matt took the opposite approach by going up the inside entering turn 1. Two laps in and Matt was in 13th place before the safety car was deployed due to an incident at the Melbourne Loop. Kurt had a series of near misses with losing the rear exiting 3 of the right hand turns in the first couple of laps setting him back before settling into 8th place. The pace car left the circuit on lap 3 and Kurt began taking back the positions he had lost. The race finally came together for the number 66 machine of Kurt as he crossed the finishing line in 3rd place taking his first podium at British Superbikes. Matt suffered mechanical issues with his clutch slipping which progressively got worse throughout the race. Despite this Matt managed to bring it home in P15 taking the final point of the round.
The weekend has been brilliant for the team and is a huge leap in the right direction. We are looking forward to Knockhill and the chance to build further.