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Team SorryMate – Snetterton Race Report 2019

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Team SorryMate has now reached the halfway point of the season, Snetterton in Norwich. The weekend commenced with glorious sunshine, and the rain was minimal. The sun was a welcome change following the recent weather forecast in Knockhill, which inevitably lead to the Sprint race being postponed due to heavy downfalls.

Unfortunately, Matt is still recovering following his crash at Brands Hatch which led him to break his ankle in two places. Although Matt has been utilising hyperbaric treatment to speed up the healing process, he was not ready to hit the track at Snetterton. Nonetheless, Matt is looking forward to having his non-weight bearing cast removed and upgraded to a supportive ankle boot in the upcoming weeks.

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Despite this, the Snetterton weekend commenced with high aspirations with Practice one and two leading Kurt into a top ten position. This placement included a P5 for FP1. However, despite his strong and consistent lap times, Kurt faced issues in terms of the handling of the motorcycle, particularly around the twelve demanding turns of the Snetterton Circuit.

Kurt felt that improvements could be made to his bike as well as the bike’s suspension to resolve his issues. As a result, the team worked hard through Friday afternoon to the late evening, making adjustments.

With Saturday morning came overcast. However, the track remained dry. Kurt had an excellent opportunity to put the newly make bike adjustments into practice. He continued to improve throughout the season and eventually achieved a P6 in Qualifying. However, Kurt felt that improvements could still be made to his bike.

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Despite a heavy spell of rain on Saturday afternoon, the track was dry ready for the Sprint race. Kurt had a good start and kept in with the pack fighting for the top 10 positions. However, halfway through the race, a couple of GP2 riders interrupted his flow, setting Kurt and his fellow competitors back slightly. There was a close battle that enabled the fight to achieve 10th to continue. By the end of the race, with a gap of 0.164, Kurt crossed the finish line in P11.

Kurt began the Feature Race on Sunday from the fourth row of the Grid. A bad start set him back slightly, surrounded amongst three GP2 riders. Kurt fought hard to keep with the group, not losing sight of his fellow Supersport competitors just ahead. However, after significant changes to the bike’s geometry over the weekend, we fell short of grasping that ideal setup, closing the race with a P13 finish. The weekend at Snetterton was a significant struggle in terms of achieving the best setup. However, The Wigley brothers continue to prepare for the next round with high spirits.

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