Sorrymate BSB Race Report: Round 4 at Knockhill

Sorrymate BSB Race Report: Round 4 at Knockhill

Round four at Knockhill proved to be a tough one for riders Matt and Kurt Wigley as both suffered injuries that significantly hampered their progress.

Matt was unable to race after breaking two vertebrae during qualifying, while Kurt battled on with muscular and tissue damage from a crash in FP2 to earn three points in a courageous 13th place finish.

The team enjoyed a hugely successful 2016 at the circuit, with a first and second row start for the pair and a maiden pole position in the series.

However, this year’s fortunes were in complete contrast as Kurt had a huge high side attempt that forced him off the track and into the gravel in the first practice session to set the tone for the weekend.

Matt found the opening session equally as difficult as he found the 1000cc bike much less suited to the tight, twisty and bumpy course, ending in a lowly 30th position.

Kurt was much improved for FP2 and he even posted the second fastest time in the first sector, but with a top-five finish looking a distinct possibility, he failed to complete his flying lap after losing the front on a high speed right turn and crashed out for a second time.

This incident resulted in a red flag as Kurt struggled to gain stability in his legs after substantial damage to his lower back, but fortunately further assessments in the ambulance showed that nothing was broken.

Another red flag cut short FP2 in the Superstock 1000 class, but Matt began to build some confidence in the bike during qualifying as he rode among a fast group of riders and knocked 2.6 seconds off his practice personal best.

But having worked his way to 22nd on the grid, Matt suffered a horrific crash, colliding with the fence entering the final turn at high speed that provoked yet another red flag.

Unlike Kurt, investigations at the local hospital confirmed that Matt had sustained significant damage that would prevent him taking part in the race.

So it was left to Kurt in the Supersport class to salvage the weekend, but it required a great deal of resolve and determination with his FP2 injuries restricting his ability to walk.

In a tremendous effort, Kurt placed 14th on the grid and despite a slow start to the race that dropped him down the order, he launched his way back up to a respectable 13th to seal a second consecutive points finish, taking his tally to nine for the season.


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