Success north of the border for Kawasaki

 

The fourth round of the British Superbike Championship took place at the Scottish circuit of Knockhill this weekend, and was unusually basked in sunshine for race day!

 

After a solid qualification, race 1 of the Superbike class saw Shakey Byrne and James Ellison start from positive grid positions, ready to solidify their current first and second positions in the title chase. Unfortunately, a move by Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider, Stuart Easton on James Ellison into the hairpin on the first lap saw James tip off and retire from the race.

 

Shakey had a less than favourable start and spent the race chasing down an on form Kiyonari, but it wasn't to be and settled for second position at the end of the race.

 

In race 2, Shakey got a much better start and took control of the race from an early stage.  After a race long battle with Kiyonari he got the better of him towards the end and earned another race victory, and a very healthy 79 point leader in the title chase.

 

GBmoto Racing Kawasaki rider, Chris “Stalker” Walker rode a fantastic race 2, and despite riding with a broken finger from a crash the day before, battled on to get onto the podium with a third place finish; his 50th career BSB podium!

 

The Superstock 1000 race once again saw Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki man, Danny Buchan take a fantastic race victory by over 10 seconds, a phenomenal feat around the tight and short Knockhill circuit. Danny extended his lead to 29 points after winning 3 out of 4 races to date.

 

Racing Co-ordinator for Kawasaki Motors UK, Ross Burridge, commented; “This is certainly a tough Championship, in all classes, and to be leading the Championship at this vital stage in both the Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes is a great position to be in. Both Shakey and Danny are on fire this year, and I really hope that they find themselves in the same position come the end of the season. Congratulations also have to go to Chris Walker who took his 50th career BSB podium. “