Snetterton Superstock Supremity!


Round Five of the British Superbike Championship took place this weekend at the 2.9 Mile Snetterton 300 Circuit, underneath blue skies and in warm conditions. JG Speedfit Kawasaki duo, Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey came into the weekend First and Second in the Championship, so expectations were high.

It was however to be a challenging weekend the Official Kawasaki Superbike Team, as Haslam continued to suffer from his big crash at Knockhill, and Mossey suffered mechanical after effects from a huge Morning Warm up get off. Race One saw Mossey suffer from brake fade, which was an issue caused by his earlier crash, and ended up forced to retire. Haslam meanwhile rode through the pain to take a fine Fourth position. Race two was more frustrating for the team, as tyre life and top speed issues hampered both riders, with Haslam and Mossey eventually crossing the line in Eighth and Tenth respectively.

The real success of the weekend however came from the Superstock 1000 class. Danny Buchan continued his recent run of form to take his 5th race win in a row and extend his Championship lead to 45 points. Backing Buchan up with a fantastic 2nd place was Mason Law on his Stauff Academy Kawasaki ZX-10RR. After a tough year in 2016 in this class, to take a 1-2 and be leading the Championship is fantastic!

The ultra-competitive Supersport class has provided some great racing this year so far, and the Gearlink Kawasaki duo of Ben Currie and Andrew Irwin have been in the thick of it at every round so far. Snetterton was no exception as Irwin romped to his first ever Supersport race victory in Sunday's Feature Event. He now moves to within Five points of the Championship lead.

Senior Racing Co-ordinator, Ross Burridge was pragmatic about the weekend's results: “It obviously very disappointing to see Leon and Luke struggling, but we have taken the positives from the weekend and will strive to improve certain areas ahead of Brands GP in three weeks time. It was however great to see us claim our first 1-2 in the Superstock 1000 class, and I was especially pleased to see Andrew claim his first Supersport victory”.