Tough weekend for Team Green at Silverstone


The final round before the Showdown commences took place at the Northamptonshire based Silverstone circuit this weekend in terrible conditions. Whilst qualifying remained dry, there were to be Three wet races in store for the Superbike class.

All but confirmed for the Showdown, JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider, Leon Haslam was out to score podium credits this weekend, yet unfortunately a mixture of bad luck and bad timing saw Haslam crash out of the First Two races and unable to start the Third after suffering an elbow injury. He however goes into Oulton Park this weekend only Six points behind Series leader, Shakey Byrne. Team mate Luke Mossey had to fight hard to make it into the Showdown, but was unfortunately suffering from injuries sustained at Thurxton and was unable to make the cut. It was however a much better weekend for Lee Hard Racing's Jake Dixon who made it into the Showdown phase and sits in Fourth position in the Standings, meaning there are two Ninja ZX-10RR's in the top 6.

It was a case of “Wasn't meant to be” for the Gearlink Kawasaki team in the Supersport class as Andrew Irwin added yet another two Second place finishes to his tally, narrowly missing out on the win in Saturday's Sprint race. Team mate Ben Currie however had a huge lead in Sunday's Feature Race and looked set to take the team's First win of the season, but pressure from the riders behind him, saw the Australian crash out with only a couple of laps remaining.

The Superstock 1000 class has provided some fantastic racing this year and Danny Buchan went into this round with a healthy 25 point lead on his Morello Racing ZX-10RR. However his sheer size hampered him down the huge straights at Silverstone and a race long battle with team mate Fraser Rogers meant he had to settle for Fifth position, yet still retaining his title lead with two rounds remaining.

Senior Racing Co-ordinator for Kawasaki UK, Ross Burridge was pragmatic, saying: “It obviously hasn't been the best weekend for us, and I am truly gutted that we didn't get Luke into the Showdown. However we are still very much in with a shout of winning both 1000cc classes and that can't be a bad position at this stage of the season. Here's to a drier weekend at Oulton Park and some more green machinery on the podium!”