Brands Hatch: Paul Bird Motorsports weekend summary

LAVILLA AND WALKER IN THE POINTS AT BRANDS Vent Axia VK Honda riders Greg Lavilla and Chris Walker were in points scoring form when round ten of the HANNspree World Superbike Championship took place at Brands Hatch this weekend. Spaniard...

LAVILLA AND WALKER IN THE POINTS AT BRANDS

Vent Axia VK Honda riders Greg Lavilla and Chris Walker were in points scoring form when round ten of the HANNspree World Superbike Championship took place at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Spaniard Lavilla recorded thirteenth and fourteenth positions in the two races with new signing Chris Walker claiming fifteenth place in both 25-lap races on his return to World Superbike action.

In a weekend blighted by rain showers, Lavilla very nearly upset the form book when he set fastest time in the early stages of Saturday's Superpole which he held for most of the session but as the track dried a number of riders ended up going faster and he ended up in thirteenth.

Sadly Walker missed the Superpole session after only managing 23rd place as he fought to get to terms with the 1000cc Honda Fireblade after spending most of the year racing in World Supersport.

In the two races both riders battled hard in the lower leaderboard positions to eventually score points which Lavilla added to his tally to end up in fourteenth in the Championship with Walker glad to open his account after a tough weekend.

Gregorio Lavilla:

"We made some good improvements to the bike in the second race and we put in some good lap times. We were consistent once again and within the points but I wasn't able to improve much on my qualifying position during the race so we have to keep working hard on set-up and move up to the next level which I hope we can achieve at Donington. Brands is a track which I have beaten Kiyo on before in the BSB so I it was really great to see him win the double here and I want to congratulate him."

Chris Walker:

"Every time I went out on the bike I learnt more and more and it's great to be back on a Superbike. The bike felt brilliant and I was happy with the race set-up in the end. My fitness level is good but I need to get into the gym to work on my arm strength as I had to lose weight to ride the Supersport. I was desperate to get into the points this weekend so overall I'm pretty happy with my performance. The boys have done me proud and I'm chuffed to be part of the team. They've all made me feel really welcome and I can't wait to get to Donington."

Paul Bird:

"Overall the team and I were expecting better results at our home round and I'm feeling disappointed. However it was good to see Greg doing better in qualifying and it was unfortunate for us that we didn't get a better grid position after putting in some good laps during the wet practice and also during the Superpole wet session. Chris had a good weekend and did what we expected him to do. We threw him in the deep end and he did a professional job. I'm pleased with his performance and we're really happy to have him in the team. All we can do now is look forward to Donington, another strong track for us, and hope that we get some better results which I know we are capable of."

The next round of the Championship takes place on 6th/7th September at Donington Park in Derbyshire.

-credit: pbm

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Gregorio Lavilla , Chris Walker , Paul Bird