Kawasaki team has a solid weekend at Snetterton's British Superbike Championship
Sixth, seventh and eighth for the crew
The Be Wiser Kawasaki team had another solid weekend at the MCE British Superbike Championship at Snetterton this weekend. In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 race Nick Anderson secured a very strong sixth place and Joe Collier in seventh. In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race Josh Day (seen in photo from a previous season) gained eighth place.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class the Be Wiser Kawasaki riders had a steady qualifying session with Nick qualifying in eighth place on the grid and Joe in 10th for the scheduled 12-lap race. The pair had an epic battle throughout the race and were involved in a seven bike battle for fourth place with only a second splitting them all at one point.
Joe managed to get through to fifth at one point but a mistake on the final lap pushed him back to seventh overall. Nick Anderson was running well all weekend and battling for position on the opening laps whilst the pack settled down. He got into a good rhythm and some consistent race times and was able to secure a solid sixth place. Joe is now in fourth place in the Championship and Nick in sixth as they head to Knockhill in a couple of weeks' time.
Joe Collier - "We had a few issues this weekend, I crashed on Friday and then had a few problems with the engine on Saturday. The Be Wiser Kawasaki team really did work hard to ensure I was out there on the grid racing today, they worked for hours and I'm really grateful to all of them. The race was pretty tough I got an average start and everything is so close in that class that you have to try and push hard in the opening laps. I got my head down and was able to push forward and got through to fifth but a mistake on the last lap caused me to run wide and lose several places."
Nick Anderson - "I'm really pleased with the result today, we were stuck in a really tight battle all race and you have to really put your foot down sometimes. It was a bit messy in the opening laps and I wanted to get away with the front runners. It was a good race but I really had to work hard for my final position but the race was good and I'm pleased with my result here."
In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Josh Day worked hard to gain a solid tenth place at the flag. The initial race was red flagged this morning after an incident at the final chicane; a six lap sprint race was scheduled after the opening Superbike race. Josh was placed in eighth on the grid, the position he was in at the red flag and was unfortunately boxed into the opening few turns which pushed him down to 12th position. He worked hard and pushed his way through to eighth on the final lap.
Josh Day - "I was pretty pleased with how the weekend was going and in the first part of the race I got a good start and was riding well, the pace car was going to help me as it bunched us together and then the race was stopped. On the re-start I got the most horrendous start and lost so many places in the first lap. With it being a short race I knew it would be difficult to gain much from it but I worked hard and my times were good and I was able to claw back some places to finish eighth."
Team Owner/Manager Alan Greig - "It's been a really good weekend for the Be Wiser Kawasaki team, despite a few technical problems all the team worked really hard to ensure everything was fixed for race day.
Nick and Joe both had a fantastic race and their consistency with lap times shone through, both rode very well from average qualifying position. Nick's result was a great one and sure it will boost his confidence no end.
Josh Day had a good start in the first part of the race and was running a well, the pace car was a bonus but then the race was red flagged. His re-start was not good and he lost a number of places in the opening lap but he worked his way through in what was a very short race. He proved he can run the times of the front runners and I'm sure as the season progresses there will be more to come.
We managed to do a test at Knockhill so hopefully we will have a base set up for the riders when we head there in a few weeks. We are looking forward to getting there as the riders are certainly making good progress and we have taken steps in the right direction at every round so far."
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