Team UK / Hammercrete Racing rider Matt Kuhne has just completed round 3 of the British 125 GP championship at Mallory Park on the weekend. The circuit has one of England's fastest turns as well as a hairpin which is also one of the slowest...
Team UK / Hammercrete Racing rider Matt Kuhne has just completed round 3 of the British 125 GP championship at Mallory Park on the weekend. The circuit has one of England's fastest turns as well as a hairpin which is also one of the slowest corners of all the circuits.
Matt on day 1 of practice was going well when he got a puncture on the front tyre and causing him to crash in the hairpin.
Matt found it difficult to get a good setup for the circuit with the track having two dog leg corners and the hairpin you needed the bike to turn in quick but this was causing the bike to be unstable on the 200 km fast sweeping bend. Matt qualified 24th on the grid for Sunday's race.
On Sunday morning the team had made some last minute changes to the bike to try in the morning warm up, this was a positive as Matt was 13th fastest in the warm up.
Matt had a reasonable start in the race but in lap 2 the safety car was out after a crash and remained out for several laps. The rider in front of Matt was dropping back and lost several seconds whilst the car was out . Matt was trying to get him to keep up with the group whilst the safety car was out but he kept loosing ground on the pack. Once the safety car had left Matt got passed the rider and had a 4 second gap to the next group which he continued to pursue them .. He caught them and passed several more riders and ended up finishing tenth in the race.
Matt is now 1 of only 5 riders to score points at every round and is also running 5th in the ACU Academy cup, Matt is also equal 12th in the British 125 GP championship.
Matt's next race is this weekend at Oulton at round 4 of the championship then the week after is off to Spain for round 1 of the Spanish 125 GP championship.