National Superstock 600 (Round 2 – Thruxton) – R&G Riders
Nick Anderson, Be Wiser Kawasaki Team
It was a much more confident and positive weekend for Be Wiser Kawasaki Team National Superstock 600 rider Nick Anderson at the super-fast Thruxton Circuit gaining a stunning fifth place on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.
Anderson was having a great weekend building on his confidence and drastically improved his lap times on each session. He managed to put in a good time during qualifying and was eighth on the grid for the 14-lap race. He got a good start but the safety car was deployed on the opening lap due to a bike fire. The car was out for five laps and this bunched the pack together, Nick got his head down on the restart and he was soon locked in an eight bike battle for third place. He moved up to third at one point and then got slip streamed down the back straight. It was a fraught battle but he rode a very confident race and finished fifth.
Nick Anderson – “I’m so pleased with the result today, it was hard at Brands and I felt like I’d be thrown in at the deep end a little bit so to come here and qualify and race well is a real confidence boast. It’s a really competitive Championship and you really have to be on the ball out there. I was disappointed after Brands but to come here and finish fifth is great. The Be Wiser Kawasaki was awesome all weekend and I’d like to thank the team for all their hard work. I now know what I have to do and I am prepared to work hard and try and get some more good results. I can’t wait to get to Oulton Park now and get back out there.”
Mason Law, Chris Walker Race School
Mason Law once again made huge progress this weekend at round two of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Thruxton Circuit and gained 15th place in the 14-lap race. The 17-year-old from Essex has never been to the very fast 2.4-mile circuit before and each session was a learning curve for him on the Chris Walker Race School Kawasaki.
Mason Law on the grid at Thruxton
He ended up qualifying in 26th in the dry qualifying session and was unable to get out on track for second qualifying on the Saturday because of the heavy rainfall. Despite missing vital track time the youngster was keen to progress in the race, he got a good start and did not get involved in any of the carnage in the opening laps and soon settled down and was making strong passes through the field and took over two seconds off his lap time from his qualifying time. He was looking strong and was locked in a tight battle with Adam Lyon for 14th place.
Mason Law - “I really enjoyed learning the track at Thruxton it’s super-fast, a little blind but good fun it’s just a shame with the weather that we didn’t get out on track as much as I would have liked.
I was getting to grips with everything and felt really comfortable about the race and getting a good result. I managed to get a good start and I did have to back off when I saw a bike bouncing across the track in front of me which thankfully I managed to avoid.
It was hard from where I was to see the lights on the safety car so it took me a little by surprise when it pulled in; I just got my head down and stuck with the pack in front of me. I was able to make some good strong passes into the Club Chicane and I’d been struggling there all weekend, we changed the pads and I felt mega into that corner during the race.
It was a really hard race and now I am beginning to learn my limits and how fierce the Championship is, I’m really pleased to have got in the points and all the hard work paid off over the weekend. The only tracks I have ridden at in the past are Brands, Cadwell and Donington so each time it’s all about learning, Oulton is another new one but I’m really looking forward to getting there and hopefully I can pick it up quickly and get some more points.”
Luke Hedger, Nicole Mc Aleer – Gearlink Kawasaki
In the Pirelli Superstock 600 class the two riders Luke Hedger and Nicole Mc Aleer also had a good weekend. Current British Motostar Champion Hedger found himself locked in a position fighting for a podium place in the Superstock 600 race, the youngster had a glimpse of how competitive his class is and what it is like to run up with the front runners. He was really strong in qualifying and was sixth on the grid and finished in 10th place overall after been locked in a battle of eight riders for third place.
Nicole Mc Aleer qualified for her first race with the Gearlink Kawasaki team and during the race she was slower working through the field, sitting in 35th place before she was forced to retire with a technical problem.
Luke Hedger – “That was a tough race, every weekend I’m learning what an aggressive Championship it is and that I need to step up my game and ride like them. I was really pleased with how qualifying went and got a good start, I was soon being swamped from all angles and you have to be really aggressive out there to be in with a chance. I got terrible arm pump from half way through the race and this was causing me huge problems trying to hold on around such a bumpy and fast circuit. I’m learning at each round what I need to do and I can’t wait to get to Oulton Park.”
Nicole Mc Aleer – “I’m really pleased to have qualified this weekend with the Gearlink Kawasaki and each session I was able to improve my times. I was happy with my times through the race and each lap they were improving and getting better, I lost some time after the safety car went back into the pit lane and dropped off the pack. I had to pull in as I was having an issue with the bike which wouldn’t allow me to continue, we have made progress this weekend and I’m slowly getting my confidence back.”