Thrills Expected at Thruxton
Thrills Expected at Thruxton
The circuit of Thruxton welcomes the throng of bikers this weekend as NMT No Limits Kawasaki look to continue the recent run of good form that brought season best results and podiums to the team in the last outing at Snetterton.
James East is aiming high and is looking for his good form to continue to flourish on the Team Green supplied Kawasaki ZX-10R after taking an impressive sixth spot in the Superstock 1000 race in Norfolk. Meanwhile in the Superstock 600 class, Jordan Weaving is pursuing his second podium in successive rounds with Nick Anderson aiming for his best result of the season, urged on by family and friends as he visits his home circuit this weekend.
East saw round six as a real turning point in his season and last time he visited Thruxton, which he classes one of his favourites due to the high grip levels and blistering speeds, he finished under five seconds from the leaders and he’s anticipating another good result at one of his favourite circuits on the calendar.
“I love Thruxton, I'd probably say it's my second favourite after Brands Hatch GP. It's unlike any other track on the planet,” East said.
“Running the same gearing as the Isle Of Man TT, you fly around at high speed and on a seemingly simple layout. It's actually very technical and you have to be precise to produce the grip needed to carry the throttle and generate a fast lap time.
“The worst part of the track for me is in the first sector, there are some slower corners and a lot of time can be lost here if you're not totally precise. But then the best part of the circuit is Village, through Church corner at around 120mph and the constant battle on the back stretch to the chicane where you reach around 170mph on the Kawasaki ZX-10R, it's magic.
“The goal is the podium, but if we achieve anything in between our last result and the top three then it will be another real positive stepping stone towards picking up that first podium of the season.”
For Weaving, round seven could be the one that sees him standing atop of the podium for the first time in the Stock 600 class. After a confidence building second place finish last time out, he is aiming for the top this weekend.
“The last race at Thruxton was good, I felt really comfortable and my NMT No Limits Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R was faultless. It really feels like my first win in this class is just around the corner and as always I’ll be working hard to make that happen this weekend. Thruxton is a circuit which I really like so to be able to do it there would be very pleasing.” Weaving said.
Across the garage on the other 600cc Team Green machine, Nick Anderson is looking forward to a relatively short hop from Devon to his home track. Unsurprisingly then, Thruxton is one of his favourites and he has high hopes of making a quick start on Friday and building from there.
“We need to hit the ground running right from the first session on Friday morning at what is a special circuit for me. My favourite section is from Church to the last chicane. Peeling into Church (the fastest corner in the UK) almost flat out in 5th gear takes some serious commitment and then braking from flat out in 6th to the 2nd gear chicane gets the pulse going as well. It can be a little hectic in opening laps but that can of course work to my advantage being a bigger lad; maybe it's time to get the elbows out?!"
Anderson continued: “Although it’s my home circuit, I wouldn't have said it gives me an advantage really, it adds a little pressure with lots of personal sponsors, friends and family coming up to watch but it’s always somewhere I look forward to racing at.”