Be Wiser Kawasaki Team Podium at Thruxton
Be Wiser Kawasaki Team Podium at Thruxton
The Be Wiser Kawasaki team had a great weekend at their home round at Thruxton circuit. Nick Anderson gained his first podium of the season with a great 2nd place while his team-mate Joe Collier gained 8th place in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class. In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class Josh Day finished in 9th place.
Thruxton's slip streaming possibilities, down the back straight, is known to produce thrilling racing and a great deal of excitement as riders compete for the best positions on the podium.
Nick Anderson had a strong qualifying session at the super-fast Thruxton circuit and was able to place himself sixth on the grid for the 14-lap race. Unfortunately though, he had a poor start and slipped back to eighth place on the opening lap but worked hard to stay with the leading group. He soon worked his way to fifth and was on the tail of the leaders, by lap five he was third but fighting and swapping places on every lap, leading as he crossed the line on lap eight. He rode extremely well and secured a brilliant second place as he crossed the line.
Nick Anderson comments on his performance, "I'm so happy to have got on the podium finally this year. It was hard at Brands and I was disappointed there that I wasn't able to push harder and get a podium but this certainly makes up for it. I was worried coming here as my size on a 600 was always going to be a disadvantage and I had no clue how I'd be able to get on so to come away with a podium is brilliant. Be Wiser also had a lot of guests here at the track and I'm pleased I was able to put on a good show for them. A huge thanks goes to all my personal sponsors for standing by me and I'm glad I've been able to repay them and obviously all the Be Wiser Kawasaki team."
Team owner and manager, Alan Greig, comments on the Nick's performance, "Nick had a fantastic battle throughout the race, taking the lead at one point. It was one of the best races of his career and he really showed his potential for the remaining rounds of the Championship. He worked hard and deserved that result and this should give him the confidence he needed for the rest of the season."
Joe Collier struggled during qualifying leaving himself in 13th place and a lot of word to do in the race. He was locked in a battle of ten riders for seventh place. As a result, he fought hard yet ended up dropping a place to finish at eighth.
Collier comments on the race, "I'm really disappointed with my result here at Thruxton. I just wasn't able to get a comfortable feel on the bike all weekend despite us making several changes. I was perhaps trying too hard in qualifying to go faster which in turn made me go slower. I left myself with a lot of work to do from 13th on the grid and I got an average start but got locked in a ten bike battle which tied us all up and we lost the time on the front runners. On the fourth lap I lost a knee slider and this really was a strange feeling as I rely on my knee position a lot whilst I'm racing so I had to be a bit more cautious on how I was riding, there is a huge hole in my leathers and I was lucky to get the result I did. I did what I could but I'm looking forward now to getting to Oulton Park next weekend."
Alan Grieg comments on Joe's performance, "Joe rode well despite the fact he lost a knee slider, he came back into the pits with a big hole in his leathers and he was locked in a huge freight train of riders for seventh and he got eighth, it is solid points and helped with his Championship position."
In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Josh Day had one of his best qualifying sessions all year and qualified in eighth place for the 16-lap race. He got a steady start and was up to seventh after the opening lap. The front pack broke away and Josh was locked in his own battle but ended up finishing in ninth. He says of the race, "I am pretty pleased with the result I got today, it is my local track here and I wanted to do well. I got a steady start and got a bit tied up in the opening laps and by the time everything had settled down the leading bunch had make a break. I finally managed to get my qualifying sorted out which gave me a big advantage come race day. I enjoyed the race and happy with my times, thanks to all at Be Wiser."
Alan Grieg speaks of Josh Day's race, "Josh lost a couple of places on the start and made some ground in the opening laps by this stage the front pack had pulled away but he still put on a good show and did himself some favours in the overall Championship standings."
Grieg continues, "This was an important meeting for the team as it is the local round for our main sponsor Be Wiser and we had many guests and staff here supporting the team and we put them a good show on."
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