Magnificent Mason Makes It Five At Thruxton
Magnificent Mason Makes It Five At Thruxton
NMT No limits Kawasaki's Pirelli National STK600 Championship leader, Mason Law took his fifth win of the season at the super-fast Thruxton circuit in Hampshire this weekend. In front of a bumper sun-drenched crowd the Benfleet rider rode a calculated and patient race, snatching the lead on the brakes going in to the final complex of corners at Club on the last lap and with it the spoils of victory.
Throughout Free Practice and Qualifying Law, and team mate Jordan Weaving, stuck to the plan set by the team with Mason on front row pace all weekend and Jordan building steadily on his first visit to the circuit on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. It was a front row start for 'Outlaw' but with times separated by split-seconds the race was up for grabs. Behind Law, Weaving got caught out behind slower starting riders but made amends in Q2 with a creditable 11th place start for Sunday' race.
STK1000 man Nick Anderson, taking to the Thruxton tarmac for the first time aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja, had high hopes ahead of his 'home' round. Qualifying saw the Devon man post a fastest lap of 1.18.486s, enough for 19th place, just over 0.5s away from the top ten, with the times so close.
Race day proved the shot in the arm Mason Law's championship challenge needed as he made a great start and settled in to his rhythm, knowing he had the pace to challenge come the end of the race. Mackenzie controlled the pace as Law, Ryan and Ray battled behind him however on the final lap, when it mattered most, Law got the drive up Woodham Hill on the outside of the Scot, passing with aplomb through to Club chicane, leaving the long time leader with no chance to reply as Law took the chequered flag for the fifth time in 2015.
For reigning Motostar Moto3 Champion Weaving, it was a third top ten finish of an ever-improving season with a hard fought eighth place. The former Red Bull Rookie's race pace out-performed his qualifying time despite being held up in the early stages of the race however the result reaffirmed his standing as a regular top ten contender. As satellite rider Tom Oliver continues to make his return to form he will be disappointed to just miss out on a points scoring finish this weekend.
It was disappointment for Nick Anderson in the STK1000 race, after a making good start and holding firm during some strong battles with the riders around him, his bike unfortunately developed a problem which caused him to pull in agonisingly close to the end of the race, curtailing his charge towards the top fifteen.
Jon Leach, Sales and Marketing Director for NMT No Limits Kawasaki said after the races "It's what the team needed, it's nice for Mason to get some confidence back and get back to where he should be. After three difficult races by his own high standards this could well be the start of another winning run and at an important time in the season.
"Jordan rode a very good race with no mistakes and got the result he fully deserved. It's a different story for Nick and his race, at this point we don't know exactly what happened with his bike to make him pull in, but he'd ridden really well up to that point and was picking riders off ahead of him. Obviously we're disappointed for him and his crew and we'll make a full investigation ahead of Cadwell Park.
Every rider looks forward to Cadwell Park and our riders are no different, Mason is itching to get started already and so are the rest of the team."
STK600 race winner Mason Law said, "I got a good start and I knew I could either set the pace or I could sit behind someone else I knew could carry the same pace. I dropped back to fourth at one point but I just knew I had to get back on the wheel of Taz. The surface was greasy and I could see he was having grip issues and took confidence from that, the pace was good but I didn't want to be leading on to the back straight. It looked as thought Taz knocked it off for the last couple of laps for whatever reason but I got a good slipstream to the chicane and I took him around the outside, but on the final right I made a bit of a mess of it but thankfully the line was close enough! Hopefully this is the start of another winning streak."
Nick Anderson, "That was a tough weekend if I'm honest, we're making progress every time we go out but the fast, bumpy nature of Thruxton meant it wasn't easy to find the setting we wanted, however my NMT No Limits Kawasaki crew worked hard to give me the bike for the job. We're learning more about the bike every time we leave the garage and we're gaining more data with each circuit we go to which will help us as we collectively push hard to get back to the top ten at Cadwell next time out."
Jordan Weaving "I've really enjoyed this weekend, riding my Kawasaki ZX-6R around here is so much fun. I had a lot to learn at the start of the weekend and myself and my team have worked solidly to bring the best result we could. Qualifying didn't go quite to plan but we rescued a decent start in the second session and it gave me a good chance for another top ten finish. The race went well, another good start pushed me in to the top ten almost immediately but despite getting held up in the early stages I got into a great rhythm and was happy with my pace. Top ten is where we want to be but now the target is top five and we will be doing all we can to get there."