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Mixed Fortunes At Assen For NMT No Limits Kawasaki

Mixed Fortunes At Assen For NMT No Limits Kawasaki

The trip across the North Sea to Northern Holland and the historic Circuit van Drenthe provided a host of positives for the NMT No Limits Kawasaki team this weekend as Nick Anderson and Jordan Weaving contested the Anglo-Dutch Superbike and Supersport races. The races were run using the same Kawasaki motorcycles that the riders run in the Pirelli National STK600 and STK1000 championships but with the added use of slick tyres against regular superbike and supersport machines from the Dutch championships.

For STK1000 man Nick Anderson it was a debut ride at the Assen circuit, and the Devon man immediately got down to business in first qualifying for the ONK Stena Line Superbike race, posting the 12th fastest time. However the opportunity to improve on Saturday was snatched from the 23-year old as the rains came in, leaving the circuit with mixed track conditions. With conditions in mind and Anderson's inexperience of slick tyres, the team made the decision not to contest Q2, accepting a 12th place start for Sunday's race.

STK600 rider Jordan Weaving contested the Supersport race on his Kawasaki ZX-6R STK machine and was a revelation as he posted the 5th fastest time around the 2.822 mile circuit in the opening session. Saturday's Qualifying 2 brought delight for the Motostar Moto3 British Champion, the team and their well-represented Dutch sponsors, NMT Shipping, as the 18 year old South African snatched Pole Position in the dying seconds of a frantic session.

Race day brought mixed fortunes for the two NMT No Limits Kawasaki riders; Jordan was first up to contest the ONK Supersport race, however after a great start it was disaster for the former Red Bull Rookie as he slipped out of the race uninjured after contact from another rider during a three-way battle for the lead on the opening lap. Better fortune favoured Nick Anderson as the former STK600 contender took advantage of the extra race time on his ZX-10R, confidently picking his way through the field in the early laps. After finding himself in a  four-bike battle for seventh place, Nick fought hard to take 9th place at the flag and a surprise visit to the Assen podium to receive the trophy for third place British rider.

Back on home soil, Team Manager Barry Boughton recapped the weekend, "Overall that was a good weekend for the team, as always we will take the positives, of which there are many, and take them forwards to the next round.

The weekend was primarily about putting on a show for our Dutch-based title partners, NMT Shipping. We were proud to host them this weekend, reinforcing our relationship with them as we look to our plans for 2016.

As for the riders this weekend, we couldn't have asked any more of them. It was a new experience for both with slick tyres on the bigger bikes but something they adjusted to very well. Nick did a great job despite missing some valuable track time on Saturday after the team took the decision not to take part in Q2 due to the sketchy conditions, which Nick agreed was the right path to follow. The race was another shot of confidence for Nick as he battled well with the riders around him and impressively taking almost a second off his qualifying best lap to snatch 7th place at the flag. The icing on the cake for the weekend was a nice piece of unexpected silverware to bring home as third placed British rider.

Looking at Jordan's weekend, the race was a disappointment for everyone after he was taken out on the opening lap but his performances in both qualifying sessions was outstanding. To take pole position on a Stock bike against Supersport machines was nothing short of exceptional and really shows how confident he is on the Kawasaki ZX-6R at this stage of the season and sets him up well for 2016.

We can't wait to get to Silverstone now as we welcome Mason back in to the fold, who missed this weekend to allow him to focus on the job he needs to do in two weeks time, and where we look forwards to more strong performances from Nick and Jordan to back up Mason and his championship challenge."