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Mixed Results For NMT No Limits Kawasaki At Brands Hatch

Mixed Results For NMT No Limits Kawasaki At Brands Hatch

After the undeniable success of the opening few rounds of the season, it was a difficult weekend by the teams high standards for the STK600 riders at Brands Hatch this weekend as Championship leader Mason Law couldn't quite match the pace of his rivals and Jordan Weaving suffered the teams first mechanical DNF in almost three seasons. For Nick Anderson in STK1000 it was another positive weekend, bolstered by another career-best result on the big Kawasaki ZX-10R, coming just two weeks after his previous best finish.

Mason made his now customary lightning start to proceedings on Friday morning, topping the time sheets as class rookie Jordan made firm progress through his first ever laps around the full GP circuit on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. Qualifying 1 foretold the story of the weekend as the four main championship riders traded fastest laps between themselves with Mason eventually securing the fourth fastest time. Behind him Jordan progressed to twelfth place, improving with almost every circulation of the 2.3 mile circuit.

Qualifying 2 on Saturday followed the same form as Mackenzie, Currie, Irwin and Mason Law battled for the full session for the all-important pole position start. Again, despite his best efforts, Mason just couldn't match his rivals and had to settle for a second row start for the first time in 2015. A marked improvement of 0.8s from the previous day saw Jordan qualify eighth fastest, and with it confirming his status as a regular top ten contender, with returning satellite rider Tom Oliver qualifying 21st on his comeback from injury.

STK1000 class rookie Nick Anderson made positive progress from the very first session with an encouraging 10th place in the opening Free Practice session as, like Jordan, he too got his first look at the full GP circuit. Qualifying times were incredibly close through the field, fractions of a second covering multiple riders, a 14th best in Q1 and 13th best time in Q2 left Nick with a 13th place start, almost equalling his best start position of the season so far.A steady race weekend of Nick Anderson who will be looking to build on his 10th place finish at Thruxton next time out

Race day at the Big Brands Bash got off to the best start for NMT No Limits Kawasaki as Nick returned his best result of the season so far with a fine tenth place finish, delighting the team and his supporters as he continues to make strides forward every weekend. It was a different story for the two STK600 riders as again despite his best efforts, Mason finished fourth but it was disappointment for reigning Motostar Moto3 British champion Weaving who had to retire after the opening lap with clutch issues with Tom Oliver finished a creditable 22nd

After the weekend Team Manager Barry Boughton said. "We have to think about the long term championship position, Mason just didn't have the pace of the front three today. Fourth was probably the best he could do and he stuck to the plan, we'll now move forwards and start planning for the next round.

Jordan has really turned the corner and is building on his progress so far. Once again he qualified well and high hopes for the race but we had an unfortunate issue with the clutch, we don't know as yet why it happened but we'll be investigating to ensure it doesn't happen again as that was our first mechanical DNF in some three or four years.

For Nick it was a really good weekend, he made huge strides at Knockhill and continued that trend here. He qualified well again and really battled hard to take that top ten finish so it's onwards and upwards from here.

It wasn't a bad weekend for us, we just set the bar really high. We're already looking forwards to the next round at Thruxton to continue that upward momentum for all our riders."

Nick Anderson "The weekend was a good one, we've been hovering around the top ten in every session and it was really nice to make the top ten in the race. Unfortunately we went the wrong way with set up for the race and my times weren't what they should have been, but we'll learn from it and hopefully we'll be inside the top ten regularly now. We've changed the geometry of the bike after a recent test and it's made the difference we were looking for so hopefully at Thruxton we'll be well within the top ten.

Mason Law "We have to take the positives from that result and the points that go with it. I took too long to get going in that race and by the time I was closing in on the front guys it was too little too late. I haven't done to many laps around here and it was just one of those race weekends where I wanted time on the bike as from the outset we just didn't have those extra couple of tenths. We'll come back strong at Thruxton and stamp some authority back on the Championship that we still lead."

Jordan Weaving "Once again I qualified well and as I pulled on to the grid I had the feeling something really good was going to happen. As I made the start I immediately felt a problem with the bike as it was revving but not pulling forwards, unfortunately we had a clutch problem which meant I only managed half a lap before pulling in to the garage. I'm disappointed for the team as they work hard on my ZX-6R but it's just one of those things, they'll make a full investigation to make sure it doesn't happen again, such is their professionalism. Thruxton is a great circuit, it's new to me on the bigger bike so we'll see how we go but top five is the aim!"