Weaving Takes The Win For NMT No Limits Kawasaki
Weaving Takes The Win For NMT No Limits Kawasaki
Although it’s already a favourite track for all of the NMT No Limits Kawasaki riders, Thruxton will now be forever etched in the memory of Jordan Weaving who took his maiden win in the Superstock 600 class this weekend in Hampshire. The 19 year old South African rider showed all his talent at a race meeting in which he went from strength to strength, first taking pole position and then tasting the sweet nectar of victory.
Across the garage it wasn’t as successful a weekend as Nick Anderson would have liked at his home track, although the number 47 ZX-6R was to continue his run of picking up points in every Pirelli Moto Superstock 600 race he has contested this season. In the Superstock 1000 championship, James East continues to prove he has the pace to run with the top riders showing grit and determination to bounce back from a less than ideal qualifying session to push the top ten all the way to the chequered flag.
Weaving started the weekend in determined mood ending free practice within 0.7seconds of the fastest time leaving him in a perfect position to push even harder. His time in Q1 improved but in final qualifying for Sunday’s race, he timed his fastest run to perfection and posted the quickest time of the weekend putting him in pole position on his final lap. Anderson too progressed as the meeting wore on, if not in position but certainly in time as he pushed the limits around his local circuit finishing qualifying 1.5secs quicker than his free practice performance.
On Sunday, Weaving hared off the line as the Stock 600 race got underway but the competitive nature of the chasing pack wouldn’t let him get away. Tom Ward and Tom Oliver were pestering the Team Green machine and Weaving was to be overtaken going into Club chicane, dropping a little into the pack.
There was no chance that Weaving would take things lying down and he started to pick his way methodically forward from there on, swapping paint and positions as the front five made a bit of a break from the rest. At Club chicane Brad Jones and George Stanley came together and Weaving threaded the needle to take advantage. With the win in his sights, Weaving pulled a little gap and was to take the win that his efforts have so richly deserved and naturally he was delighted.
“It was a real difficult race, but to be honest I love the track and always enjoy riding it,” Weaving said.
“I worked out a race plan over the weekend but that changed almost as soon as the race got underway. It's always hard fighting in a group and that was the case early in the race. So once I got in the lead I just thought I don't want to be forced back to 7th again and I just tried to push really hard from there."
“But once I saw the flag I couldn't believe it. The team work so hard to get my Kawasaki ZX-6R running so well to give me the best chance of winning, so they deserve that good result as much as anyone and I cannot thank them enough.”
A little further back Anderson made up a raft of places from his starting position and finished in 11th place, although it could have been very different had it not been for his determination to make the best of a less than ideal situation. The second of the NMT No Limits Kawasaki riders dropped a couple of places from the start but showed his mettle by fighting back to finish in the points, eight places ahead of where he was as the lights went out to start the race.
“It's was a hard race, I was penned in on the first few turns and paid the price being in 23rd at the end of lap two,” Anderson said.
“I was racing hard but it was a struggle to get away from the chasing pack because of the slip streaming nature of Thruxton it allows people to sit on your back wheel a little. Ideally I would have liked to have finished nearer the front with lots of friends, family and sponsors watching on. But I’m determined to improve and I’ll be sitting down with the team to see how we can make further strides forward at Brands Hatch.”
In Stock 1000, James East opened his round at Thruxton with an impressive top ten performance in free practice, but when it came to qualifying he unfortunately fell at the first turn in Q1 and he missed the remainder of qualifying. But he was determined to not let that affect him on Sunday; confident he could make inroads into the pack ahead.
East made a very quick start to proceedings in the Stock 1000 race, the Cambridgeshire based rider was eager to pick off his fellow racers right from the off. As the lap counter clicked to lap two, East burst into ninth spot, making up six places from his qualifying position and just a lap later he was into eighth as he passed Ben Godfrey. Ahead of him, Fraser Rogers was the next target as East’s pace through the second sector was at times as quick as the leaders.
Alex Olsen, Godfrey, Rogers and East spent the remainder of the race trading places in a fierce battle for points over the last five or so laps and it showed no signs of letting up. But as the chequered flag was waved the Kawasaki ZX-10R of East was just pipped to a top ten finish, ending the race in 11th position.
East admitted it wasn’t the best weekend he’s had: “I had a big crash, a low side at turn one with no warning in Q1. There was nothing I could have done to save it, which meant we were on the back foot somewhat going into the race as I had to miss Q2.
“But, I knew if in the race I got away well, I could pick off quite a few riders in front of me and I did that to get up to 8th. But once again I lost the front at Noble, this time I caught it but lost some places and I dropped back to 11th.
“It was a tough weekend, but we'll put it behind us and push again to achieve our target of a podium at Brands Hatch GP in the next round.”