KADE VERWEY DOWN BUT NOT OUT AT SILVERSTONE
KADE Verwey has vowed to bounce back after a crash in Sunday’s Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship race at Silverstone denied him of a strong points finish.
The 20-year-old had been looking good for another strong finish at his local track when he crashed out on the 11th lap, hitting his leg and foot hard on the Tarmac and bringing a premature end to his race.
Kade’s weekend had started well as he found himself running consistently in the top 10 during free practice, eventually qualifying 12th for the 22-lap race. Despite dropping to 14th at the start, he felt happy and confident with his Team XG Racing Kawasaki as he quickly began to claw back position, passing several riders as he tore through the pack.
By lap 11 he was running ninth and keen to take at least a few more places when the bike flicked out and he was thrown off, landing heavily on his leg.
“It was looking good and I felt like I was on for a good finish, then I had the crash – the bike kicked out and snapped back on me,” he said. “Up until then I was quite happy with the weekend and the way things were going.
“Qualifying was so close, I was fourth until the last two laps and then all of a sudden I was 12th but I knew in the race I had the pace. I thought ‘I might be on for a podium here’ and then the crash happened.
“It’s sore but I’m not too sad because I was happy with how it was going and I know what I can do. I felt really confident with the bike setup, I just got caught out.
“I have an appointment to assess the damage, but I’ve had some X-rays and luckily they didn’t see anything obvious broken. At least it’s my right foot and not my gear changing foot so it could be worse. I’m feeling quite positive considering the circumstances and hopefully I can be back soon.”
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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