KADE VERWEY HAPPY WITH STRONG PACE AT BRANDS HATCH
KADE Verwey just missed out on a points finish at Brands Hatch as the Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship returned to action over the weekend.
The Team XG Racing Kawasaki rider powered through a weekend of changeable weather conditions to cross the line 16th after a hard-fought race at the iconic GP circuit on Sunday.
Just a couple of weeks after celebrating his 21st birthday, Kade and the team returned to action for the third round of the fiercely competitive BSB support series.
The weekend started off hot and dry at the Kent track and after trying to find a solid pace during free practice, it was back to square one when rain hit shortly before qualifying on Saturday.
Despite starting wet, the track dried out as the minutes ticked by and it became a tyre gamble for all riders, with Kade choosing to stick with the wets and eventually qualifying 20th ahead of Sunday’s race.
A small error at the start just cost him a bit of time but he was determined to fight on and picked up two places in the opening lap before settling into a strong rhythm as he got caught up with the pack.
Making up another two places over the next few laps he settled into a pack of nine riders all separated by less than a second and crossed the line 16th when the race was red-flagged two laps early, narrowly missing out on a points finish and just a few tenths of a second away from the top 10.
And while he was a bit disappointed not to pick up any points, he heads to the next round knowing he had the pace to run up front and mix it with the leaders.
“I started 20th and had a really good launch off the line but unfortunately lost grip before I even changed a gear,” he said. “When I changed to gears two and three, it started to spin up so I had to let off which messed up my start a bit.
“Aside from that, I was really quite happy with my progress, the result didn’t really reflect how I was riding. I was running in the group which went up to eighth and I had the pace to be ahead of that group but it wasn’t easy to overtake due to slippery conditions off the dry line.
“I’ve definitely got my mojo back and I’m really looking forward to the next round at Thruxton this weekend where I think I should be able to bring home some good results.”
Kade and Team XG Racing Kawasaki will be back in action this coming weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire for the fourth round of the series
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lane and Mike Petch
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