KADE VERWEY HAPPY WITH RACE-LEADING PACE AT DONINGTON PARK
KADE Verwey finally got the chance to show his frontrunning potential at Donington Park – but was denied his first Pirelli National Junior Superstock podium after being taken out from third place.
However, the 21-year-old from Silverstone is excited about the remainder of the season after demonstrating his skills and lap record speed across the weekend.
The Team XG Racing Kawasaki rider came out fighting as soon as Friday’s free practice got underway at Donington’s National circuit, immediately hitting the top three.
Then, during Saturday’s qualifying, he dipped under the lap record and managed to clock the second fastest lap to give him his first ever class front row for Sunday’s 20-lap race.
After a perfect start from second on the grid he took the lead into turn one and led the opening lap before slipping back to second and then third – although he was still within half a second of the leader and was keen to just keep a watching brief over his rivals for a few laps before making a move back for the front.
But his hopes were dashed on lap seven when the rider running in fourth position ran into his back wheel and sent him into a high-speed crash. He was uninjured but his race was finished and now he is looking forward to getting another chance this weekend when the series heads to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.
“On the whole I’m really quite happy with how the weekend went,” he said. “It was good to be back at the top end of the grid and fighting for the win.
“In FP1 and FP2 I was straight into the top three and I went into qualifying aiming for the lap record and wasn’t sure I’d get it, but I went out and got under it and was second on the grid. I was really happy to start on the front row again as it’s been a while.
“In the race I was really feeling good and got the holeshot. Two of the guys came past me and I thought ‘I’ll sit behind them and wait until the end’ because it was a long race. Unfortunately, another rider took me out just as I was getting into a really good rhythm.
“He ran into my back wheel causing it to unload the front and causing it to tuck. It was quite a tumble, but fortunately I didn’t get hurt and I’ll keep training hard to be ready for Cadwell.
“I know I didn’t get the top three result I was looking for this weekend, but I’ve shown I’ve got the pace so Cadwell Park this weekend should be just as good.”
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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