HEROIC TEAM EFFORT AS KADE VERWEY SALVAGES POINTS FINISH
KADE Verwey has hailed his team’s incredible efforts after salvaging a points finish despite a huge crash at this weekend’s Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship round at Snetterton.
The 21-year-old from Silverstone was within reach of pole position times in qualifying before another rider, who was coasting on the racing line, caused him to crash and nearly write off his ZX-6R machine.
But his Team XG Racing Kawasaki squad gathered all hands on deck to rebuild the bike and get him back out for a second-row start in Sunday’s race as he eventually came home 13th on a machine he had effectively never ridden.
After a strong FP1 and FP2 where he ran as high as fifth, Kade headed out for qualifying with momentum on his side as he quickly laid down a top-three time before being shuffled back to sixth.
But just as he was headed back out, confident in going even faster, disaster struck at the first turn as he was forced to take avoiding action to avoid a rider touring on the racing line and with nowhere to go, crashed hard.
The team immediately got to work rebuilding the bike and the machine was ready just in time to start Sunday’s race after a 24-hour rebuild.
Lining up sixth on the grid, he dropped a few places off the start to hold 10th for the opening half of the race before losing another few places in the final third.
But he managed to pick off another rider and just lost out on gaining another place as he crossed the line 13th.
And although it may not be the finish his qualifying speed showed he is capable of, he’s happy to be heading to home turf at Silverstone this weekend as he looks to build on his front-running pace.
“In FP1 and FP2 we showed pretty good pace and I was quite confident with where the weekend was going,” he said. “In qualifying I was feeling really good – I even led some of it and was in the top three with a few laps left confident I could go quicker and perhaps get pole.
“But as I went into the first corner someone was coasting. I had to take avoiding action and as a result crashed at a very fast part of the track. The bike took a lot of damage, it was pretty much completely written off but thanks to my earlier time I only dropped back to sixth.
“The team worked through the night and almost 24-hours later it was ready, they did an amazing job putting it back together but we didn’t have a chance to shake it down so I went out to the race on a bike that was pretty much rebuilt.
“There were a few little issues which caused me to drop back to 13th in the end. Frustrating, but at least we got some points and I know that I’m capable of being up there.”
“I have to thank the team for how hard they worked putting the bike back together during the weekend and at least we got out in the race. Onwards and upwards, hopefully at Silverstone we can get that result we’ve been waiting for.”
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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