KADE VERWEY VOWS TO FIGHT ON DESPITE UNLUCKY HOME ROUND
KADE Verwey has vowed to bounce back even stronger after an unlucky home round of the Pirelli Junior Superstock Championship at the weekend.
The 21-year-old was denied a result after he was T-boned by another rider and forced into a big crash during Sunday’s race at Silverstone.
But he is refusing to dwell on what proved to be another tough weekend through no fault of his own – and is instead focusing on finishing the final three rounds in style.
Verwey, who lives just a few miles away from the iconic track, had been among the frontrunners during free practice, ending the second session second overall and had been the first rider to dip under the existing lap record.
However, things took a turn when a small mechanical problem hit in qualifying and he was unable to bank a fast enough lap to qualify at the front and had to make do with 15th on the grid for Sunday’s race.
At the green light he got a good start, launching himself several places up the order and was feeling strong and confident until he was suddenly wiped out by another rider who had cut across the grass and rejoined, sending him flying into the gravel.
Thankfully unhurt, he was disappointed to not even complete one lap due to someone else’s mistake but is now looking ahead to the remainder of the season.
“In many ways it was a similar weekend to what we’ve had all year,” he said. “I had really great pace in free practice and was second in FP2 but we unfortunately had a bit of a mechanical problem in qualifying and I had struggled to get a lap in.
“I qualified 15th which wasn’t too bad and I still felt I could win from that position because the nature of the track at Silverstone means it’s quite hard to break away so you tend to get a good group chasing the win – I thought if I could get up with that group at the start I’d be okay.
“But you can’t really plan a race. I had a good start, the first corner was great then I went around the outside of a few people into the next one and then up the inside into Becketts. I settled into the corner then out of nowhere someone cut over the grass and T-boned me and took me out the race.
“This year I seem to just keep getting taken out which is very unfortunate and unlucky but you can’t sit and dwell, you have to move on. I know I’ve got the pace – I’ve shown it all year – but now I need to get some luck on my side and get some results for the final few rounds.”
Kade will be back in action in just under a fortnight when the series returns to Oulton Park in Cheshire.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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