POSITIVE START AS KADE VERWEY MAKES ‘BIG BIKE’ RACE DEBUT AT SILVERSTONE
KADE Verwey is fired-up for the season ahead after making his Pirelli National Superstock Championship debut at Silverstone over the Easter weekend.
The 21-year-old, who lives just a stone’s throw from the iconic motorsport venue, is feeling excited about the rest of the 2022 season after learning more about his new bike and championship at his local round.
Verwey has this year stepped-up to the higher powered 1000cc class – one of the toughest and fastest motorcycle racing series in the UK – as his family-run Team XG Racing moves to BMW machinery.
Although the opening round didn’t go to plan with two non-finishes, the team learnt a lot more about the new bike, which is positive moving forward.
Electrical issues struck during the practice sessions and once again during qualifying, meaning he could only manage six laps and qualified down in 30th position for the opening race.
A small crash while trying to carve his way through the pack on the opening lap put an early end to his first race and also meant he had to start the second from the back of the grid in 39th position.
As race two got underway, he got a strong start and made up seven places in the opening lap and continued to make solid progress. Having made up more than a dozen places and still feeling a bit beaten up from the previous day’s crash, he retired from the race on lap 15.
“It may not have been the start we wanted, but actually, I’m feeling quite happy with what we did achieve at the first round,” he said.
“We had electrical gremlins in both practice sessions which we thought we might have resolved going into qualifying but I did two flying laps and it started playing up again so that meant I started from towards the back of the grid which made it quite difficult in race one.
“We solved the problem which was great, but I’d had hardly any laps until that first race, I was starting from near the back and had very little track time all weekend so it wasn’t the easiest of tasks.
“I went into the race with high hopes but unfortunately on the first lap I just tried to gain too much too soon and accidentally got caught up with someone and crashed. It meant starting the second race from the back of the grid.
“I was still feeling a little second hand and although I made up a lot of ground, after 15 laps I decided it was pointless pushing my body when it wasn’t 100 per cent and that I’d be best off getting some physio and going again at the next round.
“It may not have been the weekend we were hoping for, but it was also positive because I learnt a lot about the bike, we tried a lot of things, and we solved the electrical problem so it means we can regroup and come back and start afresh at Oulton Park in a fortnight.”
Photo’s courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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