KADE Verwey is fired up for the rest of the season after making good progress despite being denied a finish in Monday’s Pirelli National Superstock race at Oulton Park.

Aboard his Team XG Racing BMW, the 21-year-old had been looking to build on his progress from the opening round at Silverstone as he headed to Cheshire for the second round – and just his second race weekend on 1000cc machinery.

With just one race over the Bank Holiday weekend, Kade was keen to make amends after a tough round one and spent most of the three days working on setup and making various changes to make his machine more comfortable to ride.

Qualifying in 26th position ahead of Monday’s race, he found himself lining up between road racing legends John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop and got a good start.

He managed to stick with Dunlop as the race got underway, making up a few places and was feeling confident that he could make up even more positions when he was once again hit by a random electrical fault, forcing him to retire on lap six.

It may not have been the result he was looking for, but he left the circuit feeling very happy with the progress made and confident he and the team will be able to fight back at his favourite track, Donington Park, later this month.

Kade Verwey:
“It was an interesting round, we arrived with not the best setup for the track but we made huge progress throughout the weekend and the bike feels so much more comfortable to ride,” he said.

“The bike felt completely different by the time we went into qualifying so it took a few laps to get used to it but I felt so much better and the potential was clear as it felt so much easier to get a good lap time.

“Lining up between McGuinness and Dunlop was quite an experience and we went into the race after making a few little changes. I got away well and I was on the back of Michael for the first part. I was learning a lot and still getting comfortable but I was slowly chipping away at my time.

“Unfortunately, all of a sudden we were caught out by an intermittent electrical fault again which ended the race. It was a shame to get this DNF because we had made such great progress.

“It may not have been the result we were looking for but I’m happy with how the weekend went and the improvements we made. My next round is at Donington Park, one of my favourite tracks, so I’m excited for that and hopefully we’ll get good results there.”

Photo’s courtesy of Bonnie Lane


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