TOUGH YET ENCOURAGING DONINGTON PARK WEEKEND FOR KADE VERWEY
KADE Verwey is feeling positive about the season ahead after achieving his first Pirelli National Superstock Championship race finish at Donington Park.
The Team XG Racing BMW rider bounced back from a tough race one to carve his way through the field in the second race and is happy to have finally turned a corner after a run of bad luck.
Back to a two-race schedule at the Leicester track, the 21-year-old from Silverstone qualified in 22nd spot ahead of the opening race. Unfortunately, just a few laps in, he suffered a technical issue which resulted in the race being stopped and restarted, which he was unable to re-join.
This meant he started the second race from the back of the grid in 36th position with it all to do when the lights changed. With a few changes made to the bike, he got off the line well and made up seven places in the opening lap alone.
From there, he put his head down and continued his charge, carving his way up to 23rd eventually crossing the line 24th.
“It may not have been the start to the weekend that we wanted, but I left feeling positive in the end because it was our first finish of the season,” he said.
“In race one, I had this technical problem which ended up causing a red flag so apologies to everyone who was affected by that – including my brother, Luke, who crashed out as a result.
“It had been a good race until then, I was up to about 17th and making steady progress but because I wasn’t able to join when it was re-started, it meant I scored no result and had to start the second race from the back.
“It was a hard race. Starting 36th was never going to be easy but the changes we’d made felt pretty good and I was showing much stronger pace. It’s always hard when you start further back but I think I did the best I could under the circumstances.
“The main thing is that we have made improvements and we’ve got that first race finish now. Hopefully we can go to the next round, continue to make progress and get closer to the points.”
Verwey and the rest of the field have a few weeks off before the next round, which will be held at Knockhill in Scotland in June.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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