SOLID RETURN AS KADE VERWEY JUST MISSES OUT ON POINTS AT SNETTERTON
KADE Verwey narrowly missed out on a points finish as he returned to Pirelli National Superstock Championship action at Snetterton.The Team XG Racing BMW rider was back on track again after missing two rounds as a result of a huge crash during testing at a No Limits club race at Brands Hatch in August. Kade had tried to make a comeback at Cadwell Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend but decided to pull out of the weekend after an early spill over the mountain just six laps into first practice, realising he wasn’t up to full fitness. Instead, he chose the Norfolk track to return to action in a round which featured just one race. It was tough start to his return as heavy rain and changeable conditions made the opening day tricky as the team made various changes to help get him comfortable before eventually settling for a setting he had used previously. Qualifying in 21st position, he was a little disappointed not to be higher up the grid but, still struggling with stiffness and pain, he was happy just to be back racing and headed into Sunday’s race looking to simply seal the best result he could. And it was to prove a solid comeback race for the 22-year-old as he kept a cool head and pushed forward, enjoying a close battle for the final point to cross the line p16 and a mere 0.137sec off the rider in 15th position.
“It was a tough weekend because I’m still not back to full fitness, but I actually exceeded my expectations,” he said. “I went to Snetterton not really expecting too much from the weekend because of the condition I was in. “Thanks to the weather, the first session was a bit of a write-off and it wasn’t really until qualifying that I was comfortable with the set up and even though I was a bit disappointed with 21st on the grid, I knew I could go well despite being a bit stiff and sore. “Finishing 16th was a good result for me under the circumstances. I was fit enough to race safely but not really enough to compete at the level I had been at in the previous rounds so it was a decent result – I wasn’t in the points but I was just a millisecond off one, but that’s just how it goes. “Looking over the weekend as a whole, I’m quite happy with how it went and how my recovery is going and I feel quite positive going into the next round at Oulton. “I’ve got about a week and a half until then to further recover and I really want to make sure I’m fighting fit so hopefully we can get back into the top 10 and pick up some more solid points.”
The next round of the Pirelli National Superstock Championship will be held at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the weekend September 23-25.
Photo’s courtesy of Bonnie Lane
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