The ever popular and ultra-fast airfield based circuit near Andover, Hants played host to a massive race day crowd enjoying the sunshine that was so intermittent for practice and qualifying.
Somewhat of a lottery, many Kawasaki riders found themselves in lower grid positions than anticipated and with much work to do. One such case was Shane Byrne who’s qualifying was at odds with a fastest lap during morning warm up on race day.
No matter as Byrne and Josh Brookes entertained the crowds in race one with Byrne an eventual runner up and the fast improving Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider, Dan Linfoot, in an impressive fourth spot. For race two the same duo fought for honours and with the same result, a strong second for Byrne and a points lead in the championship to take to Oulton Park with him.
Likewise in the Stock 1000 race, Essex rider, Danny Buchan, continued his amazing form of 2014 with a hard fought second spot on his Ninja ZX-10R. The former BSB rider has found his mojo this year and was already expressing his desire to get to the next event at Oulton Park on Twitter posts from his pit box at race end.
In terms of consistency it was not simply Byrne and Buchan that carried their form forwards, there was also a slot for Dan Linfoot of the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team who, with two fourth places in the Superbike races, gave the team – and himself – their best results so far in 2014.
Success was not simply confined to the litre class of racing at Thruxton. With a swarm of Ninja machines away from the grid in the Junior Stock 600 race, the prospects for some success were pretty good; and so it proved to be.
Taking five of the first six places across the line at race end, Scotland’s Tarren Mackenzie made third place his own just behind runner up Nick Anderson. In fact eight of the top ten places were occupied by the evergreen ZX-6R.
For Ross Burridge, Racing Coordinator for Kawasaki, there was much to be optimistic about at Thruxton:
"With James Ellison side-lined through injury, we were keen to still fight at the front of the Superbike class, and that we certainly did. I was pleased to see Dan Linfoot ride so well and really show he is capable of running at the front. Shakey is the consummate professional and was as consistent as ever.
We now have four Ninja ZX-10R's in the Superbike showdown positions which is a great position to be in for Kawasaki.
In other classes, I am also really pleased to see Danny Buchan fighting at the front at every round, and showing that he can be competitive at all different types of circuit. And the pack of hungry Ninja riders in the Junior Superstock category shows there is much latent talent in the paddock ready to come through as the year progresses. "