18 June 2013 Knockhill BSB: Kawasaki old hands show young guns the way

Always a challenging venue, the Scottish round of the British Superbike Championship witnessed the skill and determination of seasoned Kawasaki campaigners enjoying the spoils of success.
With back to back wins for Shane Shakey Byrne on his Rapid Solicitors Minx Flix Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, the Superbike races were also notable for a points boosting brace of top five placings for fan favourite Chris “The Stalker” Walker.

Riding from pole position in race one, Byrne was imperious on the Paul Bird Motorsport machine pleasing a huge crowd and extending his points lead in the series. Walker meanwhile galvanised his claim to a place in the season end rider showdown with two fifth places on his Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Riding in a determined yet measured way, Stalker took full advantage of other riders mistakes to end the weekend a solid sixth place in the points standings.

Another established rider also made best of his hard earned skills at Knockhill, this time in the Supersport races. Long time Gearlink Kawasaki star, Ben Wilson took the Saturday Supersport race by the scruff of the neck and, in his usual elbow down-no compromise style took the top podium step. With considerable support for Scottish rider, and former Kawasaki pilot Start Easton, Gearlink’s Lincolnshire ace defeated both Easton and on-form teammate, Alastair Seeley to claim a second win on Sunday, a Supersport feat that is as rare as it is welcome.

Taking their lead form seasoned pro’s Kawasaki’s “young guns” also displayed remarkable tenacity and racecraft at Knockhill in the 600 and 1000cc stock classes. With Joe Burns and Hudson Kennaugh both on the Superstock 1000 podium on their Ninjas it was fitting that a Kawasaki rider also stood “on the box” in the Junior Superstock outing with an uncompromising display by Gearlink Kawasaki rider, Luck Hedger taking second spot. Equally impressive – especially in light of his very recent arrival in the class, was former Ninja 250 cup winner, Mason Law, who placed a creditable sixth having qualified fourteenth.

As Ross Burridge commented after the event, the season this far for Kawasaki and Kawasaki riders is unfolding in impressive style: “Shane Byrne is in unstoppable form, as he heads towards what would be a record breaking fourth title. It's still early days, but everything is pointing in the right direction.

Ben Wilson was superb this weekend, and I was so pleased to see him back to his old self, I really hope he and Alastair can continue their crowd pleasing fight for the Supersport title, which the Gearlink team so thoroughly deserve.

Finally, a special mention must also go to Mason Law on his Chris Walker Race School Kawasaki, who in only his fifth race on a 600cc machine finished a solid sixth in the Junior Superstock class.”

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