The new circuit layout meant the team had to go back to the drawing board regarding the bike settings pre Fridays FP1 session. However, Crew Chief Alex Smith and Race Engineer Garry Hayes worked very hard to put a package together that would enable the boys to be up at the sharp end from the word go.
After a strong day on Friday, Saturdays qualifying sessions didn’t go exactly to plan. A small mechanical issue ruled Jones out early on in the session after having only done 2 laps. Meaning he would start from the back of the grid.
As the bar banging continued, a close shave with Seeley put Kennedy out on the grass. Lucky to keep it upright, he had a big job to catch the leaders back. And that, he did. With around 6 laps to go, a number of riders started to have tyre issues, with James Rispoli crashing out after his tyre completely delaminated going into turn one. On the final laps, Seeley’s tyre deflected. Kennedy was also having major tyre issues but managed to nurse the bike home in 3rd place.
"Silverstone produced some close racing with two fast, hectic races. All credit to my team as we had a good feeling from the outset on the new track layout. The iffy conditions in qualifying meant starting from the third row for the sprint race wasn't ideal, but after a good start I got stuck in; fighting through the pack just narrowly missing out on the win by 0.068s.
"Starting from pole for race 2 it was another frantic scrap, trading the lead with Currie and Seeley every lap for the win. On lap 7, I got squeezed in T2 and had to take avoiding action onto the grass, rejoining in 8th. I then went on a charge to recover the ground and caught up with the group again, breaking my own lap record on the way. We were back in the mix, but with 6 laps to go ran into tyre trouble. I had to stand it up to drive and knew I couldn't ask anymore of it having managed it so much. I nursed it to the line to take the final podium spot and 16 valuable points which is good, as I think we were lucky to finish in the end. Onto Oulton Park this weekend where we will be aiming for the two wins!"
"A challenging weekend for me, having had some mechanical issues on the Saturday which ruled me out of qualifying and also race 1 after 6 laps. Come Sunday, I felt like I hadn’t done many laps but the race was a good battle, trading paint with many riders. 8th wasn’t the result I wanted, but after starting further down the grid due to the mechanicals it was good to bring it home and get some points on the board. Up to 6th in the championship now, so it’s all eyes on Oulton Park this weekend - I can’t wait!"
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