Donington despair for Wyberton team

Kevin Van Leuven
Kevin Van Leuven

Things didn’t go to plan for Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki at Donington Park when Kevin Van Leuven failed to qualify for his national Superstock 600 race after struggling in the wet conditions.

Friday’s free practice session went really well for the Dutch rider, who completed the session in 11th place and was quickest through the speed trap.

But the weather took a turn for the worse and it rained heavily for both sessions.

Van Leuven couldn’t get to grips with the notoriously difficult track in the wet conditions and just missed out on a place on the grid.

Team manager Mark Fisher said: “Obviously we are bitterly disappointed not to have made it onto the starting grid.

“We will work with Kevin over the next few weeks to build his confidence in the wet on British circuits.

“The team worked really hard with him throughout the weekend but the changes we made just didn’t give him the confidence to even try to find the feel.

“He just didn’t seem to gel with the track in any shape or form in the wet.”

Van Leuven said: “I am disappointed but I know that if we can get some extra track time I will get my confidence up and I will go faster.

“It’s not a case of just getting to know the tracks but also getting to know the bike, especially in these conditions.

“But we will work together over the next few weeks and we will come good.”