Duo forced to retire but Van Leuven battles on

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It was a weekend to forget for Wyberton’s G&S Racing 
Kawasaki at Cadwell Park when National Superstock 1000 riders Tom Fisher and Dominic Usher were forced to retire with machine problems.

But the saving grace came from Dutch rider Kevin Van Leuven who completed his race in 24th place.

Usher was running well within the top 10 during free practice and first qualifying but suffered a crash in the final session which dropped him down to ninth place for a third row start to his race on Monday morning.

As soon as the race began it became apparent that there was an issue with the bike and after just five laps he was forced to retire into the pits.

Fisher qualified for a ninth row start and was beginning to make progress through the field. But a rider ahead crashed and scattered gravel and stones across the track. Another rider’s wheel threw the stones up into Fisher’s face and arm, smashing his visor.

Although he tried to continue his visibility was impaired and he had no option but to retire from the race.

In the stock 600 class Van Leuven worked his way up to complete the 11 laps in 24th place.

The next round is at the weekend at Silverstone. The National Superstock 1000 championship round is part of the support package to 
MotoGP.