Kevin Van Leuven was unable to join the team on track at Thruxton this weekend, which left Tom Fisher and new team rider Luke Hedger to fly the flag for Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki in the latest round of the British Superstock 1,000.
Both riders suffered from lack of grip at the Hampshire circuit, but both brought their bikes home safely, although not in a point scoring position.
Hedger (pictured - photo: Dave Yeomans) joined the team during the week and - having never seen the bike, let alone raced a 1,000cc machine - it was a big ask for him to jump on the bike and produce a top result.
Nonetheless, the 20-year-old rider approached the task in a very professional manner and soon got to grips with it, completing his qualifying in a very creditable 18th place to start his race from the sixth row.
He completed the first lap in 21st place and, as he grew in confidence, began to move forward to 18th by lap four.
But as the race wore on the tyres began to wear and he dropped back to complete the 13-lap affair in 25th position.
He said: “It was a steep learning curve for me to step up to the big bike this weekend. But we managed to find a good set up for the race and I really enjoyed it out there.
“It was a hard race and of course like everyone else tyre degradation was a problem towards the end.”
Fisher was struggling with set up throughout the weekend, but he qualified for a ninth row start and made up four places on the first lap.
He continued to move forward throughout the 13 laps to cross the finish line in 20th position.
Team manager Mark Fisher said: “Tom couldn’t find a good set up during practice and qualifying but we made a few changes for the race and he went much better.
“As is the norm here at Thruxton, we struggled to make the tyre last but both riders brought the bikes back safely and - although they didn’t make it up into the points this time - I am pleased with the way both riders approached the weekend.”
The next round is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of August 5-7.
There Dutchman Van Leuven will again be present as G&S see three riders in action on the circuit.