Step up in class for Kevin

Kevin Van Leuven
Kevin Van Leuven
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G&S Kawasaki Racing are set to begin their 2016 campaign at Silverstone on Sunday when Tom Fisher and Kevin Van Leuven will take part in round one of the National Superstock 1000 championship.

After spending the last two years racing in the Superstock 600 class, Dutch rider Van Leuven is to make the step up to the 1000cc class where he will partner Fisher.

Tom Fisher

Tom Fisher

The Wyberton-based team have recently returned from Spain where they put the new bikes through their paces in some winter testing.

They moved on to Silverstone and Donington last week, taking in the two official British Superbike test days, where they put the finishing touches to the set-up prior to the first race at the weekend.

Van Leuven said: “We have been tweaking things here and there to make sure the bikes are both ready for the first race.

“We made a few changes to the set-up and are now happy with the way the bikes perform.

I am feeling positive and looking forward to my first race in the Stock 1000 class.

Kevin Van Leuven

“I am feeling positive and looking forward to my first race in the Stock 1000 class.”

Fisher added: “We both have a brand new 2016 Kawasaki and it is mint.

“I cannot wait to get it on the track under race conditions to see just how fast it is.

“I have to thank the team for their hard work in getting the machines up to pristine condition and also our sponsors for their continued support.

“I also welcome some new sponsors on board and we will both be trying hard to bring some top results back for them.”

Team manager Mark Fisher said: “Tom was producing some really good results last year and he should improve further this year on the new bike.

“Kevin has moved up from the 600 class and has adapted very well to the bigger bike. He should do well for us this year.

“We have decided to drop the 600 class this year and concentrate all our efforts on the two riders in the stock 1000.”

Free practice at Silverstone is on Friday at 11.45am followed by the first qualifying session later in the day at 2.40pm.

Final qualifying is on Saturday at 12.50pm and the combined results will set the grid for the 11-lap race on Sunday at 2.15pm live on Eurosport 2.