MOTORCYCLING:Weather a challenge for Kawasaki trio
A weekend of changing weather conditions at Knockhill the weekend before last proved challenging for the three G&S Racing Kawasaki riders.
In the fifth round of the Pirelli Superstock championships, TJ Toms and Kevin Keyes were ninth and seventh respectively in the Stock 600 class.
In the 1000 class, Milo Ward had been working hard to find a good set-up for the short and technical Scottish circuit and qualified for a ninth row start to the first race on Saturday. He gave it his best shot and finished 21st.
The weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday for race two. The spray caused havoc with his vision and he witnessed riders slipping off their machines. He made it through to 23rd place before the rain got even worse and he pulled into the pits.
By the time the Stock 600 riders formed the grid the rain had eased.
Toms lined up on row four for the start. After a slight gear selection problem on the first lap, he began a comeback, taking ninth at the flag.
Keyes was also on the fourth row and got a clean start to move up into ninth place. By lap 19 of the 22 he was in sixth but was overhauled by Brent Harran on the final lap.
Team manager Tom Fisher said: “What a weekend we had at Knockhill. For the first two days of free practice and qualifying it was lovely, the sun was out and it was hot. But then it changed and we had a horrendous thunderstorm later on Saturday which flooded the track. On Sunday it was raining again when the Stock 1000 riders went out and after all his hard work on Saturday Milo was forced to pull in as it was too dangerous for him to continue.
“Kevin and TJ did their best to bring home good results to the team in their race. It was the first time at Knockhill for the 636 and we had no wet practice, just a two-lap warm-up so we used the wet settings from Brands and went into the race on a wing and a prayer. But the boys did very well and although not quite on the pace of the leaders they knuckled down and rode through to two good results. Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support, we do appreciate all they do for us.”
Ward is at Donington Park on Sunday as the stock 1000s have a race at the World Superbike round. Then he will join Keyes and Toms at Snetterton on July 19-21.