Quattro Plant Kawasaki – Mermaids Dive Center Sponsorship
Quattro Plant Kawasaki at Silverstone October 2013
A challenging weekend for Quattro Plant Kawasaki but more points for Walker and Burrell The penultimate round of the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship at Silverstone proved to be achallenging weekend for Quattro Plant Kawasaki but riders Chris Walker and Barry Burrell were able to emerge with some solid points and again show both their skill and determination.
It was Burrell who picked up the team’s best finish from the two races, the Bishop Auckland rider taking tenth place in the opening 14-lap race, his fourth top ten finish since joining the team. The ride was particularly impressive given a tough qualifying session had left him back in 21st place and with the 12th fastest lap of the race he was able to start the second race from the more advanced position of the fourth row as opposed to the seventh.
Part of a superb nine-rider battle for eighth, which also included team-mate Walker, Barry looked like he’d be able to replicate his first race result when he moved inside the top ten on lap four. However, with the rear tyre spinning on the rim, he was struggling all race for grip and was powerless to halt his slide down the pack, eventually crossing the line in 16th place, just outside the points.
Like Burrell, Nottingham’s Walker endured a tough qualifying session as he tried to find a good race set-up and qualified in 14th place, going one place better in the opening race of the day. The second race was a lot better for the wily campaigner and although he just missed out on a top ten finish to ex-World Superbike rider Jakub Smrz, he was able to claim eleventh place at the chequered flag for five more hard-earned points. The results also mean Chris continues to hold on to tenth place overall in the Championship.
Pete Extance, Quattro Plant Kawasaki Team Manager: “Overall I’m really pleased with the way both riders dug in after poor qualifying and Barry’s ride in race one from 21st to 10th was very impressive; indeed, had it not been for the rear tyre spinning on the rim, he could have done even better in race two. Chris was battling for points all weekend and in usual ‘Stalker’ style dug deep to score 11th and 13th. It was a tough weekend but he again showed he is still prepared to battle right until the very end.” The final round of the series takes place at Brands Hatch, Kent on October 18-20 with three races being held over the weekend.
Pictures by Tim Keeton – Impact Images Phil Wain Freelance PR
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