Mermaids Sponsorship of BSB 2013 Season Begins!
Walker Stars For Quattro Kawasaki At Season Opener
The Quattro Plant Kawasaki team got their 2013 British Superbike Championship campaign underway at Brands Hatch at the weekend and whilst it was an up and down meeting for the team, Chris Walker starred with a set of excellent results.
Continuing with the strong form he showed throughout 2012, Chris opened his account with an excellent seventh place in the opening 30-lap race, just three tenths of a second behind sixth placed Keith Farmer and ahead of former triple Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari as well as reigning Australian Superbike Champion Josh Waters and American PJ Jacobsen.
The second race followed a similar pattern with Chris again in contention for a top six position but when Tommy Bridewell’s Honda machine started throwing out water, he had to ease his pace slightly so as not to get caught up in an accident and it was enough for the pack behind to close up. Nevertheless, Chris brought the bike home for another solid eighth place and with 17 points from the two races, he’s slotted in to a more than useful seventh overall in the Championship table.
For new team member Buchan, it wasn’t the debut with the team he’d hoped for though as he suffered with technical issues all weekend, meaning he never got to complete either of the two races. However, the youngster rode hard all weekend, maintaining a professional approach at all times and, with a bit more fortune, the whole team are confident he’ll be joining Walker in the points at the second round.
National Superstock 1000cc Championship contenders Kyle Wilks and Steve Heneghan also experienced disappointment as they crashed out of the races, the former impressing greatly though as he battled for a top 15 position in his first 1000cc outing.
Pete Extance, Team Manager: “Chris had a very consistent weekend, and he was always in the top ten, enjoying an excellent first race to claim seventh and get his campaign underway in the style we’ve all become accustomed to. It looked like he’d better that in race two, but when Bridewell’s bike started smoking, it allowed Karl Harris and Peter Hickman to close up. As we all know, Chris always battles hard and he was rewarded with another top eight finish and a good solid start to the season.”
“Danny had no luck at all and suffered with technical gremlins all weekend but his time will come and, hopefully, at the next round he’ll be able to start showing his true potential and what we all know he’s capable of. A big thanks to John Murphy of the Quattro Plant Group and to all our sponsors for a great first weekend together and we’re all looking forward to the next round.
Mermaids Dive Center Pattaya Thailand Sponsor the BSB 2013 Quatro plant Kawasaki Team!
The series now moves on to Thruxton, Hampshire with round two taking place next weekend April 12th – 14th.
Pictures by Tim Keeton – Impact Images