The Completely Motorbikes Affinity Sports Academy Kawasaki riders were out in full force this weekend, in extreme weather conditions at the super-fast Thruxton Circuit. The riders were competing in the British Supersport Championship, National Junior Superstock Championship and the Junior Supersport series.
Quattro Plant British Supersport
Eugene McManus continues to show his skills and secure some fantastic results at each round. He is riding with maturity and really showing his worth, he secured two great results in the Supersport class with a 4th and 5th in the two races. He started from 10th on the grid for race one and 7th in race two, he worked hard in both races to gain the results he did.
Eugene McManus – “The weekend was great fun and great racing, and the weather was fantastic all weekend. I struggled at the start of the weekend but as it went on we made some great improvements and I got two solid finishes giving me strong points. I’d like to thank all at the Completely Motorbikes Affinity Sports Academy for all their efforts as always.”
Pirelli Junior Superstock
It was another solid weekend for the Junior Superstock riders.
Asher Durham qualified 9th, Jacob Hatch 13th and Joe Farragher in 24th. Thruxton always provides some amazing racing and there were changes on every lap. Asher Durham fought hard for a podium and finished in 4th, Jacob Hatch was 12th and Joe Farragher finished in 22nd place.
Asher Durham – “It was another good race; I had the pace for the podium, but I had a few set-up issues and we are going to address this before the next race. I’m pleased with a fourth place and hope to be back fighting for podiums at Cadwell.”
Jacob Hatch – “I had a good race, it was a bit messy on the opening few laps and I made a few mistakes, lost a few places but I learnt a lot and finally settled into a rhythm and got my head down to score some more Championship points.”
Joe Farragher – “It was a pretty good race, I made a few costly mistakes which meant I fell back a few places towards the end of the race, but good steps forward, getting better every time.”
HEL Junior Supersport
The Junior Supersport class normally produces some thrilling racing but with the slip-streaming available at Thruxton it was even closer than normal! It was a great weekend for the Completely Motorbikes Affinity riders with Mikey Hardie and Jack Roach take a win each!
Mikey was having a great weekend and qualified in second place for race one, he rode exceptionally well and hard to gain a stunning win in race one. He got a great start from the second row for race two but sadly crashed out of the lead on the opening lap.
Jack Roach managed to qualify in fourth for the opening race and was locked in the closest of battles for the win in race one but was unfortunately taken out into the last corner of the last lap whilst in a battle for a podium spot. He came out fighting on Sunday for race two and from the off made a blinding start and took to the front, it is difficult to bridge a gap at Thruxton but he did and take a fantastic debut win by an impressive 6.4 seconds. His first podium in the series starts with a win!
James McManus had a good weekend securing a brilliant second place in the opening race on Saturday and got caught up in a messy battle in race two and went from second to seventh on the last lap. He still has the Championship lead by 20 points and looking forward to the rest of the season.
He also won the Completely Cup award, given by Completely Motorbikes for the most consistent rider throughout the series, the Affinity team were all awarded points for podiums, qualifying positions, race finishes and fastest laps. After some quick maths at Thruxton, Eugene was declared the winner, winning a trophy, £500 and livery colour of his choice for one round.
Denise Dal Zotto also had a strong weekend, having never been to Thruxton she was locked in some close battles in both races and just missed out on the points finishing in 16th and 17th place.
Mikey Hardie – “Overall it was a positive weekend. We started the practice sessions in P1 with a gap of half a second and from that point I knew I had the outright pace to qualify well as its normally my weak point! Starting from second on the grid was a big advantage, I got a good start and managed to take to the front and keep my lead, I had some good battles, and it was amazing to take the win! Race two ended a lot earlier than I expected! I managed to hit the front again early on and then just tipping into the chicane I lost the front and crashed out. I’m 4th in the Championship standings and around 43 points behind the leader and still 200 points to play for so I’m looking forward to the next round!”
Jack Roach – “Wow, talk about an up and down weekend! The first race was a disaster, I was in the mix for a podium but sadly got taken out on the last corner of the last lap! I managed to bounce back in race two with a win and a 6.4 second lead, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I can’t wait for Snetterton and keep the momentum rolling.”
James McManus – “It wasn’t a bad weekend; I came away with a second and seventh. I’m not overly happy with race two but it’s 400 racing and it’s so close, I got caught out. I’m happy to come away with more Championship points and onwards now to Snetterton. It’s great to win the Completely Cup, a bit more of a competition within the team and it’s so good to win it! Thank you to Rob and everyone at Completely Motorbikes for their help and support to us riders and the whole team.”
Denise Dal Zotto – “Having never seen the track before I always use the practice sessions to learn where I am going. I had a problem with the transponder during qualifying but managed to qualify in 23rd. In race one I had a bad start and found myself in 28th and managed to come back to 16th. I was unable to do a fast lap in race one so had to start from 24th for race two but I was locked in a battle for 14th, finishing 17th in the end. I am happy with the progress we have made and look forward to the next round.”