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Completely Motorbikes race report – Knockhill

Completely Motorbikes Triumph Team

The Completely Motorbikes Triumph consisting of Eugene and James McManus had a pretty solid weekend at Knockhill in the Quattro Plant British Supersport class. Eugene rode well and secured 11th in race one and then a fantastic fifth place in race two. James had a good opening race and finished in the points in 14th but unfortunately crashed out of race two.

Eugene had a great qualifying session and qualified in 6th place for race one, James was 18th. Supersport always produces some amazing racing and it is always very close. Eugene had a tough opening race and struggled to find the pace he was needing to challenge near the front end but he still gained points by finishing in 11th. James worked hard throughout the race making up places and securing some vital Championship points by finishing 14th.

For race two Eugene started from 8th position and James from 18th. Eugene got a great start and was eager to be up near the front. His pace was great and he worked hard to finish in 5th place, his best result of the season so far. James got a good start again and looked good but sadly crashed out on the opening lap.

Eugene McManus – “Thank you to all the Completely Motorbikes Triumph team for all their hard work this weekend at Knockhill. We had good pace this weekend, it was a bit of a challenging first race but we kept working towards race two and we got a much better result.

We will now build on that for the next rounds and make more progress at Snetterton. Thank you to all my sponsors that make it happen!”

James McManus – “It was a good solid weekend and more points on the board. I made a silly mistake in race two and crashed but all round I’m happy with the weekend and moving forwards to Snetterton and continuing the progression.”

Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki Team

Pirelli National Junior Superstock

The Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship took the trip North this weekend to Knockhill Circuit in Scotland.

Mikey Hardie, Jacob Hatch and Jack Roach were racing for the Completely Kawasaki team this weekend. They all had a steady qualifying session with Mikey starting from 10th, Jacob 16th and Jack 21st.

Mikey has been struck by bad luck for a lot of the season and he managed to finish race one in a strong position of 9th place. Jacob had another solid result in the opening race with an 11th place finish and Jack worked hard to finish in the points in 13th place.

For race two Mikey started from 9th, Jack from 12th and Jacob 13th, this gave them all a better advantage on the grid and potential for some strong results. Jacob fought hard and secured a strong 8th position in race two, Mikey finished in 13th place and sadly Jack was hit by another in the initial part of the race before the red flag came out and they were due a restart, Jacks bike was too badly damaged to re-join.

Mikey Hardie – “It was a very positive weekend for me right from the beginning, in FP1 I had to learn the track as I’ve never been there before, this was easier than I first thought, and I finished in 25th. FP2 I was happy with cutting my time by 1.1 seconds and putting me in 16th place, I had a better set-up and knew where I was going on the track!

I had my best dry qualifying finishing in 10th but started from 13th place due to my grid penalty from the previous round.

Race one was great I managed to get a good start, putting me through to 9th and battling for 8th for the entire 20-laps, the other rider just got the better of me. In race two I was caught up in an incident at turn three which put me and one other right at the back of the pack, the race was then red flagged and re-started.

During the re-start I was fighting for the podium in 7th in a huge battle of 8 riders, unfortunately I had a small issue with the bike, it was manageable, but I had to drop back several places finishing in 13th in the end.

Thank you to the Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki team.”

Jack Roach – “Friday was a good start we made a lot of progression with the bike with the set-up, suspension, and gearing. Qualifying my position wasn’t the best but the times were extremely close, so I was happy with that. I worked my way through the pack in the race and I had good pace but due to my poor qualifying I wasn’t able to battle for a podium. I’m happy with 13th from where I started from.

Race two didn’t last very long, only two laps. I dodged a fallen rider, but I got hit from behind, I tried to get out for the re-start but I had a flat tyre.

I will take the positives from this weekend and move on to Snetterton.”

Jacob Hatch – “It was a tough weekend as I didn’t have my normal mechanic with me, we just struggled to find the correct set-up all weekend on the bike to give me the pace I needed to be fighting at the front.

I still managed two solid results in the points which I’m pleased about and moved up one place in the Championship standings. I will take all the positives from the weekend with me to the next round at Snetterton.”

HEL Performance Junior Supersport

The Completely Motorbikes Junior Supersport riders were back in action this weekend at Knockhill. The team consisting of Kalvin Kelly, Adam Brown, Rossi Dobson and Charlotte Marcuzzo had a pretty solid weekend at the twisty and tight Knockhill circuit.

Qualifying went well with Kalvin starting from 6th place, Adam 9th, Rossi 18th and Charlotte 21st.

It was a tricky first race for the Completely Motorbikes team, only Rossi was able to bring the bike home in the points with a solid 14th place. Adam was 17th and Charlotte 22nd, Kalvin had a DNF.

For race two Kalvin started from 8th, Adam from 15th, Rossi 18th and Charlotte 23rd. All four riders had a great ride and made great progress through the tough race. Kalvin was in a battle for the win and just missed out on a podium position by 0.2, in the process he was also able to set the fastest lap of the race – 56.681. Adam secured a fantastic 12th, Charlotte made good in-roads through the pack to finish in 18th and Rossi was 20th.

Kalvin Kelly – “It was a good weekend despite a small off in race one. I got a little impatient and went to make a move but sadly crashed out.

The second race was much more positive, I started from 8th on the grid, got a good start and started to make progress. After a couple of hard-fought laps, I got up to fourth place. I was settled in a good position and eager to go better but the safety car came out and that upset my rhythm a bit. I saw an opportunity for third but decided that a solid fourth was the better idea!”

Adam Brown – “Knockhill went well, it was tough to start from the back of the grid on Saturday due to my Donington penalty, but it gave me a lot of knowledge and confidence. However, this gave me a good grid position on Sunday.

I was making my way through the field and making passes for a podium position, but I made a mistake into turn one and dropped back to 14th place, the safety car came out for a while, but I managed to get back to 12th. I ended up on the back of the front group so I’m happy.

The bike felt the most comfortable it’s felt all year and thanks to Ron hopefully we will be up there for Donington in a couple of weeks.”

Charlotte Marcuzzo – “It was a good weekend overall, yet again our sessions were moved from Friday to Saturday meaning it has been a busy few days. I used practice to get back up to speed and make sure we had a good set-up on the bike.

The qualifying session was short and full of drama it made it difficult to get a consistent pace and good lap time in. I ended up in 20th which was not ideal and that we had a lot of work to do. I was having a good race and had moved up through the field, but I had to save a big high side coming out the final corner and lost a lot of places in the process.

For race two I was even further back in 23rd. I got a good start and held my ground. I was in a large battle for a points scoring position. Throughout the race I was fighting my way through but then the safety car put an end to me making many more passes, I ended up 18th just 0.1 off 16th and I managed a new personal best lap time.”

Rossi Dobson – “Overall we’ve struggled this weekend to find that extra bit of pace we needed to run at the sharp end. We made many changes to the bike throughout, a few worked well but the important changes didn’t make anything worse or better, it stayed the same which was frustrating.

From the issues had we got into the points for race one which was very positive, and we were happy. For race two, through a few mishaps from other riders I was caught in a few moments of wrong place, wrong time! It hasn’t all been bad, and we will take the positives with us and hope we can find those last little bits we need to find.”

Posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 in News

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