GR Motosport were proud to pay tribute and share our fond memories of Karl Harris after his sad passing at the Isle of Man TT. Karl joined us at the end of 1998 after a disastrous season in the British Supersport championship, for the inaugural FIM European Superstock championship of 1999, The Championship had been set up by World Superbike to find stars of the future and in the first year they found Karl. Winning 6 of the 9 rounds and producing the now famous 1 handed stand up wheelie it is the only time a 750cc machine has won this 1000cc championship !
SBK:- With the 3rd round of the MCE British Superbike Championships having a very sad feel it was absolutely fantastic to look to the future with a haul of points in 2 of the 3 classes we compete in. Because our Superbike Championship with Barry Burrell had come together at the 11th hour and we had lots to catch up on, the Team had always targeted the 3rd race as our starting point. In the 5 week break between the meeting while everyone was taking in the NW200 and the TT, we were working hard on improving the Superbike. The efforts of the team were evident when at the end of the first day we were 11th fastest. Barry qualified 16th for the first race a marked improvement. At the start of the first MCE British Superbike race everyone saw Barry raise his arm off the start, this was not a problem with his bike, it was that he was being covered in fluid from another which unfortunately went down at turn 2 and took Baz off and into last place. Over the next 16 laps we saw #7 fight his way through the field to take a brilliant 11th place on the very last lap and secure 14th on the grid for the next race our first SBK points of 2014.
Race 2 has the whole Team WD40 buzzing as we knew our potential unfortunately Barry made one of the worst starts of his life leaving him loads of work to do. The ZX10 and Baz were again working well and it did not take him long to get back into the battle getting as high as 9th. Unfortunately we had a small problem which cost him but again 5 fantastic points for another 11th place.
Barry Burrell: “ My Team have worked very hard over the break on the bike, the biggest thing for me is that they have got me comfortable on the bike which has made all the difference, we had a small problem with fuel in the 2nd race which unfortunately cost me 9th place but now I am really looking forward to Knockhill”.
STK 600:- Tarran had struggled throughout practice and qualifying finding it difficult to put things together, which unfortunately put him 30th on the grid for his championship race, but typical Taz Mac fashion he got out of the right side of the bed when it counted. Tarran made a good start and then just got his head down and started to pick them off 1 at a time, over the last few laps Tarran was lapping at the same pace as the leader pulling through to more championship points in 12th, an inspiring ride returning the smile!!
Tarran Mackenzie said: “I was so disappointed with my performance in qualifying but Geoff gave me a little bollocking to sort my head for the race. I am so happy with mine and the ZX6 performance in the race as we have again proved our pace, I will work hard on pulling the whole weekend together for the next race at Knockhill and see what we can do there, I just can’t wait“.
STK 1000:- Ben Young has struggled with the super competitive pace of the British Superstock 1000 championship even though he had matched his predecessors pace. At Snetterton we saw the same marked improvements from Ben that we had seen from Baz on the Superbike, unfortunately it all came to an end when battling with Robin Harms and he tucked the front tyre and crashed out, both Ben and the bike were OK.
Ben Young said: “After the last race I returned to Canada to spend a little time with my family for some important celebrations for my Mum and Dad, the time gave me space to reflect and when I got back Brent and the boys took me testing to 2 new track which helped me improve. Next race is Knockhill and my family and sponsors will travel over from Canada for this so again I will be trying my best for everyone”.
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “ What a weekend I was please to pay Tribute to Karl by pulling his championship wining bike out of the collection and riding her around alongside Connor for Simon as the ‘B17 Bomber’ flew over head. Again I am proud of the whole of Team WD-40 and the work they have done over the last few weeks to improve the bikes for all three riders but especially the Superbike crew of Geoff, Danny, Tom and Richard. Our first points in the British Superbike Championship mean everything to us all and now we aim to build on it over the rest of the season”.
Photos by Aaron Scott
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