After the Teams successes at Knockhill we were really looking forward to Brands then things started to get a little mixed up. A few days before the event Barry Burrell fell from his mountain bike while out training dislocating his shoulder putting a question mark over his fitness. The injury turned out not to be anywhere near as bad as first thought and with some treatment by the fantastic BSB Medical team Baz was ready to go.
Practice and Qualifying went reasonably ok for the Team WD-40 riders, the shoulder injury hampered Barry in practice and qualifying leaving him down on the Grid. Ben young again got the wrong end of the stick in final qualifying after doing so well in first 2 sessions, things just didn’t go his way finishing 30th on the grid.
We had some young guests from the Demelza children’s hospice in Kent in our Garage for Tarran’s final qualifying, Terry joined us half way through the session and a Team member quickly got him sorted with the job of shouting out the sector colours, with the instructions yellow means Taz’s gets a thump and Green is all really good. Tarran was sat in 7th when Terry shouted “its green!” and he jumped to 5th, again Terry shouted “its green!” and Taz jumped to 3rd, with just over a minute to go the whole team were on pit lane waiting for Tarran’s last lap and Terry shouted “what does Purple mean?”, ‘It means Pole young man and you can come again!!”
SBK:- Barry had struggled with change of direction due to his shoulder all weekend but managed to qualify through to the second group and take 16th
Race 1. Barry unfortunately had a problem with the bike going into druids hairpin on lap 3 crashing out of the race and the rest of the event, he suffered some minor injuries to his face, hand and foot but took quite a heavy bang to the muscles on his back. The BRITISH SUPERBIKE MEDICAL did a brilliant job for Baz but it left some questions about whether he would be fit for Thruxton this weekend.
Barry Burrell: “I had struggled all weekend with my shoulder especially in changing direction but the problems and then the crash really set me back, I have been home and rested and feel ok for Thruxton and will be glad to be back out on the bike.”
STK 600:- Taking our first pole of 2014 was a great achievement for Tarran and as his confidence and ability with the ZX6 grow we are looking to more great things from him. Taz made a good start and tried to settle in with the leading group, but the hectic nature of the class saw him straight into a huge battle, an unusual mistake by the young Mackenzie saw him crash out at the super fast Westfield corner but perfectly OK.
Tarran Mackenzie said: “I am so happy to get my first Pole position for the Team and was really looking forward to the race, unfortunately I made a mistake which left my mechanics at lot of hard work for Thruxton. I was quite worried what Geoff and Brent would say when I got back to the pits but I have a great Team and they just said don’t do it again!!“
STK 1000:- Ben Young did a brilliant job in FP1 and Q1 then it just went away from him in final qualifying which left him loads of very hard work from 30th on the grid. Making a tremendous start Ben got his head down and really pushed hard for the whole race battling up to 16th place at the flag just 0.358 off his first points of the season. We now have to find a way to channel him in qualifying to get the Sunday racer out to play and improve his start places.
Ben Young said: “I enjoyed free practice and the first qualifying but struggled in the final session, and even though I went quicker it just was not fast enough. The race was brilliant fun battling all the way, I just missed out on my first point but I am really starting to feel good about the British Championships.”
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “What a weekend is what I said after Snetterton and Knockhill this weekend has just been a huge roller coaster and not one to repeat very often. The news of Barry’s shoulder then Tarran’s pole and then the crashes and injuries are enough to give anyone more grey hair. Ben just missing out on points was one of the highlights but all in all we have to learn from our mistakes and move forward. Thruxton is always a difficult circuit for new Teams and riders as no one really get to test there, so with the superbike and Ben on the stocker have work to do. Dan and the boy’s have again done a great job getting everything ready for not only Thruxton but the following weekend at Oulton Park. Barry has had a real good battering but is just about ready so we are all looking forward to the next 2 weekends."
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