Gowland laments start line problems

Graeme Gowland has identified the start as the area he needs to improve upon in the future after being unable to capitalise on a top ten grid position during his British Superbike Championship debut at Brands Hatch.

The BSB rookie qualified as Rob Mac Racing's leading representative in eighth place, but was 'mugged' at the start of both races to find himself well outside the top ten after the opening laps.

Nonetheless, Gowland showed impressive pace in the first race as he steadily climbed back up the field, setting the seventh quickest lap and being classified in ninth position – comfortably ahead of his more experienced team-mates Chris Walker and Michael Rutter.

Although similar start line woes in race two meant he could only sneak a point for 15th eventually, Gowland was otherwise pleased with his raw pace in clear air.

"Well that is the first one out of the way,” he said. “I got mugged with both starts but rode hard in the first race to get through to ninth position. My times were strong, so for the second race I really thought I could run at the front.

“I will have to get used to the battle at the first corners as this messed me up again, saying that I had some real grip issues in the second race so was pleased to get some points. For my first race weekend I am happy and we will get stronger from now on.”

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