Da Costa targets qualifying improvements

MSS Colchester rider Julien Da Costa says an improvement in qualifying will reveal the true potential of their Kawasaki ZX-10R in the future following a solid opening weekend at Brands Hatch.

Both Da Costa, who was making his return to the BSB for the first time since 2005, and team-mate Simon Andrews showed top ten form during the free practice sessions, but were disappointed to qualify on the fourth row of the grid.

Nonetheless, Andrews would go on to finish seventh in the first race, before Da Costa followed up with a tenth position in the second race. With both riders finishing well up on where they started, Da Costa admits qualifying is where they will focus on their improvements.

“We are very, very close to a perfect bike. You only need to look at the times and speed trap figures to see this. Next time we qualify where we belong and then we will see very different results.”

It was a sentiment echoed by team manager Nick Morgan, who was otherwise delighted with their forward momentum by the end of the weekend.

“I was lower than lino on Sunday. We need to up our game in qualifying. Simon and Julien were top five material Friday and Saturday - the fourth row of the grid was not what they and we deserved. But what a mega weekend – there's a real buzz in the team. We all know it's there. We all know it's coming.”

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Julien Da Costa - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Julien Da Costa - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
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edward oliver

April 15, 2009 10:15 PM

This guy is the darkest of all horses in this years championship, in Race 1 after the pace car pulled in he was just in front of Walker,he left him for dead,just cleared away completly with lap times almost consistantly mid to high 46"s, without the pit lane start, top 5 possible rostrom. Being an Essex guy I really hope Nick Morgan"s team gets a win this year, this bloke has running his team for years first with a rather stroppy Kiwi called Chris Haldane. He also ran Gary Mason in Superstock with some success. Without teams like Nicks this championship would be all the poorer. Good luck Nick, that win is definatly on

Ian S - Unregistered

April 17, 2009 2:59 PM

"We are very close to a perfect bike". Is that because your pit is in between the Suzuki and Yamaha teams? Sorry, couldn't resist it. Good luck Julian, but riding a Kawasaki means you are going to need lots of it!

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