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MSS Colchester edge closer to podium target

MSS Colchester Kawasaki manager Nick Morgan admits it is proof of how far his team has come in recent months that he leaves the latest round of the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship at Knockhill slightly disappointed to have missed the podium.

Fresh from their top ten outing on the world stage at Donington Park, the team had high hopes of getting the ZX-10R onto the rostrum in Scotland, but their efforts with Simon Andrews were hampered by the revelation he had broken a scaphoid bone in his wrist.

Nonetheless, despite that – and an 11th place starting position – Andrews made swift progress back through the field in both races, climbing his way up to finish a fine fourth and sixth place.

“I wondered why my wrist was sore. An x-ray on Friday morning showed the left scaphoid was broken in half from my Snetterton testing accident. The bike's been great this weekend bar for a few problems in qualifying.

“We went second quickest in warm-up this morning and I knew we had the pace. It's a tall order from the third row but I gave it my best in race one. The pain slowed me a bit in the latter stages of race two but those points mattered.”

For Morgan, however, he was somewhat frustrated to miss out on the podium, but accepted circumstances such as Andrews' injury would always make it hard.

“I'm driving back from Knockhill with mixed feelings. I think the fact I'm not doing back-flips speaks volumes about how far we've come with the ZX-10R this year. This time last year we were celebrating an eleventh placed finish.

“This year we've achieved a fourth but I know – and the times tell the story – we could have been on the podium. Simon's broken wrist hasn't helped. We'll have to make amends at Mallory in two weeks time.”

Andrews is now classified sixth in the overall standings having now scored more points in 12 races than Kawasaki's lead rider in 2008, Billy McConnell, managed in 24.



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Darren - Unregistered

July 08, 2009 12:23 AM

Just to clarify as a member of the team, Nick did not make the comparison RE Billy and we are all well aware of Billy's talents and appreciate them (Look for where the quotation marks finish). Billy is a still a good friend of ours and we always congratulate him when he wins and we still hang out and catch up as always. However, this seasons bike is much improved through a lot of hard work from Nick and the lads at the workshop, while without doubt Si is impressing us all, riding the wheels off of it and with a little less bad luck Julien will be challenging him too. I think the reference was more to do with the way the package of rider and team has moved forward this season

JuiceK - Unregistered

July 08, 2009 1:50 AM

Darren Yes can see that it wasn't Nick that made the comparison between the riders but instead was an addition at the end of the article. Anyway the team seems to be really on the up this year with a wealth of talented riders so good luck with the rest of the season.



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