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Simon Andrews produces a surprisingly competitive turn on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki in 2009, earning him fourth in your vote to find the top BSB rider of the year
There haven't been many riders and teams capable of extracting front-running pace from a Kawasaki in recent years, but Simon Andrews and MSS Colchester certainly proved it could be done in 2009.

Having been overlooked by higher profile manufacturer-backed teams during the winter, Andrews landed at the new-look MSS Colchester Kawasaki for 2009, a pairing that wasn't expected to cause more than a few ripples on the BSB pond.

Nonetheless, while the ZX-10R was certainly unloved in 2008, a raft of changes to the bike rapidly transformed it into a surprise contender, particularly in the hands of Andrews, who would narrowly miss the podium in only the third round of the season.

In fact, narrowly missing out would prove to be a recurring theme in 2009, Andrews' steadfast reliability record – one that saw him finish all but three races inside the top ten last year – letting him down on this occasion.

A combination of bad luck, most notably at Mallory Park when he was in contention for a win, and human error (Croft) left Andrews battered and bruised at times, ultimately preventing him from achieving any more than one podium in 2009 – even then, that was only after Leon Camier was excluded.

Nonetheless, despite missing three further races through injury, Andrews would end the season in sixth position overall, a fine achievement for any Kawasaki rider, and one that has rightly made him hot property on the BSB stage.

Despite this, Andrews will remain loyal to MSS Colchester in 2010, where more podiums and victories are surely in the offing.

Statistics:

Team: MSS Colchester Kawasaki
Bike: Kawasaki ZX-10R

Championship position: 6th
Points: 163.5

Race starts: 23
Pole positions: 0
Victories: 0
Podiums: 1
Best results: 3rd (Cadwell Park)
Points finishes: 18

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2008: 10th

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2009

5 – Gary Mason
6 – Tommy Bridewell
7 – Tommy Hill
8 – Sylvain Guintoli
9 – Ian Lowry
10 – John Laverty


Related Pictures

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Gary Mason joins Simon Andrews at MSS Colchester Kawasaki
Simon Andrews - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
[L-R]: Stuart Easton, James Ellison and Simon Andrews on the race two podium at Cadwell Park [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Simon Andrews - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Simon Andrews - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki livery, 2017, BSB
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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Colin - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 4:06 PM

Simon's the main man, watch this space 2010 season. If anybody deserves or is going to put the green machine firmly in the top 3 it will be Simon, Good luck mate, be watching you :)



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