Mark Aitchison remains upbeat after BSB debut at Oulton

'It was good to be back out on a bike after my break away. To have scored points in what is only my third outing on the bike is great' - Mark Aitchison

Championship newcomer Mark Aitchison claimed his maiden BSB point at Oulton Park, but the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider missed Sunday's two races due to an engine failure.

Aitchison, who has been drafted into the team for the rest of the season to replace Gary Mason, finished 15th in the first of three scheduled races at the Cheshire venue but missed the remaining two races after his ZX-10R's engine failed before the morning warm-up session.

Despite the setback, Aitchison remained upbeat and was satisfied to claim a championship point in Saturday's race.

“It was good to be back out on a bike after my break away. Our main focus this weekend was to work on improving the bike's performance and putting in a consistent lap time,” he said.

“To have scored points in what is only my third outing on the bike is great.

“It has been a very positive weekend, considering all the variables, such as a new bike and team.

“All things considered, we can be pleased with the results and we have taken away a lot of positives,” added Aitchison, who has been reunited with Kawasaki machinery following his eye-catching WSBK debut on the Pedercini ZX-10R in 2011, one that yielded several points' finishes.

“I would like to thank all the team for making me feel welcome.”

The Australian began the year competing in the World Superbike Championship aboard the Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR, but was linked with a move to the British series since splitting with the Italian outfit just five rounds into the season.

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Mark Aitchison Quattro Plant Kawasaki Superbike Team - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Michael Rutter - Bathams BMW
Josh Brookes - Milwaukee Yamaha
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Christophe Ponsson - Bimota Alstare Junior
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Sandy - Unregistered

July 11, 2012 10:11 AM

Andy are you serious any good team would have their new spare engine dyno run in and checked for hp , so thinking about the other riders bs , don't forget their sponsor commitments , they should have at lest pulled a motor from a road bike to give mark some additional track time and the sponsors / fans that came to support mark some value , DNS x 2 WTF

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