Kirkham unable to capitalise on front row promise

Jon Kirkham admits his frustration at being unable to fully capitalise on his front row starting position at Donington Park.
Jon Kirkham was unable to live up to his promise in qualifying as he finished seventh and ninth at Donington Park yesterday.

Kirkham had showed plenty of promise on Saturday when he earned a front row start after setting the fourth fastest lap, but admitted his results had left him feeling “frustrated”.

The Samsung Honda man felt he was losing vital time in the first two sectors at Donington, venue for the ninth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship and the final meeting before the three-round Showdown.

Kirkham said: “It was good to qualify on the front row of the grid and I had good pace then but in the races, while I was good in the first two sectors, I lost time in the third and that was frustrating as this is my home circuit.

“I made a mess of the start in the first race and cooked my tyre in the second and I couldn't stay with the leading pack.”

Kirkham's team-mate, Michael Laverty, finished on the rostrum twice, taking third and second in the two races on the other Samsung Honda Fireblade.

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The Burton Bullet - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 9:26 AM

The speed trap in sector one at Donington is positioned in such a place that a good exit from the old hairpin gives you a good speed trap figure and JK has always been good through sector one at the Donington then you need power in sector 2 to get a fast lap time. I dont know without looking at the data whether JK is down on power or confidence after his 2 big Oulton crashs,probably a bit of both but he will be back on form soon. Good luck to John and all the BSB riders at the up and coming round at Assen.

Lolly - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 5:04 PM

A look at the timing sheets and speed trap figures show that Jon was one of the fastest guys in the first sector down Craner and well up there through the second but was struggling on the straights. Same as Cadwell, in the first race he was dead last through the speed trap on the start and finish and 21st on the back straight. Hard to defend against.

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