Andrews reaches objective at Donington

Simon Andrews achieved his aim of reaching the top ten on his World Superbike wild-card appearance at Donington Park despite enduring a tough weekend up to that point.

Andrews was confident he could come away from Donington Park as the leading Kawasaki competitor, but found himself – along with his ZX-10R – counterparts struggling in the lead up to race day.

Qualifying an eventual 26th, Andrews battled hard in the first race but was comfortably outside the points in 20th position.

Nonetheless, a significant change to the MSS Colchester Kawasaki bike for the second race turned things around for Andrews, the BSB front runner scything his way up the leader board to finish a fine tenth.

“From 26th to tenth isn't bad! We changed the rear ride height, a rear shock setting and the rear tyre before race two and it made a massive, massive difference. It's been a really hard weekend, the guys have all worked flat-out but to score points at our first attempt at this level of racing is mega.

“I'm really looking forward to Knockhill next weekend. Tiny changes make a massive difference to the ZX-10R and it taken hours of track time to get it where we needed it. But it's there now. Bring it on.'

MSS Colchester Kawasaki team manager Nick Morgan was also delighted to finish the weekend as the top manufacturer representative.

“That was a real lift for the whole team. Everyone from the tyre man to the crew chiefs have worked their butts off and remained really positive this weekend because they all knew that the potential was there.

“It's nice to leave Donington having beaten the Kawasaki works team. Simon rode a world class race there in race two. It's a bit of a shame we couldn't have the bike working that well in race one and qualifying but it puts us in great shape for Knockhill next weekend.”

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Spinach - Unregistered

July 01, 2009 7:03 PM

From the races and time trials I've seen, all the Kawis run about the same. Where there is one, you'll find the rest. Hacking is the crasher that hasn't learned to stop crashing. He pushes the POS bike for all it is worth, but ends up losing out too often. I'll agree, a 10th place finish is pretty keen, however, given the multitude of crashes (and I know, that's racing) I don't think it is as mind blowing as it seems. Good ride though for a Kwak.

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