BENNETTS SUZUKI SIGN OFF 2016 WITH TOP-FIVE FINISH IN BRANDS TRIPLE HEADER
The Bennetts Suzuki team and Tommy Bridewell ended the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship season with a top-five finish at the Brands Hatch triple-header, in an eventful and unpredictable weekend.
TOP FIVE FOR BRIDEWELL IN TREACHEROUS CONDITIONS IN BRANDS HATCH OPENER
Tommy Bridewell rode to an impressive fifth place finish in today’s race at Brands Hatch, negotiating the treacherous conditions to bring his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 home safely in the first of three races this weekend for the MCE British Superbikes' season finale.
The Bennetts Suzuki team and Tommy Bridewell are looking to put the weekend at Assen behind them and focus on ending the season on a high at Brands Hatch, after a difficult three days in the Netherlands.
The Bennetts Suzuki team has endured a difficult start to its weekend at Assen and round 11 of the MCE British Superbike, with a crash and a technical issue hindering progress through free practice and qualifying.
BENNETTS SUZUKI HEAD TO ASSEN AND CATHEDRAL OF SPEED
The Bennetts Suzuki team is headed to Assen this weekend for round 11 of the MCE British Superbike championship, with Tommy Bridewell looking to add more podiums to his tally at the famous Cathedral of Speed.
THIRD ROW QUALIFYING FOR BRIDEWELL AT DONINGTON PARK
Tommy Bridewell will start from the third row of the grid in tomorrow's opening race at Donington Park, after qualifying in seventh place onboard his Bennetts Suzuki at the tenth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
BENNETTS SUZUKI AND BRIDEWELL AIMING TO BE SHOWDOWN SPOILERS AT DONINGTON PARK
The Bennetts Suzuki team and Tommy Bridewell are aiming to be the Showdown spoilers this weekend, and will be aiming for more podium finishes at Donington Park and round 10 of the MCE British Superbike championship.
Tommy Bridewell bounced back in perfect fashion from the disappointment of crashing out of yesterday's opening race at Oulton Park, by racing his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 to third place in today's second race at the Cheshire circuit.
BRIDEWELL AIMING FOR SHOWDOWN SPOT AT OULTON TRIPLE-HEADER
Following a brace of top five results at Cadwell Park, Bennetts Suzuki's Tommy Bridewell has his sights set firmly on a place in the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown, and is confident of getting the results required in the three races at Oulton Park this weekend.
Tommy Bridewell took a brace of top five finishes onboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Cadwell Park and round eight of the MCE British Superbike championship, as he kept his challenge for a place in the Showdown alive.
Tommy Bridewell will start from the third row of the grid for tomorrow’s opening race at Cadwell Park, setting the seventh fastest time on his Bennetts Suzuki in qualifying for round eight of the MCE British Superbike championship.
BENNETTS SUZUKI CONFIDENT AHEAD OF CADWELL ‘PARTY IN THE PARK’
Confidence is high in the Bennetts Suzuki team ahead of the eighth round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Cadwell Park, with Tommy Bridewell enjoying a successful test at the Lincolnshire circuit last month and a strong performance at the previous round at Brands Hatch.
Bennetts Suzuki team rider Tommy Bridewell will start tomorrow’s seventh round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch from the front row of the grid, after a tight qualifying session saw the GSX-R1000 rider finish third fastest today.
Tommy Bridewell finished fourth in the opening race at Thruxton today, as the Bennetts Suzuki team enjoyed a positive weekend and made big progress with its GSX-R1000s at the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
Bennetts Suzuki's Tommy Bridewell will start tomorrow's opening race at Thruxton from the front row of the grid, after qualifying second fastest on his GSX-R1000 for round six of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
The Bennetts Suzuki team is ready for the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Snetterton this weekend, after enjoying a positive test at the Norfolk venue with Tommy Bridewell last month.
Bennetts Suzuki’s Tommy Bridewell showed his and the team’s character by salvaging a top-10 finish from a difficult weekend at Knockhill and round four of the MCE British Superbike championship, with eighth place in race two.
It was a tricky qualifying session for the Bennetts Suzuki team at Knockhill, with tight lap times and changeable weather conditions hampering preparations for tomorrow’s races and round four of the MCE British Superbike championship.
Tommy Bridewell and the Bennetts Suzuki team have completed a positive two-day test at Snetterton, evaluating a number of new components and setup options before the MCE British Superbike Championship resumes at Knockhill later this month.
BRIDEWELL AND BENNETTS SUZUKI ON BRANDS HATCH PODIUM
Tommy Bridewell took his and the Bennetts Suzuki team’s first podium finish of the season after he finished third in the opening race at Brands Hatch, at the third round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
Tommy Bridewell will start tomorrow’s opening race from the second row of the grid, after he qualified his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 in sixth place for the third round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
FOURTH ROW FOR KIYONARI AND BRIDEWELL IN OULTON BSB QUALIFYING
Ryuichi Kiyonari and Tommy Bridewell will start the first race at Oulton Park from the fourth row of the grid on their Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000s, after a wet and tricky qualifying session for the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
BENNETTS SUZUKI AIMS TO KICK-START SEASON AT OULTON PARK
Bennetts Suzuki riders Ryuichi Kiyonari and Tommy Bridewell are looking to kick-start their season this weekend, as the MCE British Superbike series heads to Oulton Park for the second round of the championship.
Tommy Bridewell scored a 10th placed finish on his Bennetts Suzuki debut, and despite a tricky opening weekend to the 2016 MCE British Superbike season, the team has taken plenty of positives from the opening round.
Ryuichi Kiyonari will start from the fourth row of the grid on his Bennetts Suzuki debut for tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race of the season, after qualifying in 10th place in tricky conditions at Silverstone, with teammate Bridewell starting from 13th.
BENNETTS SUZUKI SET FOR SEASON-OPENER AFTER SILVERSTONE AND DONINGTON TESTS
The Bennetts Suzuki team and riders Ryuichi Kiyonari and Tommy Bridewell have completed their preseason preparations ahead of their assault on the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship, following two official tests at Silverstone and Donington Park this week.
The Bennetts Suzuki team has completed the first of two scheduled pre-season tests in southern Spain, after spending four days at Cartagena as preparations continue for the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship.
BRIDEWELL AND KIYONARI COMPLETE FIRST LAPS WITH BENNETTS SUZUKI
Tommy Bridewell and Ryuichi Kiyonari completed their first laps onboard their Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000s at the weekend, as they got preparations underway for the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship at a shakedown test at a damp Brands Hatch.
Bennetts Suzuki has announced that triple British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and BSB race-winner Tommy Bridewell will spearhead the team's assault on the MCE Insurance British Superbike championship in 2016. Click here to read more...
HALSALL RACING CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP WITH SUZUKI GB IN 2016
Halsall Racing has announced the continuation of its partnership with Suzuki GB in 2016, and will again be running the Japanese manufacturer's official effort in the British Superbike championship next season. Click here to read more...
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Martin Halsall looks back on a challenging but positive first year
As the dust settles on the 2015 British Superbike Championship season, Halsall Racing and Bennetts Suzuki Team Owner, Martin Halsall, looks back on a challenging but positive first year for the new Suzuki team. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI ROUND OFF 2015 WITH TOP FIVE FINISH
The Bennetts Suzuki team rounded off its debut British Superbike campaign with two top five finishes at Brands Hatch, after Christian Iddon backed up Saturday's fourth place with a fifth in the final race of the year. Click here to read more...
IDDON FOURTH IN BRANDS BSB OPENER
Christian Iddon took fourth place in the opening British Superbike race at the final round at Brands Hatch, narrowly missing out on a podium finish. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI SET FOR SEASON FINALE AT BRANDS HATCH
The Bennetts Suzuki team is set for the British Superbike season finale this weekend, and after a season-best performance last time out at Silverstone, is looking to continue that form at Brands Hatch and end the season on a high. Click here to read more...
SEASON BEST RESULT FOR IDDON AND BENNETTS SUZUKI AT SILVERSTONE
Christian Iddon scored his and the Bennetts Suzuki team's best result of the season at Silverstone and round 11 of the MCE British Superbike championship, as he finished fourth in race two. Click here to read more...
FRONT ROW FOR IDDON IN SILVERSTONE QUALIFYING
Christian Iddon will start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow's opening British Superbike race at Silverstone, after setting the third fastest time in qualifying onboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI AIMS TO SPOIL SHOWDOWN AT SILVERSTONE
The Bennetts Suzuki team is aiming to cause an upset at Silverstone this weekend, and get in amongst the Showdown challengers at round 11 of the British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
IDDON IN PODIUM HUNT AT ASSEN
Christian Iddon and the Bennetts Suzuki team began to show its true potential this weekend at Assen for round 10 of the MCE British Superbike championship, with strong performances that saw Iddon fighting for two podium finishes. Click here to read more...
IDDON TOP 10 IN ASSEN BSB QUALIFYING DESPITE CRASH
Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon will start from 10th on the grid for tomorrow's opening race at Assen and round 10 of the MCE British Superbike championship, despite a crash in the second qualifying session. Click here to read more...
IDDON TOP THREE AFTER DAY ONE AT ASSEN
Christian Iddon finished the opening day at Assen for round 10 of the British Superbike championship inside the top three, after two successful free practice sessions. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI SETS SIGHTS ON ASSEN SUCCESS
The Bennetts Suzuki team is set for Assen and round 10 of the MCE British Superbike championship this weekend, with both Josh Waters and Christian Iddon aiming for a strong showing at a circuit they have both enjoyed success at. Click here to read more...
IDDON SOLDIERS TO TOP 10 FINISHES AT OULTON BSB
Christian Iddon soldiered to two top 10 finishes at Oulton Park's triple-header this weekend, after a high speed crash in Saturday's race left the Bennetts Suzuki rider feeling distinctly secondhand. Click here to read more...
CRASH COSTS IDDON TOP 10 FINISH IN FIRST RACE AT OULTON PARK
A crash for Christian Iddon in the closing stages of race one cost the Bennetts Suzuki rider a top 10 finish at Oulton Park and round nine of the MCE British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI BACK TO OULTON PARK
The Bennetts Suzuki team returns to Oulton Park this weekend for a triple-header at the glorious Cheshire circuit and round nine of the MCE British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
TOP 10 FOR IDDON AT CHALLENGING CADWELL
Christian Iddon salvaged a top 10 finish onboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Cadwell Park, after a challenging weekend for round eight of the MCE British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
CRASH COSTS IDDON IN CADWELL QUALIFYING
Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon suffered a small crash in the second qualifying session at Cadwell Park and round eight of the MCE British Superbike championship, which unfortunately cost him the chance to progress to Q3 and fight for a spot on the front three rows of the grid for tomorrow. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI PRIMED FOR CADWELL PARTY IN THE PARK
The Bennetts Suzuki team is ready for Cadwell's 'Party in the Park' and round eight of the MCE British Superbike championship this weekend, following a successful test at the circuit earlier this month. Click here to read more...
CRUEL LUCK FOR IDDON BUT TOP 10 FOR WATERS AT THRUXTON
The Bennetts Suzuki team was left wondering when its run of bad luck would end after Christian Iddon saw two potential top six finishes cruelly snatched away at Thruxton and round seven of the MCE British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
IDDON SEVENTH IN THRUXTON QUALIFYING
Christian Iddon qualified in seventh place aboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Thruxton, and will head up the third row of the grid for tomorrow's seventh round of the MCE British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
FOCUS ON THRUXTON FOR BENNETTS SUZUKI
The Bennetts Suzuki team is focused on achieving a good result at Thruxton this weekend for round seven of the MCE British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
SOLID POINTS FOR IDDON AFTER RACE ONE CHARGE AT BRANDS HATCH
Christian Iddon finished in a solid eighth place in the second race at Brands Hatch yesterday, after charging through from 30th to 13th in the first race aboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI EAGER FOR BRANDS BSB
Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon qualified in 13th place for tomorrow's sixth round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch, and while disappointed with a fifth row grid spot, he and the team are still feeling confident for the races after the competitiveness of his lap times. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI EAGER FOR BRANDS BSB
The Bennetts Suzuki team is eager to get back to Brands Hatch this weekend for round six of the MCE British Superbike series, and is confident of a strong result at the popular Kentish circuit. Click here to read more...
TOP 10 FOR IDDON AT KNOCKHILL
Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon bounced back to finish 10th in the second race at Knockhill for the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike championship, after he was forced to retire in race one. Click here to read more...
BENNETTS SUZUKI READY TO RACE AT KNOCKHILL
The Bennetts Suzuki team is ready to race tomorrow at Knockhill for the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike championship, with the team having a positive weekend so far despite a disappointing qualifying. Click here to read more...
KNOCKHILL NEXT FOR BENNETTS SUZUKI
The Bennetts Suzuki team is feeling confident ahead of the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Knockhill this weekend, after enjoying a positive test at the Fife circuit last month. Click here to read more...
Top 10 And More Progress For Bennetts Suzuki At Snetterton
The Bennetts Suzuki team made more progress with the setup of its GSX-R1000 machines at Snetterton and the fourth round of the MCE British Superbike championship, which culminated in a top 10finish for Christian Iddon in race two. Click here to read more...
Third Row For Waters In Tricky Qualifying Conditions
Josh Waters will start from the third row of the grid on his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 for tomorrow's fourth round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Snetterton, with rain showers making for a tricky qualifying. Click here to read more...
Bennetts Suzuki Set For Snetterton
The Bennetts Suzuki team is all set for Snetterton this weekend and the fourth round of the MCE British Superbike championship, following a positive test at Knockhill last week. Click here to read more...
Progress Made For Bennetts Suzuki At Snetterton Test
The Bennetts Suzuki team has completed a positive two-day test at Snetterton, making progress with the setup of its Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000s. Click here to read more...
Iddon On The Mend As Test Looms
Christian Iddon, who broke his leg at only the second round of this year's MCE British Superbike championship, has used the break in the calendar to continue the healing process and build up his training, as he looks forward to the official series test at Snetterton next week. Click here to read more...
Bennetts Suzuki Set For Oulton Park
The Bennetts Suzuki team is all set for Oulton Park this weekend and the third round of the MCE British Superbike championship. Click here to read more...
Iddon pushes through pain barrier at Brands Hatch
Christian Iddon pushed through the pain barrier at Brands Hatch for the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship, after breaking his leg on the opening lap of the first race. Click here to read more...
Iddon Under Lap Record in Brands BSB Qualifying
Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon lapped under the Brands Hatch Indy circuit's lap record in today's second qualifying session for the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship. Click here to read more...
Bennetts Suzuki Brands Hatch Bound For Round Two
The Bennetts Suzuki team is Brands Hatch bound for the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship this weekend, after a positive debut showing last time out at Donington Park. Click here to read more...
Bennetts Suzuki Makes BSB Debut With Top Five Finish
The Bennetts Suzuki team made its MCE British Superbike debut at the opening round of the series at Donington Park, with Christian Iddon riding his GSX-R1000 to a top five finish in race two. Click here to read more...
First Qualifying Session Complete For Bennetts Suzuki
The new Bennetts Suzuki team will make its MCE British Superbike debut this weekend, when Josh Waters and Christian Iddon line up on their GSX-R1000s for the first time at the opening round at Donington Park. Click here to read more...
Bennetts Suzuki Ready for British Superbike Bow
The new Bennetts Suzuki team will make its MCE British Superbike debut this weekend, when Josh Waters and Christian Iddon line up on their GSX-R1000s for the first time at the opening round at Donington Park. Click here to read more...
Bennetts Announced as Halsall Suzuki Title Sponsor
Halsall Suzuki is delighted to announce leading motorcycle insurance specialist Bennetts as its title sponsor for the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship. Click here to read more...
Final Test Complete For Halsall Suzuki
The Halsall Suzuki team is looking forward to the start of the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship, after completing its final pre-season test at Donington Park. Click here to read more...
Halsall Suzuki Complete Second Successful Test
The Halsall Suzuki team has completed a second successful preseason test in the Spanish sunshine, with team riders Josh Waters and Christian Iddon spending three days lapping the Guadix circuit aboard their GSX-R1000s in preparation for this year's MCE British Superbike Championship. Click here to read more...
Iddon and Waters closing in on penultimate day at Guadix
The Halsall Suzuki team have stepped up again during the second day on track at Guadix with Christian Iddon and Josh Waters both improving their pace as they prepare for the final day on track tomorrow. Click here to read more on the BSB wesbite...
Iddon And Waters Get First Taste Of Hasall Suzuki
Christian Iddon and Josh Waters got their first taste of the Halsall Suzuki GSX-R1000 they will campaign in this year’s British Superbike championship this week, during a four-day test at the Cartagena circuit in Spain. Click here to read more...
Iddon Eyeing Superbike Success
Christian Iddon’s racing career is probably far more decorated than you initially realise, and in 2015 he will ride for the new Halsall Suzuki team aboard a GSX-R1000 prepared with the expertise of Jack Valentine. Click here to read more...
Waters and Iddon join Halsall Suzuki for 2015 British Superbike Championship
Double British Superbike race winner Josh Waters and World Superbike EVO front runner Christian Iddon will join the Halsall Racing Team in 2015, spearheading Suzuki’s official entry in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. Click here to read more...
Halsall Racing Teams Up With Suzuki GB For 2015
Halsall Racing is pleased to announce a partnership with Suzuki GB for the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. The team will take over the running of Suzuki’s official British Superbike effort from next season fielding a two-rider line-up in the prestigious series. Click here to read more...
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Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki end season on a high at Brands Hatch
The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team signed off the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on a high at Brands Hatch with two seventh places to complement Saturday’s podium finish.
After finishing third in the first race, Jon Kirkham was feeling confident ahead of Sunday’s proceedings. Starting from the second row of the grid in fourth, he maintained position for the first seven laps. On lap 11 he ran on at turn one dropping back to eighth but managed to claw one place back before the end of the race to cross the line seventh.
Another strong lap in the second race awarded Kirkham 7th on the grid for the final race of the season. A steady start saw him lose one position into Druids but the Derby rider latched onto the rear of Dan Linfoot. A string of consistent lap times saw him remain on Linfoot’s tail but he couldn’t quite secure a move on the Yorkshireman.
Howie Mainwaring crashing out of the race promoted Jon to seventh, where he finished just 0.1 seconds behind Linfoot when a red flag brought the race to a premature end.
Kirkham’s strong weekend saw him finish the season 12th in the standings, just seven points behind tenth-placed John Hopkins.
Jon Kirkham: “We’ve ended the season with Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki on a high. I’m a bit disappointed as finishing seventh after taking third yesterday was never going to cut it. I made a mistake in race one as I ran on at turn one and lost a handful of places so I wasn’t too pleased with that. For race two we changed the bike a little bit and I felt good but just couldn’t get past Dan Linfoot. I did get past once but he came straight back as we were losing out a little bit in straight line speed, he’s a bit smaller than me! The Halsall Kawasaki stuck in there until the end and we got another seventh place. After the last three rounds we’ve made amazing progress this weekend and I think there’d be even more if we had chance to show it but I’m pleased to finish the season on a high.”
Jack Valentine: “It’s been an excellent weekend. We prepared a strong bike for Jon to take into the races and we’ve had a terrific weekend with a podium yesterday and two sevenths today. I can’t complain at that, we’ve finished the season on a high. Jon’s happy with the bike, he’s pushed as hard as he can and lap times were good. Some little mistakes cost us a few places but that’s racing, it’s just a pity that we haven’t got another round in two weeks as we’re in such a good position with the bike! We’ve had some good qualifying positions this year, a pole position and some solid results including a podium so I think we’ve shown we’ve got a competitive package. I want the team to be winning races next year so we’ll be working hard over the close season.”
Martin Halsall: “It’s a good way to finish the season, we’ve shown good consistency this weekend and that’s what we wanted to do. Bringing Jack and Jon into the team was in search of consistency and that’s what we’ve started to get. We’re going to gear up for 2015, we want to get closer to the front and while it won’t be easy, it’s not an unrealistic target.”
Podium joy for Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at Brands Hatch
It was a positive day at Brands Hatch for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki squad with Jon Kirkham finishing on the podium in the first MCE Insurance British Superbike outing of the weekend.
After a major breakthrough in free practice on Friday, the team were feeling confident ahead of Saturday’s track action and with a solid fourth place in the final free practice, things looked good for qualifying.
Despite the track still being damp, Kirkham left the pits on slick tyres in Q1 and jumped to the front with his first flying lap. The Derby-rider got knocked off the top spot in the closing stages to finish Q1 a respectable 2nd fastest. Another good lap in Q2 saw him comfortably progress to the final session, for most of which he held third place before being knocked off the front row in the closing stages by Josh Brookes.
The heavens opened before the afternoon’s first race and Jon got off to a steady start from the second row. Never losing contact with the leading group, he sat in fifth place for the opening five laps before making up two positions on the seventh lap.
When Shane Byrne crashed out on lap eight, Jon was promoted to second and began to look at chasing down race leader Dan Linfoot. It had looked as though Jon was dropping off in the closing stages, losing position to Howie Mainwaring and Josh Waters but coming strong at the end of the race, he secured an impressive third placed finish to take his and the team’s first podium of the 2014 season.
Despite missing out in qualifying ahead of the first race, Jon will get his chance to start from the front row in tomorrow’s second race after setting the third fastest lap in race one.
Jon Kirkham: “It was really greasy out there, I was getting loads of grip out on the GP circuit but around the Indy section it was really slippery. I’m chuffed for the Halsall Kawasaki team, we’ve been plugging away since I joined in the middle of the season. We’ve had a tough few rounds struggling to turn our qualifying into a decent race result but we changed a braking component this weekend making the braking softer at the beginning and stronger and the end and it’s made a world of difference. We nearly got a front row start in the dry earlier but Josh just beat me. I was looking forward to a dry race to see what we could do but the rain came, but we’ll take a podium and see how we get on tomorrow!”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “I’ve had a good feeling all weekend that we’d come away with a good result as Jon’s been strong in every session. We’ve got the balance of the bike just right for him, he’s really pleased. He’s strong in damp, wet and dry conditions. He just missed out on the front row of the grid and then put together a really professional, really well structured race. He kept his head, looked after his tyres. It’s a fantastic result for all the hard work the team has put in, it’s nice to finish on the podium. We’ve got another two races to go now, so let’s see how we can do.”
Martin Halsall: “Jon deserves that, he’s put the effort in and so have the team. It’s been up and down from the start of the season. When we brought Jack Valentine on board we got a bit of stability in the team and it’s nice to see that paying off.”
Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki looking to end season on a high
Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki heads south this weekend for the final round of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch where Jon Kirkham will be looking to end the season on a high for the Bolton-based outfit.
The team left the last round at Silverstone with just one point after a tough weekend but Kirkham is hoping to secure a top ten championship position aboard his Halsall Biker Gear ZX10-R at this weekend’s final round. A run of strong results began for the Derby rider at the 2.433 mile Grand Prix circuit in July and the team are confident of returning to this form.
The 12th and final round of the championship presents a significant opportunity to showcase potential, with three races held over the weekend instead of the usual two. The first race will take place on Saturday afternoon ahead of the usual two outings on Sunday.
Jon Kirkham: “We’ve had a tough time of it in these last few rounds and I’m really hoping we can get back on it at Brands. We had some good results there earlier this year so I’m hoping we can repeat that or go even better. This is our final opportunity to show what we can do this season and I want to make it count! I enjoy Brands, it’s a great circuit and hopefully we’ll get some great results.”
Jack Valentine: “We’re looking forward to the last round of the season; it’s been a year of ups and downs! We’ve had a tough time of it at the last few rounds struggling with pace on race day but we’re confident of improving this. We’ve been to Brands before this season with Jon so that puts us in a better position. We’ve shown we can run in the top six in both wet and dry conditions so hopefully we can end the season on a high.”
Weekend to forget for Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at Silverstone
It was another difficult weekend for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team at the 11th round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. Despite achieving the team’s best qualifying of the season on Saturday, Jon Kirkham left Silverstone with just one point from Sunday’s two races.
The team had high hopes for the first race starting from the second row of the grid in fourth position and Kirkham got off to a strong start to lead what became an eight rider freight train for fifth. Dan Linfoot came past on the fourth lap demoting Jon to sixth but as he tried to fight back, his ZX10-R cut out on him forcing him to retire from the race.
The early retirement left him 15th on the grid for the afternoon’s second race but struggling with a lack of rear grip, things didn’t come together for the Derby rider who brought his Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki home to take the final point in fifteenth place.
Jon Kirkham: “What can I say? We had a technical issue in race one which was disappointing as we were in a good battle but I wasn’t completely happy with the set-up. We changed a few things for the second race and also ran a different rear tyre but things didn’t improve, I had a bad feeling with the front suspension and no grip at all at the rear. It’s disappointing, everyone is working so hard but it’s not happened for another weekend on the bounce. Brands Hatch should be easier as we have been there before and have somewhere to work from with the bike.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “I don’t know what to say. It was similar to Assen, we qualified well and then couldn’t capitalise on the position. Unfortunately in the first race we experienced an electrical issue, the data showed a fault in the main wiring loom so we had to change it for the second race. Before that he was hanging in there in contention for fifth place and we were quite optimistic. From Jon’s feedback we made a few changes for the second race and although he replicated the times from free practice on a couple of laps it never came together. We’re looking forward to getting to Brands Hatch now, we’ve been there with Jon before so have data for the bike and we’re confident of getting back on track.”
Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki looking to make amends at Silverstone
The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship heads to Silverstone this weekend for Round 11 of the 2014 season where the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team will be out to make amends for a tough weekend in Assen two weeks ago.
Jon Kirkham left the Netherlands with no points after crashing out of both races but it wasn’t all negative for the Derby rider who achieved the team’s first pole position in British Superbikes.
Heading to Northamptonshire, Kirkham is eager to return to action aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R with the focus once again on ironing out any issues early in Friday’s practice sessions in order to concentrate on results come qualifying and race day.
Jon Kirkham: “Assen was a weekend to forget apart from the pole position. Silverstone is a circuit I really enjoy riding, it’s fast and I’m hoping we’ll be able to get back to where we know we can be. The bike should suit the circuit; we just need to sort out whatever problems are appearing between qualifying and the races.”
Jack Valentine: “There are two rounds left of the season and I really want to step things up and continue the progress we had been making before Donington. We need to get back where we should be and that’s aiming for top six. I thought we had a really good opportunity in Assen, I don’t regret the decision we made with tyres in race one and it led to us achieving our first ever pole position for the second race. We need to push hard early on to find the limits of the bike so we can give Jon the best set-up, if we can do that there is no reason he can’t get a result.”
Frustrating Assen for Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki
The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki Team endured a frustrating weekend at the tenth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
Despite showing promising pace throughout the weekend and setting pole for the second race, Jon Kirkham left the TT Circuit Assen with no points after two unfortunate DNF's.
In qualifying Kirkham comfortably progressed through the Q1 and Q2 sessions before the rain came down for the final ten minute shoot out for pole. Riding to the conditions, he made good use of the untimed wet practice before going on to qualify in a strong seventh place.
A heavy downfall prior to Sunday’s first race soaked the 2.542 mile Assen circuit but with the sun shining minutes later, parts of the track began to dry leaving riders with the difficult choice of whether to run wet or intermediate tyres. Knowing how quickly Assen can dry and with nothing to lose, Kirkham opted to run with a wet front tyre and intermediate rear. On a largely wet circuit, the five riders using intermediate tyres struggled in the early stages but as the race went on the lap times tumbled. In 21st position, Kirkham set the fastest lap of the race on the eighth lap with his pace over a second quicker than those in ahead. Unfortunately his luck ran out as the heavens opened once again on lap nine. The rain caught Kirkham off guard on and without wet weather tyres he crashed out of contention.
Securing the fastest lap of the first race saw Kirkham start race two from pole position. A steady start saw him remain with the top four but the Derby-rider then struggled to maintain the pace of the frontrunners. Dropping back to eighth place, he was pushing to stay with the group ahead when the front tucked underneath him ending his race.
Jon Kirkham: “It was looking really good this weekend, we qualified seventh and I was really looking forward to the race. We made a big tyre gamble for race one but unfortunately it didn’t pay off, when it rained again it caught me out and I was on my backside before I knew it. The positive thing from that was we secured pole position with the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki. I was confident I could run similar times to the boys at the front in race two, in free practice three our ideal times were well up there but in the race we had similar problems to Donington. When I went to out-brake somebody the bike would go sideways. I thought if I could stay with the group ahead I could maybe make up a few places but then I ran into the back of Christian Iddon and lost a place to Ellison. I was trying to keep with him but the back-end came round on me in one of the corners and made the front tuck. I’m confused as to what has happened, come the race it always seems to go wrong. I’m just disappointed really.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “The first race was run in very difficult conditions after the rain at the beginning. We had to make a decision on the grid and knowing Assen after being here a few times, we know how quick it can dry out. We ran a wet front and intermediate rear and despite it being a bit iffy on the first few laps, it started to prove a good choice with Jon setting the fastest lap of the race on the eighth lap. I thought that’d be the start of moving forwards, we wouldn’t have been on the rostrum but with picking up places at a second a lap, we could have got a decent result but unfortunately the rain came down and brought Jon off.
“With pole position, we were really optimistic for race two, we aren’t quite ready for the win yet but we were pushing hard for the top six as we know we’re more than capable of that. Pole set us up well, we lost a couple of places in the first few laps and then we just couldn’t run the times we’d been running in qualifying and warm-up. Jon says there is some sort of problem with the bike backing into corners, we’re not quite sure what it is, it’s odd as it’s not something that happens in any of the practice or qualifying sessions so we’ll need to look at the data and regroup before Silverstone. It’s disappointing as we had chance to secure a really strong finish today.”
Frustrating weekend for Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at Donington
It was a frustrating weekend at Donington Park for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team with Jon Kirkham missing out on a top ten finish for the first time since joining the team at Knockhill.
Despite putting in front-running times in the first two sectors of the 2.48 mile Leicestershire circuit, Kirkham struggled in the final sector across the weekend.
Things started to look up for the team in Saturday’s qualifying with Kirkham running solid times in S3. In the second session, the Derby rider set a time good enough for tenth position with three minutes to go but was unfortunately knocked back to 13th in the closing moments unable to better his team having used the best of his Pirelli tyre.
Kirkham continued to show pace through the first two sectors in Sunday’s first race but losing up to 0.7 seconds in the final split meant he was unable to progress through the back. Suffering brake issues in the closing stages, he crossed the line 12th.
Having qualified higher up the grid for the second outing, Kirkham made good progress off the line to join the battle for sixth place. However, with the race one braking issues resurfacing the 29-year-old slipped back through the pack to eventually finish 13th.
Jon Kirkham: “I’m disappointed with today’s results, I really wanted to impress with it being my home round and bring some good results home for the team. We struggled with the final sector all weekend and that was really highlighted in race one. We changed the bike quite dramatically for the second race but it didn’t seem to be the right direction and the brake issues in both races didn’t help either. The top sixteen riders were so close this weekend you couldn’t afford to give a couple of tenths away like we did. We’ve made such great progress every round this season, this is the first time we haven’t gone better which is a shame as Donington is usually a good track for me. Hopefully it’s just a one off bad weekend and that we’ll be back towards the top six at Assen.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “It’s been a frustrating weekend, we’ve really struggled through the final sector. Jon’s been as quick as anyone else through the first two sectors all weekend but the last sector we’ve been losing up to 0.7 seconds. We made quite a few changes to try and make it better and still couldn’t improve it. Things weren’t helped with a brake issue in the first race. We made a major change for the second race and it was a bit better. I thought he’d be able to hang on to the back of the battle for sixth but then the brake issue surfaced again, so that’s something we’re going to have to investigate as it really hampered his progress. It’s not been a great weekend but you get weekends like this, we’ve made a lot of progress recently and hopefully we can get back on that path at Assen.”
Solid sixth for Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at Cadwell Park
Jon Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki took their third sixth place of the season in challenging conditions today in the eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park.
The weekend had been going well for the 29-year old, not finishing outside the top ten throughout free practice. Come qualifying he progressed into the final Q3 session to take seventh on the grid putting him in a strong position on the third row for Sunday’s first race.
A rapid start in race one saw Kirkham bolt off the third row into third position. A first lap charge from Ryuichi Kiyonari saw Jon cross the line fourth at the end of the first lap. With weather conditions sketchy, he lost a further position to Bridewell the second lap before becoming embroiled in an eight-bike freight train fighting for the lead.
Kirkham held off championship contender Josh Brookes for several laps before the Yamaha man broke through. As the rain started to fall Kirkham opted to back off a little to assess the situation while remaining on the tail of the riders ahead. Having been threatening throughout the race, the rain came down heavy on lap eleven and with all riders out on slicks a few were caught out in the downpour including Jon, who crashed with Josh Waters on Park Corner. The red flag was brought out and the result taken back a lap meaning he’d be classified in eighth position.
After the crash at the end of race one, Kirkham was a little sore and with conditions much worse for the second race he opted to take it steady at the start. Settling into a rhythm on the back of the battle for sixth he began to pick off his rivals one by one eventually getting the better of Glen Richards to lead the pack across the line.
Jon Kirkham: “I was a bit annoyed with the first race today as we got caught out by the rain, me and Josh Waters hit the same wet patch and got flicked off our bikes. That left me a bit sore for race two, I banged my chest pretty bad and hurt my knee, so I had no confidence at the beginning – the last thing I wanted to do was fall off! I’d watched the Supersport race before and they were falling like flies. I’m glad to have got another sixth place but I’m just a bit disappointed that I wasn’t confident enough at the beginning as then we might have been able to progress further. To achieve two top tens is a good result, I just need to calm down a bit at Donington as I get a bit worked up and put myself under too much pressure!”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “We qualified much stronger this weekend and Jon had a great start in race one. He’s gaining confidence all the time and is very happy with the bike. As the race went on he settled down and nibbled away at those in front but unfortunately as the weather got worse he slipped off. With the red flag the result stood so we were happy with the eighth place. In the second race we knew our wet settings were good and he had a steady start. As the race developed he got back into a rhythm and started picking them all off again. I’m really pleased with another sixth place, if Jon can believe in himself like we believe in him and hang in there that little bit earlier we’ve no doubt he’ll be challenging every week”.
Kirkham now sits eleventh in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings with 76 points. The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team are back out in two weeks’ time at Donington Park.
Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki set for Cadwell Party In The Park
The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team heads to the Lincolnshire wolds this weekend for the eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park and after a positive test at the 2.180 mile circuit last week, Jon Kirkham is feeling confident ahead of the weekend’s racing.
Kirkham and the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team showed their pace last time out at Oulton Park, ranking in the top six in the opening free practice sessions before a gigantic crash ruled the Derbyshire rider out of qualifying for the first race. Despite this, Kirkham was able to secure two top ten results and is now keen to showcase the potential of his Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at the tight and twisty Cadwell Park.
The team tested a number of new parts and set-up changes during a test at the Lincolnshire circuit last week and with further progress made, Kirkham is itching to get out on his ZX10-R.
Jon Kirkham: “We had a great test at Cadwell last Tuesday after Oulton. We sorted loads out and tested a new swinging arm which we’re really happy with and we now know which direction to go come Saturday morning. Oulton was always going to be tough after wrecking the bike so it was good to go straight into a positive test. Cadwell a tough track, tight and twisty which makes it hard to pass so it’s important to qualify well and get away with the front boys.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “After the test, we’re really well prepared for Cadwell this weekend and have improved the bike massively from Oulton Park. Weather permitting; I’m looking forward to a strong performance from Jon. He should come out of the box on the pace from Free Practice 1 and hopefully we can build it on there. Qualifying well is important at Cadwell as you don’t want to hack your way through the field as it’s too narrow, if we can get a good grid position we should be in for a good weekend”.
Top Ten for Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at Oulton Park
Jon Kirkham defied tricky conditions to bag two top ten finishes in Sunday’s MCE Insurance British Superbike races at Oulton Park to conclude a challenging but positive weekend for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team after securing a points finish from the back of the grid on Saturday.
Heavy rainfall on Sunday morning cast doubts over the afternoon’s track activity but a sunny spell around lunchtime helped the track dry ahead of the first British Superbike race of the day. With damp patches under the trees, Jon headed to the grid on intermediate tyres before opting to switch to slicks ahead of the race.
Steady off the start in the difficult conditions from 15th on the grid, Kirkham settled into a rhythm before picking off his rivals one by one. By mid-distance the Derby rider had moved into the top ten. A pass on Michael Rutter into Lodge on the ninth lap saw him secure his place in the top ten before chasing down the four riders battling for fourth ahead. The 29-year old crossed the line in a respectable eighth place.
Setting the seventh fastest lap in the second race, Kirkham started the final outing from the third row of the grid. Losing a few positions off the start, Kirkham found himself in ninth position with a two second gap to the rider ahead by lap five. Once settled he reduced the gap lap by lap until he was right on the back of the riders ahead. Looking for a way around Tommy Bridewell for eigth, Kirkham was held up by a backmarker in the closing stages and despite closing right up to the Milwaukee Yamaha on the last lap, it was too little too late leaving him to cross the line ninth.
Jon Kirkham: “I’m a bit disappointed with this weekend as I think we had so much potential as we showed with our performance in free practice. The crash made things difficult as I had to start Saturday’s race from the back of the grid and the first race today from 15th. It wasn’t until the third race that I got a decent grid position! It was a bit steady on the start and I had to close down the gap to the riders ahead. I was right on the back of Bridewell but got held up by Rhalf Lo Turco who was a lap down. I managed to close down the gap again but it was a bit too late. Overall it was a tough weekend but we can’t complain at two top ten finishes.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “We started off really strong this weekend before the crash yesterday set us back a little bit. Jon has got it all together and we’ve been there or there abouts so I can’t say I’m disappointed. In both races we were on the back of the packs fighting for the top six so I’m sure if we’d had a better start Jon would have been up there. We need to work on getting a better qualifying position, which I think we’d have had without the crash yesterday, and then pushing hard in the first half of the race. There’s no reason we can’t be challenging for the top six every week and everything else will be a bonus from there.”
Kirkham fights into the points from back of the grid at Oulton Park
It was a challenging day for Jon Kirkham and the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team in Round 7 of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park. A morning crash left Kirkham on the back row of the grid for this afternoon's first race but a strong ride into the points leaves the team in positive spirits ahead of tomorrow's two outings.
Hopes were high for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team at Oulton Park off the back of a season-best result last time out at Thruxton. Kirkham was fast out of the blocks on Friday, setting the sixth fastest time the first practice session before going ninth fastest in the afternoon session.
Feeling he could push his ZX10-R further, the Derby rider excelled on Saturday morning in the final practice session lapping just eight tenths off the leaders to set the fifth fastest time. Pushing on to cement his position, he took a slightly different line into Old Hall bend unfortunately hitting a bump and losing the front end.
Jon was relatively unscathed in the crash but the same could not be said for his Kawasaki which hit a steel girder after cartwheeling through the gravel. British Superbike teams are only permitted to have one bike built and ready to race, meaning the team were faced with the task of building a new ZX10-R from scratch. With just over 90 minutes between the final practice session and qualifying, the team struggled to get the bike ready in time for Jon to participate in the knock-out session meaning he’d have to start from the back of the grid in this afternoon’s first race.
Making up six positions off the start, Kirkham settled into the rhythm picking off his competitors one by one. By half distance he’d made it into the points and began to chase down BMW’s Lee Jackson. Catching and passing Jackson on the tenth lap, Kirkham had just five laps remaining to chase down Barry Burrell four seconds up the road. Unfortunately time got the better of the 29 year old, crossing the line just 1.5 seconds behind Burrell after setting his fastest lap of the race on the final lap.
A lap time of 1’37.086 places Kirkham 15th on the grid for tomorrow’s second race.
Jon Kirkham: “We’ve had good pace all weekend and I was confident that we could go out this morning and put in some good times to get ready for qualifying. Unfortunately I slipped off going into turn one and the bike destroyed itself. It’s the first time I’ve pushed the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki past its limit, it was going to happen eventually it’s just a shame that the bike ended up a write off. It left the boys in the team a lot of work to do as they had to build a brand new bike.”
"In the race the new bike didn’t feel like the old one, you can have two identical machines but they can be so different to ride. My crew chief Stefano always says your bike should feel like your girlfriend and in today’s race it didn’t. Hopefully tomorrow we can make it feel a bit more like my own. I set my fastest lap on the final lap which shows I can do the times so with any luck tomorrow we’ll be back where we should be.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “Building on the sixth place we achieved at Thruxton last week, Jon was towards the front straight away in the free practice sessions. In the final practice he went slightly off line and hit a bump and lost the front while in fourth position. Unfortunately the bike dug in and flipped over the barrier hitting a steel girder, snapping the swinging arm in half and breaking the frame meaning we couldn’t get a bike out for qualifying.”
“The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki Team did a mega job rebuilding the bike for the race but we had to start from the back of the grid. He got through 14 places and into the points which is fair play, things feel a bit different on a new bike and we’d had no time to test it on track. It’s disappointing but these things happen, we’ve got to build on the progress made before the crash and hopefully, weather permitting we’ll be on the pace tomorrow. Jon showed he’s got the pace by setting his fastest lap on the last lap of the race so if he can get a good start tomorrow I’ll be happy.”
Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki set for Oulton Park triple header The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team head to Oulton Park this weekend for the seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike championship. The 2.692 mile Cheshire circuit hosts the Bolton-based team’s home round and rider Jon Kirkham is looking to make further progress aboard his Kawasaki ZX10-R after matching his season-best result at Thruxton last time out.
The Derby rider enjoyed an impressive ride in the second race at the Hampshire venue finishing in sixth position after a battle with former MotoGP star John Hopkins. Having made consistent progress since joining the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki squad three rounds ago, Kirkham is looking forward to getting out at what he considers one of his favourite circuits.
The seventh round of the championship marks an important opportunity to capitalise on points, with three races held over the weekend instead of the usual two. The first race will take place on Saturday afternoon before the two usual outings on Sunday.
Jon Kirkham: “We had a great weekend at Thruxton which isn’t a very good track for me, so I’m really looking forward to getting out at a circuit I enjoy riding a lot more. Oulton is one of my favourite circuits and I’ve had some of my best results there in the past. We’ve made some great progress with the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki, it’s an awesome machine and it should suit Oulton so I can’t wait to roll out on it on Friday.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “We’re really happy with the bike now and we’ve got a great package for Jon. He’s really getting to grips with it and starting to enjoy it as shown by his results at Thruxton. We’ve got a good base setting now so we should be able to work on perfecting the bike for the circuit from the off. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be capable of another top six result if Jon’s happy with the bike, it’s one of his favourite circuits so we’re hoping it will be a good weekend.”
Super sixth for Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at Thruxton
It was a strong outing for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki squad in the sixth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, with Jon Kirkham equalling his season best finish of sixth place in race two.
After bagging sixth in wet conditions at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, Kirkham was keen to prove his pace in the dry this time out. An impressive performance in qualifying saw the Derby-based rider break into the final ‘Q3’ session before going on to qualify tenth.
A poor start to the first race saw the 29-year drop to fourteenth on the first lap placing him with the challenge of fighting back through the field. Joining the back of an eight rider freight train, Kirkham found himself in a four-way battle for tenth, displacing Barry Burrell and Peter Hickman for eleventh in the closing laps.
An impressive lap time in the first race saw Kirkham move onto the third row for the second outing, in which an improved start saw him move up to seventh early on. The race was halted on the fourth lap to allow a clean-up operation following another rider’s machine suffering a mechanical failure.
Getting off the line better for the restart, Jon settled into the race in seventh place behind Honda’s Peter Hickman before making a move to take sixth with four laps to go. Having followed him past the Lincolnshireman, John Hopkins pushed Kirkham hard in the closing stages but the superior pace of the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki saw Kirkham clinch his second sixth place of the season.
Jon Kirkham: “We’ve made progress again all weekend and I was looking forward to the races because it looked like we’d have real good race pace. In race one it didn’t quite click and I was struggling to be as aggressive as I wanted so come race two I dug in deep. The boys worked hard and made the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki feel a lot better and it helped me to be more aggressive, where I struggled in the first race I was strong in the second. It was a shame I didn’t get past Hickman a bit sooner as I thought that lost us the tow to the front group. I managed to catch Walker by the last lap but it was too little too late. This isn’t a very good track for me so I’m looking forward to moving on to some real circuits like Oulton Park.”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “To back up race two from a damp Brands Hatch with a sixth place in the dry around the fastest circuit in the country was just what we needed. I think Jon showed a lot more aggression in the second race and showed what he could do from a good grid position. A strong lap in race one saw him move onto the third row in 9th for the second race before moving into 7th after the red flag. He was running lap times as good as anybody in the top six showing exactly how hard the team is working and how much Jon’s gelled with the bike. It’s good to see his confidence is coming back, I knew his potential when he joined the team, all he needed was the right bike and the right team and as this weekend has shown it’s really come together for us.”
Martin Halsall, Team Owner: “It’s been a superb weekend and the team are making great progress. I’ve always said to the guys that the most important thing is to enjoy it and that’s what Jon and the boys are doing. He’s taken his time and not done anything silly to get where we are now, it’s great to see the progress and I’m really happy.”
Kirkham and Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki looking to carry momentum to speedy Thruxton
The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team heads south this weekend for the sixth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, where Jon Kirkham will be looking to carry forward momentum gained at Brands Hatch after achieving the team’s best result of the season so far.
The Bolton-based squad and Kirkham made constant progress at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, culminating in Kirkham’s first two points finishes with the team. Jon took thirteenth in the first Superbike race at the Kent circuit before going on to score an impressive sixth place in wet conditions in the second, leaving the team in positive spirits ahead of their trip to Hampshire this weekend.
Kirkham is confident the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki will take well to the 2.35 mile Thruxton circuit, the fastest circuit on the British Superbike calendar.
Jon Kirkham: "I've had some decent results at Thruxton so I’m looking forward to getting out there this weekend. I think the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki will work well around there so we’ll see what we can do! I was really pleased with sixth last time out at Brands and I think the bike has the potential for a result like that in the dry, I just need to adapt to it a little more. Each track we’ve been to has been completely new for us but now I’m starting to learn what to expect from the bike, so it should be a good weekend."
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: "We’re looking forward to getting out at Thruxton this weekend. We’ve a few more upgrades for the bike which should give Jon a bit more feel and grip. We’ve got a good base set-up now and everything was working well at Brands. Thruxton is an extremely fast circuit at which you need to find the compromise between the bike absorbing the bumps and still handling well enough to maintain the high speeds. Jon’s getting more confident with the bike each time he goes out so we’ll be looking for a couple of strong results this weekend."
Kirkham back in the Showdown fight after Brands sixth
Jon Kirkham has returned to where he left off the 2013 MCE British Superbike season, scoring his best result of the season so far in race two at Brands Hatch and showing for the first time this season the pace that left him issuing out on a Showdown place to his teammate James Westmoreland last year. Click here to read more on the MCN site.
Sixth for Kirkham & Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki at Brands Hatch
It was a weekend of constant improvement for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team at the fifth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, with rider Jon Kirkham taking his first points for the team in race one before a stunning ride to sixth place in wet conditions in the second race.
A strong start in the first race saw Kirkham make up two places on the first lap, moving up to 11th position right on the back of fellow Kawasaki rider, Howie Mainwairing. Jakub Smrz pushed the Derby-based rider back to twelfth before the safety car came out on the fourth lap following a crash from Barry Burrell.
As the race resumed, Kirkham latched on to the back of Smrz’ Ducati for the next few laps before several mistakes saw the twenty-nine year old drop back to 15th. Fighting on hard, Kirkham soon made up the time to find himself right on the back of the battle for ninth. Despite several attempts, the Halsall Kawasaki man couldn’t make it past Lincolnshire’s Peter Hickman forcing him to settle for 13th across the line.
The second race wasn’t short of drama and with two red flags, tensions were high. Kirkham lost out on a couple of positions in the first restart after slowing to avoid a fallen rider, unfortunately as the race resumed before the red flag came out he was 15th on the grid for the restart.
A strong start in wet conditions saw the Kawasaki man progress though the pack, picking off his rivals. A couple of mistakes from others saw Kirkham climb to seventh place before chasing down a 2.6 second gap to Dan Linfoot.
Catching and passing Linfoot for sixth, Kirkham pushed on in attempt to chase down the podium battle but after nearly losing the front he opted to play it safe and bring his Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki home with ten solid points.
Jon Kirkham: “I was a bit disappointed with race one, I’d been getting there all weekend but when I tried to be aggressive in the race to pass people we ran in to a few problems. We fixed it for race two but never really got a chance to use it. On the second start Howie Mainwaring went down in front of me and I saw something coming out of his bike so I shut off but loads of people came past me and when the safety car came out I lost three places meaning I was fifteenth on the grid. I plugged away, got into sixth and tried to catch Shakey but after a few moments I thought I’d best not be daft and get the team some points rather than taking a risk. I felt really comfortable so I’m happy to have some points and we can work on it now!”
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “I’m really pleased with Jon’s results today. The second race was really difficult for everybody. The boys have done a mega job; we had a good set-up from yesterday’s damp session. Unfortunately we lost two positions on the grid after the Howie Mainwaring incident which didn’t help but he rode a steady race. Anything can go wrong coming from that far back on the grid but he rode a professional race and we’re really pleased with sixth place. We made a lot of progress in the dry as well which has given us even more direction. Jon’s getting more and more confident with the bike and the set up and roll on Thruxton!”
The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team are next out for the sixth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike championship at Thruxton.
Kirkham settles in at Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki
It was a frustrating weekend for the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team at Knockhill, as a significant lack of track time hampered the team’s efforts to break into the points with Jon Kirkham.
Kirkham got a first taste of his new Halsall Racing Kawasaki ZX10-R during Friday’s free practice and spent the two sessions familiarising himself with the bike and getting into the rhythm of things having not ridden in anger since Oulton Park at the beginning of May.
In qualifying, Kirkham and the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki struggled in the final sector of the 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit and was therefore unable to capitalise on his pace in the first two sectors leaving him 21st on the grid for Sunday’s two races.
After a step forward in morning warm-up, Kirkham was confident ahead of the first race but struggled with the ZX10-R in a race situation. Making up two places on the start, Kirkham began to chase down Howie Mainwaring for 18th place. The Derby rider made his way past Mainwaring and Ian Hutchinson into 17th before setting off after Ben Wilson. Despite reducing a gap of 1.7 seconds to 0.1 sec towards the end of the race, Kirkham was unable to find a way past his Kawasaki rival on the final lap and was forced to settle for 17th.
Making some changes to the bike’s gearing for the second race in search of improvement. Despite a strong start to the race, shooting into 14th from the start, the new set-up proved to be a step backwards as Kirkham struggled towards the end of the race dropping back to 17th.
Jon Kirkham: "It was a tough weekend! We were chipping away each session but in qualifying we couldn’t get down to the times we wanted. We were consistent but unable to get in that one fast lap. In morning warm up we made further improvements but in the race I struggled with the bike in a race situation."
"I wasn’t very happy with 17th so we changed quite a lot for the second race but unfortunately made it worse and I was really struggling in a few places so I just used the race as practice on the bike. Overall I’m disappointed not to have any results but we’ve done some good mileage now and can work on that. The bike is awesome and when we get to a track like Brands Hatch we can really use its potential of it but at a place like Knockhill it’s difficult to gel with a bike you’ve never ridden. I’m a bit rusty as well to be honest, I haven’t really ridden in seven weeks and my confidence isn’t sky high after a tough start to the season. It’s going to take a bit of work but I think we will get there and I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch!"
Jack Valentine, Team Manager: "We didn't expect much from this weekend but we can't say we aren't disappointed. Jon's really happy with the bike and has worked well with us. A combination of things held us back, Jon is a bit rusty after having only really ridden at Oulton so far this year and the team has no data for Knockhill whatsoever as the crew is entirely different to when last here. That coupled with Jon being on the bike for the first time made it a hard task!"
"Jon showed good pace. In the first two sectors he was high up the timesheets but seemed to be struggling in the final sector. I think he had potential to finish top twelve this weekend but we just couldn't get that final sector right. The first race didn’t work out so we went back to a previous set-up for the second but it was worse. Jon made a good start so without the set-up issues I think he could have had a good result. It didn’t work out this weekend but it’s nice to be working Jon again and we’re looking onwards and upwards for Brands!"
Halsall Biker Kawasaki will be back out at the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on the 18/19/20th July.
Jon Kirkham Joins the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki Team
After a season campaign start of both highs and lows, the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki Team continue to look ahead and climb the next rung on their race campaign ladder.
In an effort to move positions further up the grid, the team have drafted the services of 2010 Superstock Championship winner and BSB Championship race winner and podium finisher, Jon Kirkam, in replacement of the young Harry Hartley.
Jon will make his first appearance with the team, with Jack Valentine at the helm, from the fourth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Knockhill on the 27th to the 29th of June.
On Jon joining the team, Team Manager Jack Valentine has said: "We are disappointed to let Harry go as we believe he has the talent to make it as a top Superbike rider. At this early stage, the team needs stability to ensure we can be consistently in the points”.
More than just a consistent point-scorer, podium finisher or championship winner, Jon brings to the squad his own experiences as team owner with his championship winning campaign season in Superstock 1000 in 2010.
Jon’s CV spans many years in hotly contested domestic championships, on most of the competing manufacturer motorcycles, with some of the most well known teams on the grid.
Kirkham joins Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki from Knockhill
Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki has announced that Jon Kirkham will join the team from the fourth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Knockhill next weekend (27/28/29 June), following the team parting company with Harry Hartley after a tough start to the season.
Derby's Kirkham is set to take over the team's sole Kawasaki ZX10-R from the next round of the championship in Scotland and joins the team with plenty of pedigree having won MCE British Superbike races and scored multiple podium finishes. Kirkham has already ridden under the management of current Halsall Kawasaki team manager Jack Valentine during the 2011 season at Suzuki. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Race Consistency for Halsall Biker Gear's Harry Hartley at Round 2 of MCE BSB 2014
The weather stayed dry for Round 2 of the MCE British Superbikes race from Oulton Park in leafy Cheshire, with Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki's Harry Hartley, launching a campaign of consistency for races one and two.
After qualifying 22nd and a minor incident in morning warm-up, which saw Harry off the bike and back in the pits, the Halsall mechanics set to work to prepare Harry's stricken Kawasaki ZX10-R in preparation for Race 1.
Starting from his qualifying position on row 8 of the grid and narrowly avoiding a lap one incident involving Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari, Harry moved up several positions, throughout the course of the race to bring the Kawasaki home in 17th.
Race 2 suffered no lack of drama with four riders bowing out of the race resultant of either on track incidences or mechanical failure. Young Harry, blitzed the field from his starting position only to lose several places within the pack he was fighting. Hartley the Hare then began a race campaign of regaining positions, working his way past his competitors to end the race in 17th.
Though deemed a learning year for the young racer, Harry has proven in just the first two races, his mettle and impressively developing race craft.
Valentine returns to MCE BSB with Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki
Experienced team manager Jack Valentine will make his return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship paddock as joins the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team with immediate effect after spending time with team owner Martin Halsall's at Oulton Park last weekend. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Hartley reflects on Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki's home round
The Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team returned home from the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with two strong finishes for teenage hotshot Harry Hartley. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
BSB Race Team Halsall Biker Gear has parted company with rider Lee Costello
Martin Halsall, Team Owner has said in a recent statement: "It is with regret that we have to announce that we have parted company with Lee Costello. Lee has been an integral part of the team since we began, and we are going to miss him. From myself and on behalf of the whole Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki team I would like to wish Lee well for whatever he does in the future."
The Bolton-based Kawasaki racing team will continue their campaign in the hotly contested 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with young gun Harry Hartley, as the championship arrives at the team’s home track, Oulton Park this May Bank Holiday weekend, for Round 2.
Off the back of his debut as the youngest ever contender in the race series, at the opening round at Brands Hatch, Martin Halsall has further commented saying, “We will continue to run Harry Hartley on our Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki machine. Harry has made a fantastic start to his superbike career, becoming the youngest rider ever to score points and we are looking forward to seeing where he can go from here."
Hartley becomes youngest ever MCE BSB points finisher at Brands Hatch
Harry Hartley was the youngest rider to ever line up in an MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Brands Hatch yesterday and the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki rider performed impressively on his debut to become the youngest rider to ever score championship points having just turned 17. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Hartley becomes youngest ever BSB points scorer at Brands Hatch
HALSALL Biker Gear Kawasaki’s Harry Hartley became the youngest ever rider to score points in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship after taking an impressive 13th place at Brands Hatch Indy on Easter Monday. Click here to read more on the Closer 2 the Hedge site.
Halsall Racing Team scores a result in R1 of the MCE BSB 2014
Well done to both Harry Hartley and Lee Costello today at the opening round of British Superbikes from the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.
After Sunday's challenging qualifying session mired in heavy rain, resulting in high attrition, Harry managed a starting position of 27th with Lee close behind in 31st.
After hard fought laps in both race one and two, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend has concluded on a positive with finishing positions in race one of 17th and 18th for Lee and Harry and race two finishes of 13th and 18th, with the young Harry Hartley coming out on top and finishing in the points!
The British Superbike 2014 season is well underway and we're looking forward to Round 2 at Outlon Park on the 5th of May where our two racers will be racing on home turf!
Hartley makes Superbike debut with Halsall Racing Kawasaki
The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship's youngest ever contender Harry Hartley had his first chance to test the Halsall Racing Kawasaki at Oulton Park as he counts down to his debut season. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Martin Halsall announces Harry Hartley as new Team Racer at MCN London Motorcycle Show 2014
Toby Moody interviews Martin Halsall at London's MCN London Motorcycle Show at ExCel. Click here to watch the video.
Podium finishers Halsall Racing confirm Costello and youngest ever contender Hartley
The Halsall Racing Kawasaki team have revealed their two rider line-up for the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season as the Bolton-based team prepare to build on their remarkable debut season in the premier class with Lee Costello and the youngest ever contender Harry Hartley. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Hartley to become youngest-ever British Superbike rider
Former Pirelli National Superstock 600 podium man Harry Hartley will make the jump to the MCE British Superbike Championship in 2014 to become the youngest-ever riders in the series history when he joins Lee Costello in the Halsall Kawasaki squad. Click here to read more on the BSN site.
Halsall Racing sign Costello and Hartley, making him youngest BSB rider ever for 2014
With nine weeks to go before the lights go out for the first round of the 2014 British Superbike season Martin Halsall has revealed his two riders who he hopes will build on last seasons performances, at the MCN bike show in London this weekend. Click here to read more on the Bike Sport News site.
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Podium joy for Costello and the Halsall Racing Kawasaki team
THE Bolton-based Halsall Racing Kawasaki team ended the 2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on a high with rider Lee Costello taking a second place in Sunday’s first race at Brands Hatch. Click here to read more on the Zoe Burn site.
Waters ready for 'another go' with Halsall Racing at Silverstone
Double Australian Supersport champion Josh Waters is ready for his MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship return this weekend at Silverstone after he was given the opportunity to join the Halsall Racing Kawasaki team to finish the season. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
British Superbikes: Halsall sign Australian star Josh Waters
Halsall Racing Team have signed Double Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters for the final two rounds of the British Superbike Championship season. Click here to read more on the Sky Sports site.
Halsall Racing Kawasaki and Bridewell awarded Speedy Spirit Award
The Halsall Racing Kawasaki team and Tommy Bridewell were awarded the Speedy Spirit Award at Donington Park last weekend for scoring their debut MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship podium at Cadwell Park. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Bridewell: I will be pushing to the maximum!
Tommy Bridewell had his most successful weekend of his MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship career to date last time out at Cadwell Park and now the Halsall Racing Kawasaki rider is ready to carry the momentum to Donington Park this weekend. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Halsall Racing Kawasaki score maiden podium with Bridewell
Halsall Racing Kawasaki are celebrating their first podium finish in their debut MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season after Tommy Bridewell scored a sensational second place finish in race two at Cadwell Park. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Down to the point: Halsall Racing Kawasaki score at Knockhill
Halsall Racing Kawasaki celebrated their best results of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season at Knockhill as Lee Costello scored the team their first points in the series just four rounds into the debut season. Click here to read more on the BSB site.
Costello & Halsall Racing Kawasaki building for Knockhill
The Halsall Racing Kawasaki team made their debut in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this season and Lee Costello has been gradually building momentum as he adapts to the new class after stepping up from the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Series. Click here to read the interview.
Meet Halsall Racing’s Lee Costello
Moving into BSB this year from SUPERSTOCK, Lee gives a quick interview on his thoughts on the upcoming season, there’s also a couple of snippets from the opening Race at Brands Hatch. Click here to watch the interview.
The opener of the new MCE BSB season started this weekend at Brands Hatch, and although not the best of starts to the season for Lee with a crash during practice on Saturday it shows that it’s all about teamwork.
Full credit goes to the whole team who worked really hard to get Lee back out on the bike for race day and with the first session out of the way Lee’s already raring to go at Thruxton next weekend.
A word from the top "We dipped our toe in the water in the Superstock class and now the next progression is to move into Superbike. That has always been my dream, from the moment I started my team and now we are turning that into a reality. I know that there is going to be a lot of learning but we have goals and we will grow into the Championship. We have years ahead of us to become serious contenders in the future. I have signed Lee for another season as I feel the time is right to give him the opportunity to be part of this progression with the team; the time is right to make the step up and all our efforts can be focused on him. We are new to the BSB grid but I am serious about achieving our goals." Martin Halsall, Team Owner
Well up for the challenge "It is really exciting for me to have this chance to race in BSB and I have to thank Martin for giving me the opportunity. We had a season in the Superstock class and we got up the front and now we are making the move up to Superbike. We just need to start chipping away and work on the package throughout the season but we have experience with the Kawasaki from being in Superstock last year to build on. I will be doing the best job I can for Martin and the team." Lee ‘COZZY’ Costello, Team Rider