Round 4 of the season took place at the Norwich circuit Snetterton. As the Moto 3 championship does not compete at some of the British Superbike events, it was just Kurt and Matt on the Sorrymate Racing Supersport machines.
The weekend began on a progressive note as many changes were made to the setup of the bikes. Kurt had the slight advantage over Matt following a series of suspension development at the test day a couple of weeks before. From FP1 to FP2 Kurt knocked 3 seconds of his best time of the session putting him in P8 and Matt sliced his time by 2 seconds despite only completing 9 laps.
Kurt was feeling much more comfortable with the bike and the progress made with the settings which allowed him to get straight out on track and start working to better his previous lap times. By lap 9 he knocked half a second off as he ran shy of the top 5 for a series of laps but the competitive nature of the class saw him fall to 9thin the closing 1 minute 20 seconds. Matt was unfortunately pushed to the back of the grid following an apparent breach of rules in the session despite further improvements leaving him to begin race 1 from 31st.
The Snetterton sprint race began to look like a change of luck for the team as they battled their way forward with Kurt in 8thand Matt running at the boarder of the points from a challenging grid position to say the least, however on the final lap this soon came to an abrupt stop as a competitor’s bike just ahead of Kurt blew up dumping an unbelievable amount of oil on the tarmac. Kurt was the first to be taken down along with the two riders he was battling with. A series of other riders with Matt being one shortly followed as the incident resulted in 7 competitors down and a red flag scenario. Unfortunately, Matt was left with concussion following him colliding with a stationary bike in the run off area accompanied with a fractured finger and ligament damage.
Due to the injuries Matt sustained, he was ruled unfit to ride in Sundays feature race but he was back at the circuit after the marshals, medics and doctors in the local hospital did a great job of looking after him. The team stayed up until early hours rebuilding bikes as the high-speed crashes caused a substantial amount of damage to both. Kurt struggled to push on the brakes entering the corners in the second race due to the front end being out of line as the resources were not available to replace some major components. The team did their best to make a comeback as Kurt went on to claim 10thposition.
We would like to introduce to you our latest team member …. Josh Hiatt 57
As the 2018 season approached, Sorrymate.com racing decided to continue their investment in the young up and coming racers of the motorsport by taking on the newest member who will be competing in the British Motostar class under the wing of British Superbikes.
Kurt and Matt will be working with Josh to offer all the support they can.
Sorrymate.com have been onboard with us for many years now and we would like to say a special thank you for their support along with everyone who backs us.
We will keep the updates rolling in over the weekend aconpanied by some fantastic photos from RBPS Photography
It has been a cold and wet weekend at Donington Park for the first round of the Bennetts British Superbike racing season.
FP1 was a great opportunity for both boys to get back into the swing of things and to adjust to riding in the wet! Matt was putting down some top 10 lap times for most of the session which made for a great start to the weekend and a good confidence boost! FP2 was exciting with Kurt putting down the fastest lap and holding it right up until the end of the session where he was pushed back down to P3 as the track began to dry.
Sunday provided the best weather conditions of the weekend but there was a lot of pressure on the team in decision making. Race 1 was declared wet due to weather forecasts from the nearby airport. During the first warm-up lap it began spitting so both Kurt and Matt made the decision to change to wets on the grid. Unfortunately this was the wrong decision and the rain stopped with the track remaining dry. During the warm-up laps Matt had to leave the track due to technical issues, leading to him being unable to participate in the first race. Kurt persevered with his tyre decision and rode hard, finishing in P18.
Bad weather forecasts left the paddock unsure as to whether or not racing would be going ahead on Monday. The Supersport warm-up was the first session of the day and provided dangerous conditions with standing water across much of the track.
The weather improved slightly throughout the day and Race 1 went ahead as scheduled at 15:40. For Kurt, the conditions were just right and starting from 23rd and row 8 of the grid, he battled his way through the pack with the fourth fastest lap time of the race and closing gaps of three and four seconds between riders in front! He made it to 8th position and during the 7th place overtaking manoeuvre on the last corner of the last lap he lost the front, leading to a slide through the grass and a “DNF”. Matt was equally as impressive, starting from 29th on the grid and pushing hard to catch the next person, he finished in 15th position, closing the first round in the points after having almost a year out!
There will be a full race report sent out to follow this post shortly.
Last week Kurt & Matt took to the Spanish circuit of Cartagena in the bid to prepare themselves and the bikes for the 2018 British Superbike season.
Each of the 4 days provided significant improvements accompanied by amendments to the bike setups boosting the confidence of the twins who had one key aim … to out perform one another.
Following Matt’s high speed crash last year at Knockhill and the injuries sustained, this was the first opportunity to get back behind the screen of the two wheeled machine. It wasn’t long before his pace began to show as he spent a couple of days working with Kurt to find his feet.
Kurt was pleased with the test as he completed day 4 with not only a new personal best lap time that would put him in the mix at the Supersport sharp end but also the awesome elbow down action captured by RBPS Photography who accompanied the team on their trip.
It’s been great to catch up with a few of our sponsors today at the Motorcycle Expo show.
We are pleased to have confirmed our continued sponsorship by Oxford Products as they kit us out with HJC RPHA11 helmets.
Its vital to have the upmost confidence in your race wear when riding in some of the most extreme conditions. Having used these helmets last season, we know that we’ll be kitted out with some of the best products on the market.
We’ve also had chance to catch up with Held who will be providing our gloves for the coming season. They’ve sponsored the team for several years now and have never failed to provide the highest quality hand protection, with gloves made to personally fit each of us and to match our race colours.
We would like to welcome EBC Brakes on board for the forthcoming season who have agreed to support the team with high performance braking systems for their Yamaha R6 machines. The race bikes will be equipped with EBC brake pads and disks ready for the commencement of 2018 testing.
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