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Samsung Honda Narrowly Miss Out on Superbike Podium At Brands Hatch
|Monday, 23 July 2012 15:07|
The Samsung Honda team narrowly missed out on scoring a podium finish at the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent as Michael Laverty claimed a pair of fourth places.
In the opening race Laverty took the lead on the opening lap and ran in a podium position for over half the race before a move by Josh Brookes forced him back to fourth. In race two Laverty again had a flying start but again was pushed down the order as the team worked hard throughout the weekend but were unable to find a setting to close the gap to his title rivals. Two fourth places meant Laverty remains inside the top six in the overall standings in fourth place. Jon Kirkham meanwhile had another challenging weekend as he claimed a twelfth and fourteenth place finish in the two races.
In the Superstock 1000 Championship race Jason O'Halloran claimed his third win of the season to move to within one point of the title lead after taking the lead from standings leader Keith Farmer after a safety car period during the race.
Michael Laverty: “The first race was tough. We took the set-up the wrong way as we have been trying so many things over the weekend. We had used it in warm up but in the race I was missing apexes. I thought we were going in the right directions but we should have gone back to what we had in qualifying. I was struggling running wide but this weekend we have sort of tested a lot of things, making changes. And in the second race I was still struggling with the brakes, running on in the corners and that made it hard to get on the throttle out of them but it was better than in the first.”
Jon Kirkham: “This has been a tough weekend. We had problems in practice and then had an engine change in qualifying. In the races I picked up a few places but I was lacking feel to outpace and outride the others so we have to look for improvements. It was a struggle for speed and grip and I was not too happy with the front end. We’ve not really been on it in the dry all year, but OK in the wet. It is not working for me in the dry and we need to find some answers but positively looking to the next round we know that the bike works well at Cadwell Park.”
Jason O’Halloran: “Everything went well for me in that race and I am really happy we could win that one for the Samsung Honda team. I got duffed up a bit at the start and then made a few mistakes but once the safety car came out I was able to regroup and really get my head down when the race started again. I pushed hard and I didn’t have much left at the end but it felt good to win that one.”
Gary Johnson: “It was great to be back on the Grand Prix circuit and I feel there is still more to come from me and the Samsung Honda with more time on track. Tenth wasn’t what I was hoping for but we go to Cadwell Park next and that is my home circuit so we will be pushing on again there.”
Neil Tuxworth, Manager – Honda Racing: “It has been a mixed day for Samsung Honda. Michael had a couple of fourth places but we thought this weekend we would have been capable of podium finishes. However we were not that far away so we can look at what we can improve for when we are back here in October. Jon has had another frustrating day and is still building his confidence back up and we need to see what we can do for Cadwell Park to return to the form we saw earlier in the season. Jason meanwhile did an excellent job to win the Superstock race and for Honda it was a fantastic result to have two Fireblades feature inside the top three.”
Article source: Honda Racing