Jack Kennedy and Mar-Train Racing Reached All Their Goals at Round One of the Championship.
Jack Kennedy believes Mar-Train Yamaha Racing ticked plenty of boxes as they surged to three top-10 finishes at the opening round of the 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Kennedy finished seventh in Saturday’s opening Sprint Race at Silverstone and followed that up with a similar seventh-place result in Sunday’s Race Two.
The Dubliner – who also secured two front-row starts for Sunday’s double-header – ended the weekend with an eighth-place finish in Race Three.
It saw Kennedy and Mar-Train Yamaha Racing claim an impressive haul of 26 points from the opening round.
I am really pleased with the three results. Our goal this weekend was to get some top 10s and that’s exactly what we did, We ran at the front of the pack and collected some valuable points, so we are delighted. It is something to build on. The bike felt good from Free Practice One. It did everything I wanted it to do. We fine-tuned a few things for the rest of the weekend. t felt amazing to be at the front and challenging those guys. We were overtaking them and challenging for second and third which gave me a really good feeling. To know I can do it in the first race of the season gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.” Kennedy admits there were a “few nerves” heading into Saturday’s opening Sprint Race, but a solid seventh-place finish dispelled any early doubts. Saturday’s opening race was nerve-racking, but I was excited as well. I didn’t know what to expect but things worked really well. We ran at the front end of the pack and started off with seventh place which was a good start. That gave me a lot of confidence for Sunday’s races, and for the rest of the season. To collect 26 points from the first round is great. It is exactly what I wanted, three strong finishes and get as many points as I could.
Next up for Kennedy and Mar-Train Yamaha Racing is a two-day test at Oulton Park from April 12-13, the same circuit that will host the second round of the BSB Championship at the end of the month.
Meanwhile Mar-Train Yamaha Racing Team Owner, Tim Martin, praised the performance of Kennedy on the super-competitive R1, and hopes it is a sign of things to come as the season unfolds.
Tim Martin – Team Owner
It really was a super weekend’s work by Jack and the whole team. Everyone deserves immense credit for the effort they put in. To secure three top-10 finishes and two front-row starts in our first British Superbike outing is a brilliant return and a great start to the season. t gives us a base to work from and now we look forward to the next round at Oulton Park over the May Day weekend.
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