BSB: Mar-Train Racing and Jack Kennedy Take the Positives From Triple Point Scoring Race Weekend at Oulton Park.

Published on May 2, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Jack Kennedy finished all-three races inside the championship points at round three of the Bennetts British Superbikes.

Mar-Train Yamaha Racing’s Jack Kennedy gleaned plenty of positives from the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship after finishing in the points in all three races at Oulton Park.

A 12th place in Sunday’s Sprint Race was followed by ninth and 13th-place finishes on Monday to bolster Kennedy’s points tally in the series.

The Dubliner now sits eighth in the overall standings, and he admits the Bank Holiday weekend was another “learning curve” for the team.

Jack Kennedy

They were three really good races at Oulton Park. Each one was a learning curve after not getting a lot of dry track time before we went into the races.
Our lap times improved with every race, so I was happy with that.
We were on a bit of a trial-and-error basis throughout the whole weekend with the bike. We only got one dry Free Practice run to set up the bike for the weekend. So, all things considered we have to be pleased with the weekend’s work.
It was definitely tougher to stay with the leading pack at Oulton than it was at Silverstone. But the weather didn’t help that.
Overall, it was another successful weekend with three points-scoring finishes and more experience in the bank.
The team worked tirelessly so big thanks to Mar-Train Yamaha for all their hard work over the weekend.

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes a three-week break before returning at Donington Park over the weekend of May 19-21.

Jack Kennedy

I am going to take away the positives from this weekend and work harder if that’s possible. I want to bring the best version of me to the next round at Donington Park and go again.
The team will be prepping the bike back at the workshop, and I think Donington will suit the R1. I have been talking to McAMS about the set-up already and the Yamaha always does really well at the track.
So that gives me a lot of confidence heading into that round.

Kennedy has claimed points in all six races so far in the 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, in what has been an impressive start for the Mar-Train Yamaha Racing team.

Tim Martin – Mar-Train Racing Team Owner

It was another really successful weekend through very mixed conditions. Free Practice 1 worked really well for us on Saturday, and then FP2 was soaking wet and we only went out for the last couple of minutes.
The first real dry run we had was the first race where we finished 12th which got us a few more points in the bag. It was a good learning curve for Jack and the team.
We didn’t do the warm-ups on the Monday because of the damp track, so we tried the changes we made in Race 2 and got a top 10 finish.
And then Jack was able to put in his best time in the third race which shows the progress we made over the weekend.
We had a slight issue with Dean Harrison and Jack coming together in the final race, but it was a racing incident and both riders stayed upright. And Jack was able to bring the bike back in 13th place.
so that’s two rounds done, and six races competed. We have had six finishes and scored points in all the rounds so far to leave us eighth in the riders’ championship and fifth in the team championship.
hat’s pretty good considering we are a single bike team. We now have a fortnight off before Donington Park where we will have lots to learn.
We believe Donington will suit the Yamaha a lot better. It has had a lot of wins there over the years.
We will just look to improve again and try and get into the top 10 once again. Big thanks to Jack and the whole team, they did us proud once again.
Oulton is notoriously difficult on the rider, but Jack passed the test with flying colours, and he will only get stronger. Hopefully we can deliver the bike for him to keep producing the goods

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