BSB: Donington Park Delivers ‘Eventful’ Weekend with Plenty of Positives for Mar-Train Racing’s Jack Kennedy.

Published on May 22, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Another Point Scoring Round for Jack Kennedy in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

Mar-Train Yamaha Racing’s Jack Kennedy emerged from an “eventful” weekend at Donington Park with more points in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

Despite a starting problem with his R1 Yamaha and a couple of offs on Saturday, Kennedy recovered to record 10th and 12th-place finishes in Sunday’s races.

He also set his fastest ever lap around Donington, giving Mar-Train Yamaha Racing plenty of positives following a tough weekend.

Jack Kennedy

Eventful is probably the best way to describe the weekend,
We had a trip to the gravel in Free Practice and got the bike fixed, and then I ended up in the gravel again in turn one. The lads got the bike fixed again and we went out again but never made it into Superpole as we weren’t in the top 12.We had another chance to get into Superpole in Qualifying but then the bike wouldn’t start. The starting motor went before the start of the session, but we managed to get out with four minutes to go on tyres which had lost temperature.
I managed to go P2 to get us into Superpole after a really good lap which I was quite proud of. It was the fastest we went all week.
That got us seventh on the grid, but unfortunately I had a small off on the opening lap of Race 1.

Kennedy has secured points in eight of the opening nine races in this year’s Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

It leaves him sitting eighth in the standings after three rounds, a positive return for Mar-Train Yamaha Racing.

Jack Kennedy

When you see how crazy the championship is, and how many crashes there have been, it is brilliant that we have scored points in every race bar one,
It is encouraging to be sitting where we are after the first three rounds. Hopefully we can move up again which is our main goal.

Mar-Train Yamaha Racing team boss Tim Martin praised Kennedy for securing more points from what he called a “tough weekend”.

Tim Martin – Team Owner

Despite everything that happened in practice, with the starter issues and offs, Jack produced a great lap in Superpole to put us in P7 which was a good showing.
Unfortunately, we had a low-side slip off the bike on the opening lap of Race 1. It was nothing serious and we dusted ourselves down and went again on Sunday.
We started in P13 for Sunday’s racing which is on row five, and it is very difficult to do anything from there. But we managed to salvage 10th and 12th place finishes in the two races. We also went quicker every time Jack went out on the bike.
We now have a bit of a break, but we will be doing the Knockhill test at the end of May and then race there in the middle of June again.
So, all in all we managed to salvage something out of a tough, tough weekend. But thanks to Jack and the team, and also big shout-out to Broshuis Trailers who were with us this weekend. And some of our guests from Strickland Tracks who are one of our clients.
Now we have a break while the Isle of Man TT is on, and I just want to say a big shout-out to Lee Johnston who missed this weekend due to his injuries at the North West 200.
I wish him a speedy and full recovery and hopefully we can see him back soon. Also, Michael Sweeney who also came off at the North West 200, again a big shout-out to him.
Hopefully everyone has a safe and fast Isle of Man TT and we will see the riders back at Knockhill

Featured Images: Olithephoto.


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