BSB: Mar-Train Yamaha Racing’s Jack Kennedy Aims to Overcome Injury Setback at Knockhill.

Published on June 15, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Jack Kennedy is ready for racing action after a crash during testing at Knockhill.

Mar-Train Yamaha Racing’s Jack Kennedy is hoping to overcome some bruised ribs sustained in a recent test at Knockhill when he returns to the Scottish circuit for this weekend’s Bennetts British Superbike round.

Kennedy managed to complete last month’s session despite suffering a high-side at the Hairpin section.

He has had a couple of weeks to recover from the blow, and admits it was good to recharge the batteries ahead of round four of the BSB Championship.

Jack Kennedy

The break was good. I probably needed it this time.

After the crash at Knockhill I hurt my ribs quite bad, and it has taken forever to recover. I actually thought they were broken, but it turns out to be muscle and soft tissue damage.
I have been in agony with them. I tried to take a couple of days off after the test before returning to training, but my body was saying no so I had to give it another five days’ break before getting back to it.
am still struggling with it, and I don’t know what they will be like during the race weekend. Hopefully I can manage, but I think changing direction will be the hardest thing.
If we can keep the pain at bay with some painkillers and adrenalin then hopefully, we should be okay.

Kennedy and Mar-Train Yamaha Racing have enjoyed a bright start to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, securing points finishes in eight of the nine races so far. They will be hoping to build more momentum as they roll into Knockhill this weekend.

Jack Kennedy

Consistency has been key. We have been in the points in every race bar one which is impressive.
We want to be in that top 10 in every race. Tenth or better is the goal.
If we can get another three top 10s this weekend then that would be very good. We had a very good test at Knockhill barring the crash. I think the races will be quite difficult. Thirty laps around Knockhill, you will be dizzy by the end of it.
But we want to keep the momentum going by scoring points in every race.
We want to hit the ground running after having the test there. We know the settings for the bike and I have a good feel for it.
We got plenty of laps around the circuit, and the forecast looks very warm. That’s actually a negative around Knockhill as it is usually greasy in the high temperatures.
So, we have to be well aware of that. Even during the test, a lot of riders crashed because of the hot, greasy track. We will have to suss out the conditions when we are there. But I am really looking forward to getting back and seeing the team and getting back out on the R1.

Meanwhile, Mar-Train Yamaha Racing Team Owner Tim Martin says the recent test session was encouraging despite the crash.

Tim Martin – Team Owner

The boys are ready and looking forward to Knockhill. We did a test there two weeks ago and we had a good run around it.
We are looking to build on what we’ve been doing. Getting into the top 10 is our aim and anything more is a bonus.
Jack’s lap times were good during the test and he’s confident of three positive races this weekend.
We have a large number of guests coming this weekend which is always good. We have Willoughby Bespoke Protection coming to enjoy the racing with some of their friends and colleagues. So, we will welcome them all to Knockhill.
The sun is going to be out this weekend, which is different for the venue. Hopefully it stays that way, and we have a dry weekend.
We are all set to go and we can’t wait for Friday’s Free Practice One

Featured Images: Olithephoto, Mar-Train Racing.


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