Jack Kennedy battles through a difficult round at Knockhill.
A ‘bruised and battered’ Jack Kennedy was able to glean some positives from a difficult weekend in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill.
The Mar-Train Yamaha Racing rider suffered a nasty crash during Sunday morning’s warm-up.
Kennedy sustained several injuries after clipping the kerb at the high-speed chicane, while his R1 bike required a significant rebuild ahead of the final two races.
Despite the injury ordeal, Kennedy managed two 13th-place finishes on Sunday, following on from Saturday’s 11th place in the sprint race.
I was already nursing sore ribs from my crash at the Knockhill test, but luckily enough this one didn’t really affect them. It was my lower back, neck and ankles that were all really bad after this crash. We started well in Free Practice 1 but didn’t improve in FP2 which saw us knocked down the order. We made a big change for FP3 which improved the bike, and we ended up qualifying 11th on the grid. In race one on Saturday we started 11th and finished 11th. We had a coming together with Tommy Bridewell which saw us lose three places and we had a big moment to lose another two places. But I managed to make some good passes and had good pace which was positive. It was frustrating to lose those early positions though and lose the front group. But the pace was there.
The Mar-Train team made another change to the R1 on Sunday which saw Kennedy sitting in P7 in Sunday’s warm-up session before he crashed at turn six.
The bike was working great, but I clipped the kerb over the blind chicane on the last lap which sent me into the air and rolling through the gravel before hitting the air fence. It was a very painful crash. It was very difficult getting through those two 30-laps races, with me feeling second-hand. So, to come away with three points finishes is a positive when you consider everything that happened. Finishing 13th obviously isn’t where we want to be, but we have to take the positives. I think we could have finished in the top 10 if we hadn’t had the morning crash. Massive thanks to the team for rebuilding the bike. I gave them a massive amount of work but it just shows how good they are at their jobs, getting the bike ready for the races. It is time to rest and recover now and hopefully I will be fitter and stronger at Snetterton in a few weeks’ time.
Mar-Train Yamaha Racing team owner Tim Martin added:
Tim Martin – Team Owner
It was an eventful weekend. We finished 11th in Saturday’s opening race and made good progress with the lap times. We tried a new set-up on Sunday morning which was working much better, but unfortunately Jack got it slightly wrong at one of the chicanes and took a big tumble. Thankfully he was okay in terms of no broken bones, but he was bruised and battered and very sore. The bike was also bruised and battered. The rebuild of the bike was an absolute testament to the whole team. I can’t thank them enough. They all worked extremely hard getting the bike back, repaired and through scrutineering and ready for the two races. Also, thanks to Chris from McAMS for assistance with parts and things we didn’t have. It was a real Yamaha effort. We got the bike out again and salvaged some more points in the two races. So all in all we got three points finishes. We ma be missed an opportunity to potentially finish in the top eight as there were a few riders who didn’t finish, but it wasn’t to be.
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