BSB: Jack Kennedy and Mar-Train Yamaha Racing target rankings climb at Brands Hatch.

Published on July 20, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Jack Kennedy insists he is ready to start climbing the rankings in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

The Mar-Train Yamaha Racing rider lies 10th in the overall standings heading into this weekend’s sixth round at Brands Hatch.

While Kennedy is keeping a cautionary eye on 11th-placed Danny Kent, who enjoyed a profitable round at Snetterton last time out, he also is looking to close in on the rivals above him including Ryan Vickers, Christian Iddon and Lee Jackson.

Jack Kennedy

We are 10th in the standings, and to move up we need to be finishing as high as possible in every race. We have Vickers, Iddon and Jackson ahead of us in the standings, and we want to get ahead of them.
I don’t see those guys as unbeatable. I think we can definitely challenge those guys and try and finish ahead of them
So that’s a target for this weekend, and also keeping an eye on Danny Kent just behind us because he had a strong weekend at Snetterton.
I had a nice few days away in Spain with the family after Snetterton, and I’ve also been training away. And now I’m ready for Brands Hatch this weekend.
Snetterton was a really positive weekend with some good results. And it was our best weekend since Silverstone.
So, it was nice to be back on that sort of form, and that’s where we need to be. We want to continue that this weekend and see if we can do even better.
We went eighth, 10th and 12th at Snetterton. We don’t want to be outside the top 10.
We have scored in every race bar one race at Donington, so that has been a positive. I’d say that is what pleases me the most, being consistent and learning as much as we can.
We are getting a lot of laps in, and that’s the only way we learn as a rider and a team. That will be the goal this weekend.

Kennedy got a run out on the R1 Yamaha at Brands Hatch at the end of last season. While he expects vastly different conditions this weekend, he hopes he and the Mar-Train Yamaha Racing Team can “hit the ground” running.

Jack Kennedy

Brands Hatch is a track I really like. The GP track is amazing and I have had a lot of success there in the past, and so has the Yamaha R1.
We also rode there at the end of last year, which gives us a little bit of a head-start. The conditions will be a lot different, but we can hopefully hit the ground running.
I am really excited to getting back racing and seeing the Mar-Train Yamaha Racing Team.

Meanwhile, Mar-Train Yamaha Racing Team boss Tim Martin says he is excited to return to Brands Hatch, a track where the team has enjoyed plenty of success at in the past.

Tim Martin – Mar-Train Team Owner

This is our first time at Brands Hatch this year and it evokes many happy memories. We have enjoyed many wins over the seasons we did the British Supersports.
 We did the last round at Brands last year on the Superbike, but that was more of a learning curve and test. We aim to be more competitive this time.
 Hopefully the weather will be nice, and we have a Superpole this weekend which will keep us on our toes. Hopefully it is less dramatic than the last one when we had the engine-starting issues.

Featured Images: Olithephoto.


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