Solid Points At Knockhill For Wainwright

2012-06-24 23:52
The AP Kawasaki team endured a tough day's racing at Knockhill today at round seven of the Metzeler National Superstock 600cc and 1000cc Championship races but despite their problems, all three riders scored important finishes at the Scottish circuit.

It was a solid weekend for Josh Wainwright with the Thamesmead rider running strongly inside the top ten throughout the shortened Metzeler National Superstock 600cc race, which was halted initially after a crash had deposited oil on the circuit. The re-started 10-lap race also ended three laps early meaning he was duly rewarded with the eighth place which has maintained his 11th place overall in the championship total.

For team-mates Freddie Russo and Patrick Medcalf, it was a tough weekend in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc category. A podium finisher last time out at Snetterton, Medcalf was hoping for another leaderboard finish although learning a new circuit meant it was always going to be a tall order to repeat the rostrum result. The Australian circulated on the edge of the points throughout but just couldn't quite move into the top 15 and had to settle for 16th at the end of the 24 laps.

Russo also struggled and after placing 14th in qualifying, clutch problems in both Sunday's morning warm-up and race prevented him from making a major impression on the results. The Brentwood rider battled manfully but the technical issues meant he could only finish in 20th place.

Josh Wainwright: "I got a really poor start in the first race and dropped back a fair few places so the red flag did me a favour. In the re-start, I didn't make any mistakes and got off the line cleanly to move inside the top six and put myself in really good position. After that though, the race went a bit downhill as I was really struggling for grip and I just couldn't get any drive out of the hairpin. That meant I was losing a fair bit of time along the start and finish straight so eighth was the best I could salvage. It's a solid result but I know we can be a lot higher so, hopefully, we'll get back up front next time out."

Freddie Russo: "It's definitely been the most disappointing weekend of the season so far for me and from running consistently inside the top 12 at the early rounds, to only just scrape into the top 20 isn't what I was hoping for as I want to be moving forward not backwards. The clutch gave me problems in morning warm-up and it came back again in the race so to come all this way and not get any points is both disappointing and frustrating. All we can do is put it behind us and move on to the next round."

Patrick Medcalf: "It was always going to be a difficult race for me having only seen the circuit for the first time on Friday and with qualifying seeing both wet and dry conditions, we were unable to improve the bike as we would have liked. I ended up running a bike that wasn't quite set up right whilst I also made a bit of a mistake in the race, which made it very tough. It's the type of circuit where your qualifying position is really important so we'll just chalk it up as experience and move on to Oulton Park, a circuit I know, where I'll look to get back in the top ten again."

Alan Greig, Team Manager: "Knockhill hasn't been our best round, that's for sure, but all the boys brought the bikes home for a finish so it could have been worse. Josh had a disrupted race, which is never easy for a rider, but it was good to see him running up the front again so it was a shame his result was compromised by a tyre issue. He just ran out of grip so it was perhaps fortunate for us that it didn't go beyond the seven laps but he got some solid points and with the next round at Oulton Park being one of his favourite circuits, we're all confident he'll be right back at the front.

"Both Freddie and Patrick qualified reasonably well but they didn't get the opportunity to improve due to the changing weather conditions. Both of them got a finish but, unfortunately, they were just outside the points and after all the points they've scored so far this year, it's disappointing for them and the team. We'll all dig deep, work that bit harder and come out fighting at the next round to hopefully pick up the results all three riders are capable of."

Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship (24 laps)
1 Keith Farmer (Kawasaki)
2 Jimmy Storrar (BMW)
3 Victor Cox (Kawasaki)
4 David Johnson (BMW)
5 Steve Brogan (BMW)
6 John McGuinness (Honda)
16 Patrick Medcalf (AP Kawasaki)
20 Freddie Russo (AP Kawasaki)

Championship standings (after seven rounds)
1 Farmer 95 pts
2 O'Halloran 92
3 Storrar 91
4 Buchan 85
5 Brogan 80
6 Cox 69
12 Medcalf 32
14 Russo 25

Metzeler National Superstock 600cc Championship (6 laps)
1 Ben Burke (Yamaha)
2 Michael Robertson (Yamaha)
3 Johnny Blackshaw (Triumph)
4 James Rose (Yamaha)
5 Matthew Paolo (Yamaha)
6 Tom Fisher (Kawasaki)
8 Josh Wainwright (AP Kawasaki)

Championship standings (after seven rounds)
1 Burke 116pts
2 Rose 104
3 Whitaker 72
= Dixon 72
5 Jackson 69
6 Fisher 58
11 Wainwright 38

Source: Cartersport Motorsport Media

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