01 - 03 MAY |

RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki team aim high for Brands Hatch

The RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki team are aiming to end their 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship campaign on a high this weekend at Brands Hatch, following their strongest weekend of the season last time out at Donington Park.

At Donington Park, Ryan Vickers secured his best ever Bennetts BSB finish in the opening race, making a rapid start to move up to sixth which became fifth two laps later. He then moved up to fourth at half race distance and although Tarran Mackenzie pushed him back to fifth in the closing stages, he held on for his best ever result.

Meanwhile Jack Kennedy made it two top ten finishes for the team in the opening race, utilising the intermediate tyre option to carve through the field in the second half of the race, eventually taking seventh place.

Kennedy’s pace secured him and the team their first pole position of the season and after initially leading the race, he took the chequered flag in eighth place.

Vickers said: “I felt pretty comfortable and going into race one it was a bit of a tricky decision on what tyres to choose because it was mixed conditions and the track was going to dry by the end of the race. But we decided to go on the wet tyres and I had a good start and I was aggressive on the first few laps and made up good positions.

“I was fourth for quite a lot of the race but Tarran Mackenzie got me on the last few laps. He went to the harder compound wet tyre, which just gave him that little bit extra at the end of the race but we were extremely happy. The team worked amazing and had given me a great bike for the conditions and it was nice to finally get a decent result which had been quite a long time coming, but we’re finally showing that we can run at the front.

“The team have worked really hard and put the bike in a place where it hadn’t been before and it worked really well. It’s a shame we didn’t get any more dry laps in, but in general  the bike felt like it was handling a lot better. The limited dry laps that I did get in the races the bike felt great so we are really, really happy and excited for Brands Hatch.”

Kennedy said: “I didn’t have a great day on Friday at Donington Park and wasn’t in the best of spirits so I took a bit of a gamble with the intermediate tyre for race one and it paid off as I moved up 11 places to take seventh. I really enjoyed myself and my pace saw me on pole position for the second race, which was a very nice feeling!

“I got away clean and felt good sitting with the front pack but because the operation on my arms was only a few days before, arm fatigue set in a bit and I dropped back although eighth was still a good result. I really wanted three top tens but with the hotter pace in race three meant I wasn’t able to manage that, which was a shame, but overall it was a good weekend so, hopefully, I can make further progress at Brands Hatch.”

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