The ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki team took fifth place in today's MAXXIS British Supersport race at Croft, in North Yorkshire. The result matches the best so far this year for Stuart Easton, and with new parts coming in time for the next round at Cadwell Park, great things are expected from both bike and rider for the final three races of the season. In the Superbike class, Easton's team-mate Michael Rutter made some big improvements to the performance of his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in between today's two Bennetts British Superbike races. The changes saw the 34-year-old from Kirkby Mallory knock the best part of a second off his first race best lap time and take ten seconds from his overall race time. It's hoped that these improvements will continue at Cadwell Park in two weeks time.
Michael Rutter, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (13th and 8th)
"We were disappointed after the first race, but we made some changes and for the second race the times were much more encouraging, which gives us hope for the last three races of the season. For the second race we changed the throttle bodies, which helped give us a bit more bottom-end power, which I was looking for. With all the parts we've had for this race, it would be great to be able to go test them, but we obviously don't have unlimited funds or engine life, so that's the way it is! I'm hoping we've now turned a corner and can pick some good results up from Cadwell and build on that for the last two rounds."
Stuart Easton, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (5th)
"If only I could have got past Ian Hutchinson! It was a tough race as I had to be inch-perfect everywhere. I made a mistake and then it took three laps to get back up to where I was behind Ian. There were a few places where I was a little weak - into Tower and into the first corner - but all-in-all I had a pretty decent race. I know fifth isn't anything to be ecstatic about, but this gives us a basis to really push in the last three races of the season. Chassis-wise the bike now feels great, so we're hoping that the engine management system and other tweaks will give us the drive off the corners we need to get that podium."
Jack Valentine, Race Team Manager
"It's fair to say that we were pretty disappointed with our times in the first Superbike race. We had a talk about the problems Michael was having with the bike and made some adjustments, which obviously worked as we were closer to the leaders in race two. Overall, we were quite positive after that second outing. Of course, in an ideal world I'd love to be testing here tomorrow as back-to-back tests help so much when you've brought in so many new chassis and engine parts. In Supersport, Stuart rode a fantastic race, with a little more punch out of the corners we perhaps could have had more. He was held up a little withHutchinson, but overall we're very pleased. We need to introduce the new engine management system for Cadwell. That's what we need to make happen."
Nick Morgan, Team owner
"Michael and the bike showed a huge improvement in that second race. I think the fuelling and other little changes obviously helped our overall progression over the two races. I was very pleased with Stuart today. I think that this was Ratboy's best ride so far this year. Hutchy definitely held him up a bit and I'm adamant that Stuart would have been on the rostrum if he could have got past him early on, but that's how it goes."
Bennetts British Superbike Championship: Race One 1. Ryuichi Kiyonari 2. Jonathan Rea 3. Tom Sykes 4. Cal Crutchlow 5. Leon Haslam
13th: Michael Rutter, ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki
Bennetts British Superbike Championship: Race Two 1. Ryuichi Kiyonari 2. Jonathan Rea 3. Tom Sykes 4. Gregorio Lavilla 5. Leon Camier
8th: Michael Rutter, ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki
MAXXIS British Supersport Championship race
1. Ian Hutchinson 2. John McGuinness 3. Jamie Robinson 4. Michael Laverty 5. Stuart Easton, ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki