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Kirkham keen to show Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki's potential at Brands Hatch

Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki heads south this weekend for the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, where Jon Kirkham will be looking to return the team to the points in his second outing with the Bolton-based outfit.

Now feeling settled with the team after his debut at Knockhill, Kirkham is keen to see marked improvements in Kent to show both his and the team’s potential. A difficult weekend at over the border saw the Derbyshire rider finish 17th in both superbike outings.

Kirkham’s Kawasaki ZX10-R will receive several upgrades for the Brands Hatch round, including a brand new swinging-arm, in order to provide the best package possible for the rider.

The weekend’s racing activities will take place on Brands Hatch’s 2.433 mile Grand Prix circuit for the first time this season, a layout many riders prefer to the shorter, 1.19 mile Indy configuration used for the opening round back in April.

Jon Kirkham: “I’m looking forward to getting to Brands Hatch, the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki ZX10-R is awesome and I can’t wait to use its full potential. Knockhill was difficult, it’s a scratchy little circuit and it’s tough at the best of times let alone on a bike you’ve never ridden before. Brands is one of my favourite circuits, it’s a lot more fast and flowing. We’ve got potential and on a circuit I’m more comfortable with, I think things will go really well.”

Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “Jon has gone quick around Brands Hatch in the past and was more than happy with the bike at Knockhill so we’re looking to step things up at Brands. The main thing is that he’s ridden the bike now, so he knows what to expect when he gets on it. He was a bit rusty last time out and it is tricky to get a good set-up there so it will be nice to get to Brands, which is a faster circuit where a good rider riding a good bike should be able to get on the pace. We’re looking back on Knockhill as if it was a test and now it’s time to get on with the serious stuff and look to getting into the points."