The 2015 National Superstock 1000 Championship got under way at Donington Park during the weekend and despite limited time on his Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike during the winter, Dunderhall Motorcycle Ace Mick Robertson arrived at the circuit determined to get the season started with a good result.
During the last few races of 2014 Mick suffered extreme pain in his arms when controlling his powerful machine and during the off -season he was diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, commonly known as ‘arm pump’, a condition common among motorcycle racers. The condition caused Mick to lose feeling in his hands and arms making it difficult to judge the throttle and front brake controls. Mick was hoping an operation on his right wrist and a cortisone injection in his left wrist would cure the problem but he would only know the result under racing conditions as testing during the winter was impossible. Before the start of the season it was not only Mick that needed attention, the bike was down on power at the last few rounds of 2014 which was later diagnosed as a fuel injection problem. New components were fitted and when tested the engine power increased from 172bhp to 190bhp.
In cool and cloudy conditions Mick improved his lap times in every practice and qualifying sessions to finish 10th quickest and would start from row four on the grid. He made a good start and was holding his position until at half race distance he started to lose feeling in his left wrist but with skill and determination he eventually crossed the line in a very impressive seventh place. Team manager Gary Clark of Palace Lettings said: “I think we showed our potential in 2014 and I am confident that we have the team, rider and bike capable of being a regular feature on the podium.”
This was a good start to the season and Mick and the team will make the long journey south for round 2 of the Championship at Brands Hatch on April 19.