Danderhall rider Robertson foiled by loose stone

Danderhall rider  Michael Robertson in action at Cadwell Park
Danderhall rider Michael Robertson in action at Cadwell Park

Motorcycle ace Mick Robertson from Danderhall was in action at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire for round nine of the National Championship at the weekend.

Cadwell Park’s twisty and undulating nature, winding through open park and woodland, has marked it out as one of the best circuits in the country but what makes this circuit stand out from the rest is the spectacular mountain section.

It starts with a sharp left -hand corner followed by a sharp right-hand corner before a 30-degree incline which launches the bikes up and over the crest of the “mountain”.

The larger capacity race bikes will jump over one metre in height and is a real test for both riders and machines. Mick was forced to retire in the last round of the championship at Thruxton when his Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike suffered a technical fault and lost all power.

Immediately after the race his bike was stripped and a broken head gasket had allowed water to leak into the cylinder.

The team made the necessary repairs but unfortunately Mick had not had time to test the bike before arriving at Cadwell Park.

His bike was still down on power but he still managed to qualify in ninth place and a start from row three on the grid. A fantastic performance, being just 0.8 of a second off the pole time.

Mick made a good start, moving up a place at the end of the first lap and he was settling into his rhythm until on lap three a rider fell heavily causing the red flags to halt the race. As Mick returned to the pits, his bike started to spray water from the radiator and began to overheat.

Unfortunately he was unable to join the restart and his weekend had to come to a disappointing and premature end.

“A stone had punctured the radiator but it could have been worse if this had happened during the race because it would almost certainly have resulted in a crash,” said Mick.

The next round of the Championship is at Oulton Park in two weeks.

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