Danderhall motorcycle ace Mick Robertson faced a tough challenge even before arriving at Knockhill circuit for round five the National Superstock 1000 Championship after his new Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike suffered a broken crank shaft at the previous round of the Championship. Proving difficult to get hold of spares it was looking unlikely that Mick would be able to compete at his local circuit but a call from Fast Van Hire Kawasaki Racing just a few days before the meeting saved the day with an offer to ride their bike.
The first time Mick rode the bike was in practice of day one and despite also being a Kawasaki, it was fitted with different brakes and suspension and felt poles apart from his own bike.
At only 1.2 miles long, Knockhill is the shortest circuit on the Championship calendar and close racing is always guaranteed and with each lap taking less then a minute to complete the fitness and in particular upper body strength of a Rider is tested to the limit. Mick used the first qualifying session to establish a base set up and returned to the pits every few laps for the technicians to make fine adjustments until Mick was happy to push harder and he finished eighth quickest. Changes to suspension and gearing and Mick improved his lap times during final qualifying and ended the session in fifth position and will start from row two on the grid.
Mick made a lightening start and was running with the leaders until he crashed out on lap eight whilst in fourth place.
“I was struggling with rear grip from the start and when the rear slid out I was launched out of the saddle and into the gravel,” said Mick.
“I was disappointed after being on the pace all weekend and was also the quickest Kawasaki but I would like to say a massive thanks to Tony Morris at Fast Van Hire Kawasaki Racing for sorting me out this weekend, but I’m gutted I couldn’t bring her home with a result.”
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