Donington Park, round 1 of 12 of this years British Superbike Championship. The event will be held on the 31st/1st/2nd of April.
LENGTH 2.4873M 4.0029KM
POLE POSITION LEFT
1) DONINGTON PARK GP 31-02 APRIL
2) BRANDS HATCH INDY 15-17 APRIL
3) OULTON PARK 29-01 MAY
4) KNOCKHILL 16-18 JUNE
5) SNETTERTON 300 30-02 JULY
6) BRANDS HATCH GP 21-23 JULY
7) THRUXTON 04-06 AUGUST
8) CADWELL PARK 18-20 AUGUST
9) SILVERSTONE GP 8-10 SEPTEMBER
10) OULTON PARK 15-17 SEPTEMBER
11) TT CIRCUIT ASSEN 29-01 OCTOBER
12) BRANDS HATCH GP 13-15 OCTOBER
Great night at the MCUI awards night at the La Mon Hotel Belfast where I collected my 1st and 2nd place medals for the Ulster and Irish Championships.
Can't thank everyone enough for their great support over the year.
Richard Kerr wrapped up the Moto3 Championship after a record breaking performance at the Sunflower Trophy Races, held at Bishopscourt in County Down.
In front of a bumper home crowd the 16-year-old schoolboy put on a dominant display in the Moto3/125 class and won the first race by almost 15 seconds and the second race by 13 seconds. Richard also set the new lap record on his way to clinching the Championship.
It was a a great end to year for the North West Racing team and now all have a much earned break after a tough season learning the KTM set up, a real high to end the season after a few podiums in the Motostar class at BSB for good measure.
Richard had a mixed bag of results at round 10 of the British Superbike Championships at Donington Park at the weekend.
The 16-year-old Kilmacrennan student qualified in 5th position and followed that up with a tremendous third place in race 1, several seconds behind the leaders. This was Kerr’s second podium of the season on the North West Racing KTM machine and every race is still a learning curve for Richard as he still hasn’t found the set-up he wants.
Race 2 on Sunday and Kerr got another great start and was in fourth position after the first three laps but was lapping slower than Saturday’s times as the bike had some front end handling issues. Dutch rider Jorel Borebome caught Kerr on lap 7 and the two battled for a couple of laps but Kerr came off the KTM, exiting the foggy esses, unhurt but showed how dissapointed he was when he got back on his feet.
Not the end to the weekend the team where hoping for but they can now turn their attention to the next round in Holland in two weeks’ time where Kerr again will be giving it 100 per cent to try to get the new machine where he wants it.
Following some great results at the previous round, Richard was hoping to reproduce the form that saw him battle at the top of the Motostar class.
After qualifying, Richard was 8th just 2 seconds off pole and on the third row of the grid for race 1.
Some changes where made to the Northwest Racing KTM for race one and unfortunately Richard crashed out on lap two with front end handling issues.
Richard had to start race two in 14th position on row five and after a great start found himself in 10th position.
As the race progressed Richard came through the field and was in a fantastic 6th position going onto the last two laps and posted the 6th quickest lap of the race and had another two riders firmly in his sight when the KTM stopped on the penultimate lap, a very unfortunate end to a fantastic race for Richard and denied another top 6 finish.
Lady luck can only change for the Richard at the next round in two weeks time at Oulton Park.
Richard showed again that he has the pace to run with the front runners at round 7 of the British Superbike Championships at Brands Hatch at the weekend.
Richard was right in the mix for the podium in Saturday’s Motostar race until he had a big crash on the last lap of the ten-lap race, though thankfully Richard escaped relatively unscathed apart for some gravel rash.
After a busy night rebuilding the machine it was unto the grid for race two on Sunday.
Straight from the flag Richard showed no ill effects from his big crash and into second place at turn one.
After a few laps he was involved in a fantastic scrap for 4th position with the ex-champion Ed Rendall and Spanish rider Dani Siaz.
The trio passed each other lap after lap with some hard clean moves but it was Richard that led the fight at the chequered flag.
Good end to the weekend at Brands Hatch. Free practice I was 5th. Felt good in qualifying one I was 6th and qualifying two I had break issues and I was only 9th.
Race one I got a great start and had a good battle for 3rd but on the last lap I crashed out of 4th. I was lucky to walk away from the crash unhurt but it was looking like I wouldn't get out again due to the conditions of the bike but after a lot of hours spent fixing the bike we were ready to go for race two.
Started fifth on the grid for race two, got a good start and had a tough battle to finish in 4th place. So happy with the result after what happened in race one.
Can't thank my Dad and everyone enough that helped to get the bike sorted and thanks everyone that helped over the weekend and all my sponsors.
Good weekend at Round 6 Thruxton. Free practice I felt good and I finished 9th. Qualifying one I was 7th but struggled with the bike set up. Qualifying two I struggled even more with the bike set up and I wasn't able to go quicker than Q1 and I finished up 17th and I was 15th on the grid for race one.
Race one I got a great start and got up to eighth but had a lot of big moments throughout the race and I finished 10th. Spent a lot of hours after the race trying to get a better set up and for Sunday morning warm up I was more comfortable with the bike and I was 12th.
Race two I got another great start and hat a good battle to finish in 5th place so happy to end the weekend on a high.
Thanks to the team and everyone that had supported me and all my sponsors North West Racing, Lennon Logistics, Amanda Sheridan, Donegal Gearbox Rebuild Services, Laverty Mobile Catering, Huey Brakes, Lisagault Lodge Bed And Breakfast, Campsie Karting Centre, Motoworld, Micad Security, Spy Nightclub, DS Environmental Services, Flemming, KER Group, Dunlop Tyres, Highland Motors, 151's, K&F Superwools, Kelly's Centra and My Supporters Club.
Great weekend at Snetterton. Free practice I had a crash but the bike and I were OK. Qualifying one I was 5th in the dry and qualifying two it was wet and I was 5th. Race one I got a great start and a great battle for the podium and finished 3rd, and I got the quickest lap of the race which put me on pole position for race two. Warm up I had a small crash but me and the bike were ok. Was a bit nervous starting at the front but I got a good start and sat around 4th position until another rider hit the back of me and I dropped back to tenth but made my up to finish in 8th. Thanks to my dad and the whole team and all my sponsors, North West Racing, Lennon Logistics, Amanda Sheridan, Donegal Gearbox Rebuild Services, Laverty Mobile Catering, Huey Brakes, Lisagault Lodge Bed And Breakfast, Campsie Karting Centre, Motoworld, Micad Security, Spy Nightclub, DS Environmental Services, Flemming, KER Group, Dunlop Tyres, Highland Motors, K&F Superwools, Kelly's Centra and My Supporters Club.
Knockhill just wasn't my weekend. Was aiming for some good results this weekend but things just didn't go to plan for me. Free practice I was 6th, qualifying one I was 8th and qualifying two I was 7th. Sunday morning warm up I was 2nd. Race one another rider jumped the start and I ended up jumping the start as well. I was in a battle for third but I went into the hairpin a bit tighter than normal to defend my line and I tucked the front end. Race two I was up with the leaders in 3rd and my visor steamed up through out the race making my visibility very poor, opened my visor down the straight hoping it would clear my visor but was useless and I went into turn one and missed my breaking point and I tucked the front crashing out of 5th. My results don't show much but I know my pace is getting better. I'd like to thank my Dad, the team and all my sponsors.
Up and down weekend at Brands Hatch. Qualified 12th for race one and I finished 10th though I struggled with rear end grip. Race two I started from the middle of row four in 11th, got a great start putting me up to 6th and I made my way up to 3rd on the first lap and then the safety car came out. When the safety car pulled off the track we were then racing again but unfortunately another rider hit me from behind at turn 2 Druids causing himself and I to crash out. A bit disappointed but I will take the positives out of it and look forward to Knockhill. Can't thank my dad enough for the time and effort he has put into me so far this year, thanks to the whole team for their hard work, everyone that helped and supported me over the weekend and all my sponsors.
Up and down weekend at Oulton Park. Struggled with the set up a bit at the start of the weekend but improved it a lot and qualified 7th though I new I had more room for improvement. Race did not go to well for me, had a gearbox problem which meant I had to retire on the first lap, a bit disappointed but I will keep my head up and focus on Brands Hatch. Big thanks again to all the team for their hard work and thanks to all sponsors Lennon Logistics, Amanda Sheridan, Huey Brakes, K&F Superwools, Donegal Gearbox Repairs, Lisnagalt Lodge Bed And Breakfast, Ferguson Fuels, Laverty Mobile Catering, Campsie Karting Centre, Motoworld, Micad Security, Spy Nightclub, DS Environmental, KER Group, Dunlop Tyres, Highland Motors, Flemming, Kelly's Centra and my Supporters Club.
Had a good weekend at Round 1 at Silverstone. Free practice I was 3rd and I also had a slide off but me and the bike were OK, qualifying one I struggled with the set up of the bike and I qualified 17th. Qualifying two was wet and I finished 4th but I was still 17th on the grid. Race one I didn't get starting due to an electrical problem. Warm up I was 11th and for race two I had to start in 46th position because I did not get a lap time in race one to qualify on the grid. Managed to make up 36 places on the first lap and I finished 7th overall and 5th in my class. Thanks to all my sponsors and the whole team for working hard all weekend. Roll on Oulton Park.