Superbikes: Mixed weekend for Hedger at Thruxton

Luke Hedger in action at Thruxton. Picture: Johny Wills Photography

Luke Hedger in action at Thruxton. Picture: Johny Wills Photography

First published in Sport Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor covering the Thornbury, Dursley and Yate areas

YATE rider Luke Hedger had another mixed weekend at Thruxton in the British Supersport Championship.

After overcoming mechanical problems in qualifying, the youngster claimed 11th and 12th placed finishes in the two races.

The practice day went really well as he improved his times lap by lap, finishing his first session in 11th place and the second session in 13th.

Qualifying had to be delayed for two hours due to very heavy rain and the whole circuit being waterlogged and all riders struggled when they returned to the circuit.

Up to this point Hedger and the team thought they had got on top of the electrical faults that had been plaguing the Gearlink Kawasaki machine but another fault was flagged up.

The team thought it was due to the exceptionally bad weather so changed loads of parts and, having finally got to the bottom of it all, Hedger qualified in 12th spot.

Race one went very well for Hedger. He was in a huge battle for ninth place for much of it but ended the race in 12th.

Due to his lap time he moved up to tenth for race two, which was almost a re-run of the first one.

He was battling again for ninth spot but on the last lap had a big moment coming out of the first corner.

Hedger managed to get control but lost a place and ended the race in 11th.

With these two solid results he has moved up the championship standings one more place and with his favourite circuit just days away he hopes to build from here.

It is a quick turnaround for round seven at Oulton Park, which is this weekend.

Hedger said: "It was another mixed week end for me and the team, and it's a shame we didn't get the results we were hoping for.

"Everyone worked so hard and I can't thank the team enough. I just hope our luck will turn for the better for my favourite circuit this weekend."

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