Superbikes: Hedger happy to get back on his bike

Luke Hedger in action. Picture by Johny Wills

Luke Hedger in action. Picture by Johny Wills

First published in Yate and Sodbury Sport

YATE rider Luke Hedger enjoyed a solid weekend on his comeback from injury at Brands Hatch.

After breaking his left arm at a test day seven weeks ago it was going to be a big ask for Hedger as he has missed out on so much track time and two rounds of the British Supersport Championship, but he finished tenth in both races.

His qualifying went very well and he managed to qualify in eighth position.

In race one, Hedger got a good start off the line but did get slightly boxed in the first two corners.

He brought his Gearlink Kawasaki home in tenth place after a long battle with a fellow rider, which this was a very good result.

Race two on Sunday was looking very troublesome with a looming storm hanging overhead, but thankfully it held off for the race.

Starting from 11th position, Hedger held his place off the line and managed to stay at the back of the leading pack for the whole race but just didn't have enough to pass any of them.

His bike did have a slight electrical problem which did make him drop back a bit from the leading pack but he held tenth place for the whole race.

This was a very good confident ride for Hedger and with just two weeks to go before his closest round at Thruxton, he has given himself a base to build on and is hoping to get up the sharp end.

He had a lot of help last weekend from his physio Nicola Seeley.

Hedger said: "I had a brilliant weekend and it was so nice to be back on my bike.

"I have missed it so much, it was really good to finish every session and constantly build my strength back up.

"My times consistently improved and in fact I was a full second faster in from my first race to my second race.

"The team worked hard to give me a perfect setting for race two, it was just a shame about the small electrical fault.

"This year would not be possible with out my sponsors, especially 1st Choice Flooring, who I would like to thank so much, and also Nicola Seeley.

"She gives up her weekends to help me with all my physio and I really needed her last weekend with my healing arm."

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