MOTORCYCLIST Luke Hedger had a mixed start to his campaign in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and felt he didn’t quite do his bike justice.
The Hereford-based rider kicked off his season at the picturesque MSV Donington Park race circuit this weekend and Hedger was aboard the CPD Kawasaki machine, writes Camilla Davina Temple-Court.
The free practice sessions saw Hedger climb from ninth position to seventh overall with a fastest lap of 1:08.489, but the set up was still not quite how he liked it in order to get that extra bit out of the bike.
Qualifying saw Hedger then drop way down to 15th position with a 1:08.359 with everyone shaving more time with each lap they took.
Race one saw great improvements with the bike working better and Hedger moving up to eighth place which he was pleased about but still frustrated as the whole team knew they had more to give.
Race two was just not meant to be, being red flagged twice with injuries on both occasions forcing the organisers to delay the race start until the end of the day.
Hedger finally took the chequered flag after a shortened 14 laps in 11th place.
Hedger said: “Well the weekend was great and good to be back but it was also a tough one for as I’m not quite getting the best out of the bike or set up. I’m not quite in a position where me and the team should not be!
“But we got some points and we will move on, just like to say a big thank you to my team for always working so hard!”
Team owner, Chris Cunnington added: “It’s great to be back, to be honest all be it is a little weird keeping to your own bubble and constantly wearing masks but the bike worked well and Luke kept on the pace.
“We still have work to do but I’m very confident we can get where we need to be.”
Hedger in action at Snetterton (Norfolk) for round two of the championship this weekend.
As you are not able to venture out to the track you can watch all the action on Eurosport, highlights on ITV4.