Van Leuven hit by machine issue

G&S Racing EMN-160310-095400002
G&S Racing EMN-160310-095400002

With no Superstock 1000 event at the Cathedral of Speed last weekend, the two G&S Racing Kawasaki riders Kevin Van Leuven and Tom Fisher opted to contest the Dutch Superbike race which was run as a support to the British Superbike championship round at Assen, in the Netherlands.

With Kevin being a Dutch rider it was only fitting to support the championship and, as in previous years, the team decided to take the two Kawasaki machines over to contest the series.

Qualifying went well for both riders, with Kevin taking advantage of his track knowledge to secure fourth place and a second row start, while Tom also went well to finish in seventh place for a start from row three.

As the race began Kevin settled into fourth place and remained in that position until lap 10 of 14 when it became clear all was not well.

He dropped back a place and on the penultimate lap was forced to withdraw because of a technical problem with the Kawasaki.

Meanwhile Tom was circulating in seventh place through the first half of the race before dropping back to eighth in the final stages.

But the grid was made up of both Supersport and Superbike classes, with each class scoring their own points. With one Supersport rider finishing just ahead of Tom, he was awarded seventh place in his class.

Kevin joined a few more Dutch riders to take a wildcard ride in the British Supersport championship round at Assen, securing 23rd in the Sprint race on Saturday and 29th in the Feature race in differing weather conditions on Sunday.

○ The final round of the Superstock 1000 championship is at Brands Hatch on October 16.