It was a weekend to forget for Wyberton’s G&S Racing Kawasaki at Cadwell Park - when the two National Superstock 1000 riders Tom Fisher and Dominic Usher were forced to retire with machine problems.
But the saving grace came from Dutch rider Kevin Van Leuven, who tackled the Cadwell mountain for the first time in difficult conditions to complete his race in 24th place.
“I was really looking forward to the Cadwell Park experience having seen the circuit as a spectator last year,” said Van Leuven.
“But once I got out there on the track it felt like I was racing on a pavement as it was so narrow in places.
“I didn’t realise just how difficult a task it was to get to grips with the circuit.
“I was a bit unsure on the Mountain but I mastered it eventually.
“Of course, once we got into the race the track was wet and slippery which didn’t help my cause but I managed to finish the race and have learned a lot which will help me next time.”
Van Leuven was once again put into the position of learning his way around a new circuit.
But by the time he completed the final session he was feeling a little more comfortable and began his race from the 10th row.
The conditions were not ideal as it was declared a wet race, but he managed to work his way up to complete the 11 laps in 24th place.
Usher was running well within the top 10 during free practice and first qualifying, but suffered a crash in the final session which dropped him down to ninth place for a third-row start to his race on Monday morning.
But as soon as the race began it became apparent that there was an issue with the bike and after just five laps he was forced to retire.
Fisher (pictured) qualified for a ninth row start and was beginning to make progress through the field, but a rider ahead crashed and scattered gravel and stones across the track.
Another rider’s wheel threw the stones up into Tom’s face and arm, smashing his visor and causing his arm to go dead.
His visibility was impaired by the cracked visor and he had no option but to retire from the race.
The next round is at the weekend (August 31) when the team travel to Silverstone to race at the British GP.