Luke Verwey recovered from an opening race off track excursion (whilst holding third position) at Donington Park to secure his best British Junior Supersport result of the year so far, a fighting sixth at the end of fifteen hard fought laps aboard his XG Racing Kawasaki.
At the sharp end throughout Free Practice and qualifying, Luke, who took a brace of tenth place finishes at the season opener a few weeks ago, was unlucky to finish out of the points in a wet Race One following a near crash that saw him re-join the race with little time to make amends.
In Race Two he was in no mood to just ride around and make up the numbers, setting personal fastest laps consistently after settling into his rhythm around the 1.9 mile ‘National’ circuit. His best lap was practically identical to the race winner, underlining that Luke will very much be part of the podium battles for the remainder of the season.
Lying tenth overall in the standings after four of eighteen races, Luke hopes that the confidence gained and speed shown in today’s second race will continue when he returns to Donington Park in early July where for the second consecutive year he will race on the World stage after being accepted as a ‘wildcard’ for the UK round of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship.
“The first race I started sixth and was running third when I lost the rear at Coppice Corner. I almost high-sided but somehow saved it but ended up running through the gravel. Managed to get it stopped before the barrier but dropped to twentieth and only had enough time to pick off a couple of places before the flag. Should have been my first podium but that’s racing. Race two I had a decent enough start but then got lunged at through Craner Curves which compromised me on the opening last. I chipped away and felt really good; the conditions were much better than in race one. I made a mega move to take sixth on the last lap. I was about four bikes behind and just let the brakes off and did a block pass on him. Can’t wait for the next round but I really hope that they sort the issue with the rider weights as everyone can see the advantage that the smaller riders have over riders like me. I am really excited to be racing in World Supersport 300 again. It’s a real positive that I’ve been accepted again, and we will be doing everything we can to make sure that our bikes are spot on rules wise. Last year we ran our BSB rules and we really struggled and weren’t able to show our true potential but this year we can show the crowds and teams watching that on equal terms we can run strong. Big thanks to all my sponsors and supporters. See you all soon!”