Luke Verwey dug deep to salvage a top twenty finishing position in today’s third British Junior Supersport race at the Knockhill circuit, recovering from a Race 1 spill and a difficult second fifteen lap encounter.
Inside the top ten in qualifying, Luke should have left the annual trip north of the border with a decent points haul but in the end his weekend turned into a ‘character building’ visit to Scotland ahead of his upcoming ‘wildcard’ race in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at Donington Park next in seven days’ time.
Weekend’s like this often define careers, and for the #76 XG Racing Kawasaki rider he will look back on the latest round of the Dickies British Junior Supersport Championship as the event that he showed resilience and perseverance, working well with the team. He will no doubt be back at the sharp end when the series resumes at Snetterton in mid-July.
“Qualifying was not bad; I was inside the top ten, but the track was just so busy with about forty-four riders trying to make the grid. The gap to the front wasn’t that far so I was confident and knew I needed to be aggressive. I was running around tenth for the whole of the first race, but I was struggling up the hills being a few kilos heavier, especially when my mid corners were being stuffed. I went down with a lap to go through no fault of my own which was disappointing to say the least. After the Race 1 crash the rest I was on the back foot for the rest of the weekend but that’s racing. The main thing is that I am ok, and it won’t affect next weekend’s World Supersport 300 wildcard. Really looking forward to being back in the WorldSBK paddock, showing everyone what I can do and hopefully giving the British fans something to cheer about!”