CPD Kawasaki racing team compete in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Rutland-based racing team CPD Kawasaki kicked off their 2020 campaign at the picturesque MSV Donington Park race circuit at the weekend.
It was the first weekend back where rider Luke Hedger would be in full race mode after doing various test days with the team prior to the event.
The recent official test day at Donington saw Hedger and the bike perform well only to push it slightly over his limit in session three where he toppled off the bike and had to miss out on the final session.
It was vital that Hedger got as much track time as possible to iron out any underlying issues that were present and to reset everything needed.
The free practice sessions saw Hedger climb from ninth position to seventh overall with a fastest lap of 1:08.489.
However, 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 clocking where everyone else had shaved more time with each lap they took.
Race one saw great improvements with the bike working better and 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 where Hedger finally took the chequered flag after a shortened 14 laps in 11th place.
Hedger said: “The weekend was great and it was good to be back but it was also a tough one for us not quite getting the best out of the bike or set up and being in a position where myself and the team should not be.
“We got some points though and we will move on. I would just like to say a big thank you to my team for always working so hard.”
Team owner Chris Cunnington added: “It was great to be back, but to be honest it was 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.”
The team are back in action this weekend in round two of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton.