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CPD Kawasaski team are in action at Oulton Park in their Bennetts British Superbikes campaign

Team owner Chris Cunnington is targeting a positive finish to the Bennetts British Superbikes campaign.

The Rutland-based CPD Kawasaski team were plagued by technical problems in their latest round of action at Silverstone.

They are hoping for better fortunes in the next stage at Oulton Park this weekend in what is their second season together under the leadership of the Lyddington businessman who owns Cunnington Property Developments.

Luke Hedger is seeking to bounce back after his problems at Silverstone. Photo: Camipix
Luke Hedger is seeking to bounce back after his problems at Silverstone. Photo: Camipix

They had been moving from strength-to-strength so the technical problems at Silverstone in an already hindered year due to Covid-19 was not going to dampen Cunnington’s outlook on the overall picture.

He has not written off the year by far but the halfway stage in any season is when team owners start to look at plans for next year.

Cunnington put the team together largely self funded which is an enormous task within itself with rider Luke Hedger relying on other sponsors for clothing and safety protection.

The team remains strong and determined that they can iron out the small issues and can get Hedger back up into the top seven where he is most used to being.

Cunnington commented: “It’s annoying that we did not get the result that we wanted at Silverstone, but I have the utmost faith in my team and know that we can progress to Oulton Park in a positive manner.

“Luke Hedger is an incredible rider and has really taken everything in his stride. I am certain that we can move on to Oulton Park and get some solid results.

“I would like to thank everyone for all of the support that sponsors have given and Luke’s personal backers throughout this testing year.”

The next round of the Bennetts British Superbikes will be held at Oulton Park this weekend.

Hedger had secured 12th place in the opening race at Silverstone despite a number of issues with the bike ahead of the first outing.

However, despite a good start to the second race, the issues then reoccurred forcing Hedger to withdraw with three laps remaining.

The team have endured some bad luck in a Covid-affected campaign and their technical problems in practice at Silverstone resulted in 17th and 15th place finishes.

Not only was this unknown territory being this far back on the timing sheet, the team were also struggling to find out the exact cause of problem that seemed to be lingering around.

Qualifying saw Hedger move further back down the grid to 19th but, to put it in perspective, he was still only 1.1 seconds off the leading time.

With the Superstock 1000 class being so competitive there really is no room for mechanical or any other type of failure.

The team were determined to move further up the pecking order to where they know they can be, but Hedger was to start the first of two races of the weekend on row six of the packed grid.

He stormed off the line in the first race and ruthlessly made as many overtakes as he could throughout the 23 laps and managed to bring the CPD Kawasaki across the line in 12th place.

The team were ecstatic as their hard work had finally paid off and they felt to be heading in the right direction.

However, having started the second race again in 19th place based on times, a bright beginning faded with Hedger’s issues with the bike forcing him to pull in on lap 21.

Hedger said: “It wasn’t the weekend me and the team had hoped for with a few bike issues which are now sorted.

“I feel very confident though and ready for the next round at Oulton Park.

“I absolutely love this track and I am very keen to get back on the bike and put all the bad results behind me and hit the reset button.”

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