Rivamoto Honda have had an encouraging start to the 9th round of the World Supersport championship at Silverstone today with Jack Kennedy securing 7th on the provisional grid.
Weather conditions today were mixed, as light rain coupled with bursts of sunshine made it extremely difficult to complete the necessary machine set-ups required. A number of riders are complaining of a lack of grip from the ultra technical Northamptonshire circuit, a view shared by both Rivamoto riders.
Jack Kennedy once again left it late in the session to move into the top 10, and was unlucky to lose out on a provisional second row start in the closing seconds of qualifying.
Edik Blokhin had one of the most promising starts to a World Supersport weekend, riding confidently in both sessions, and posting his personal best lap time of the Silverstone circuit in this afternoon’s session despite an earlier technical problem which cost him a lot of track time.
Jack Kennedy: ” We are still trying to find the right direction with the bike. We made some positive steps this afternoon but we are not quite there yet. I am struggling for grip but it was slightly better in the qualifying session compared to this morning. We are managing some good consistent laps, I just need a one off lap for the grid. Hopefully it will be dry tomorrow so we get another shot at it.”
Edik Blokhin: “It’s been a positive start for me. I really enjoy riding at Silverstone. In the first practice we made a very good lap time. Qualifying started ok but then we had some technical issues. The team did a great job to fix the bike and get me back out on track but we didn’t have a lot of time to make changes. I have a few problems with set up but we understand why and we can change things for tomorrow. I have made my fastest ever lap at Silverstone today, so I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”
Final qualifying is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 1605 local time.