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Bennetts British Superbike – Mallory Park Round 6

Hawk Riders feeling confident

Mallory Park, Leicestershire, is the scene for round six of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Hawk Kawasaki are looking forward to competing at the teams local circuit, riders Dean Thomas (33), Craig Coxhell (23) and Peter Hickman (19) are keen to get back on board their Dunlop-shod Kawasaki ZX10’s. After Mondello Park was cancelled a couple of weeks ago it has now been a month since the Superbikes have been out of track.

With Mondello Park being cancelled the decision has been taken by the Organisers MCRBC not to re-run the Superbike Race. Instead all the Superbike riders will be awarded double points for the two races at Brands Hatch at the end of the season.

After making progress at Mondello, Hawk are now keen to test the new modifications on the bike at Mallory at the weekend (3rd – 4th June). Not only have the bikes had a revamp but the tiny 1.4-mile circuit has also seen some changes since visiting there last season. The fast Gerard’s corner has been altered after a number of red flagged races last year the decision was taken to adjust the corner with a view to making it safer. Hawk managed to get to the British Superbike test day at Mallory and have had some time to learn the new chicane.

Australian Craig Coxhell is looking forward to the weekend commenting "It seems like a long time since we last raced. It was a complete wash out at Mondello and I’m hoping that the weather will be a bit fairer to us this weekend. I like Mallory but I’m not sure what will happen with the new chicane as it’s pretty technical and fairly narrow. I’m hoping that the practice we got there will benefit us, it’s very blind and I think everyone might be a little cautious on the first lap!"

Fellow Australian Dean Thomas scored a strong sixth and fourth position at last years round at Mallory Park and is keen to gain similar results this time round. "The Hawk bikes worked really well around Mallory last year and I hope that they will again this year. I’m looking forward to the weekend and getting things back on track. I hope the new chicane works well for everyone and that we get some decent weather. Ideally I would like to be on the front row after qualifying and get a good start, as I feel the first lap could be tight into the new chicane."

Youngster of the team Peter Hickman said "I had an average race at Mallory last year in the Superstock Championship. Hopefully I can improve on my qualifying position, as I’ve struggled to qualify well this year. I’m still learning every time I go out on the bike and feeling more confident, I’m still extremely determined to keep improving and looking at getting some top 15 positions."
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