Official news release for Crank Racing by Zoë Burn Motorsport Media Services
TWICKENHAM motorcycle racer Simon Low enjoyed a strong start to his ‘big bike’ career as he grabbed three top 10 finishes at Brands Hatch over the weekend.
The 28-year-old has made the big step up to 1000cc power this season after winning the 2014 NGRRC Mini-Twins Championship.
This season he has joined the brand new Crank Racing squad headed up by Mark Grimes of Kent, and is contesting the Thundersport GB Superstock 1000cc Championship, aboard a new Kawasaki ZX-10R machine.
And despite the massive difference in power, Low’s debut in the fiercely-contested class was a positive one. Knowing he is new to both the 1000cc machine and the series, Grimes has made it clear from the start it’s about learning the bike and making progress round by round.
The 2015 season got underway at the short and tricky Brands Hatch Indy circuit with qualifying on Saturday morning, and Low qualified 10th in class. His first race was on Saturday afternoon, and he overcame a slow start to hold his position and cross the line in tenth place.
Race Two was held on Sunday morning, and again Low made steady progress throughout the race, seeing off a charge from behind to take another 10th place at the chequered flag. Now getting used to his new machine, he was feeling much more confident as the final race of the weekend got underway later that afternoon, this time making up a few spots and taking eighth.
“I’m really, really pleased with that, it was all very new to me and I went there with no expectations or hopes other than to keep the bike upright and finish the races,” he said. “This season was always going to be a learning year for me, so I wanted to just get out on the bike and take it as I found it.
“The difference in the bike is incredible but I love it. It took a few laps to get used to what I was doing and what I was up against, but once I’d got myself in a solid rhythm it became really enjoyable and I was getting faster lap by lap.
“To see my lap times tumble each time out and to get better results each race was just what I wanted and needed. Now I just can’t wait for the rest of the season. I want to be taking what I’ve learnt here and move forward, and start moving up.
“Three top 10s in my first ever weekend on a 1000cc motorbike is something that I can be proud of and it’s a great way to start and build from as the season goes on.”
Team Principal Mark Grimes added: “It’s been a great start for Simon and everyone involved in Crank Racing. We’re not putting any pressure on him, and I think he can be very happy with three top 10s, especially that eighth in the final race. It just shows how quickly he has been able to adapt to the new bike and I think we’ll see even more improvements as we go. I’m really happy with the results, the team worked tirelessly all weekend and it all bodes well for a great year.”
*The next round of the championship will be held at Donington Park over the weekend April 11-12, 2015.