SOLID START TO THE 2017 FOR THE OUTLAW
Mason Law made an impressive start to his debut season in British championship’s National 1000cc Superstock class with GR Motorsport’s WD40/Stauff Connect Academy team, posting three top ten finishes aboard their ZX-10RR Kawasaki.
A best result of sixth place in Saturday’s second race, just behind last year’s championship runner up Ian Hutchinson was the pick of the Benfleet lad’s results, but eighth in race one and tenth in Sunday’s race, after overcoming some brake and traction problems – is a respectable start for the youngster.
Overviewing his weekend, Mason said: “This was the first weekend back at school and I’m very happy with our progress at Donington Park. I gained over two seconds on our free practice one time after making a lot of set-up changes with my crew: Geoff Crust, Danny, Ash and Mark.
“I must say I’m very happy how things are going with my new team and Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR has been great fun to ride all weekend. It was a new experience for me this weekend and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The Stock 1000 class is very physical, but the class to be in and I learned a lot.
“Saturday’s race in the drizzly conditions on dry tyres was very tricky, then it dried out towards the end. So not ideal conditions for my first race on a Stock 1000, but we kept it upright and secured some points; then in race two I finished sixth with the sixth fastest time, so that made me pretty happy.
“On Sunday I didn’t quite get the result we wanted. Unfortunately we had a few hiccups and I started to lose my brake. I adjusted it, but by the look of it, I adjusted it the wrong way and I think I hit a switch and turned the traction off, so for the first half of the race I had no traction control, which is certainly a disadvantage when everyone around you is using theirs.
“I managed to get it switched back on, on the lowest setting, which is what we normally run and it made the job a lot easier from then on. I went on to set my fastest time of the weekend on the final lap, so I’m very happy with that, but a little disappointed in the result. Although for the first weekend on the bike we will take that. We are in the championship for the long haul and I’ll keep learning and improving and we are already looking forward to Brands Hatch.”