News 24 Apr 2019

Premier class debut a learning experience for Currie

Factory Kawasaki rider lodges DNF-13 scorecard at British Superbike opener.

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Ben Currie has described his premier class debut at Silverstone’s opening round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) as a learning experience.

The Australian contender, racing for the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki outfit, qualified in P19 before crashing out of the opening encounter, which he believes came as a result of lacking patience in navigating through the field.

Rebounding in the race two, Currie displayed composure as he fought his way to 13th, notching up his first championship points of the season.

“I’ve learnt so much this weekend and my qualifying really set me back for both races,” Currie explained. “I think being on the grid so far back for race one caused me to crash as I was trying so hard to push forwards and probably put too much pressure on myself to try and get through the field.

“We started race two in 19th again, which made things difficult, but I paced myself and was a bit more patient this time and just dug deep and worked hard to get through the pack. I saved the tyre and we learnt so much, it was crucial to get that first race under our belt.

“I’m a little tired coming back from illness but I’ll be working hard on that over the next few weeks. I can’t thank my team enough for all their help and hard work this weekend. We have a good platform to build on and we know where we need to be and how to get there. Thank you to them all.”

Fellow Australians Jason O’Halloran (McAms Yamaha) and Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) experienced difficult weekends, both recording DNFs in the two outings.