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Tough Debut for Wyatt in Ducati 848 Challenge

By: | Published 12 April 2012, 20:58 | Views: 2,998 | tags: kasey wyatt, 848 challenge, bsb, 2012, ducati, gb moto, rider, motorcycles, racing, circuits, uk, brands hatch, round 1, omc
Kasey Wyatt competed for GBmoto Racing this weekend in the first round of the 2012 Ducati 848 Challenge, at Kent's Brands Hatch circuit. Held in conjunction with the British Superbike championship, the Ducati 848 Challenge is an opportunity for a wide range of riders to showcase their abilities in front of a national audience.
Having only his fourth outing on the bike, one of which was severely curtailed after mechincal issues at Alcarraz circuit in Spain, Wyatt was still learning many of the intricacies of riding a two cylinder machine. However, he professed himself happy with general handling having obtained a solid bass chassis setting.

Qualifying fifteenth quickest, from a total field of 32 competitors, Kasey Wyatt was in a good position to score points from his debut appearance in the series. Sunday's first race was held in wet conditions, which was to prove disasterous for many riders. In just the first lap, after making up good places from the starting grid, Wyatt found himself in a four bike crash which ended his race.

Fortunately, only largely costmetic repairs were required and The Station sponsored Ducati 848 was ready for race two on Easter Monday. Again, wet conditions prevailed, with very low track temperatures and a stiff breeze. Starting from near the back of the grid, Kasey set about gaining further valuable wet track experience on the Ducati, steadily improving his lap times and completing the 14 laps in nineteenth position.

There is now a four week break for the series, with the next round to be held at the Netherlands, Assen circuit over the weekend of May 11-13.

Kasey Wyatt, Rider Ducati 848 Challenge:

A reasonable weekend, throughout which I continued to gain valuable insights into riding a Ducati. I qualified well and had a good feeling about the first race, but crashed out early. In the second race I am disappointed with my result, but with a lack of wet testing we did not find the best setting, which is understandable. I think with more wet track time, which honestly no one really looks for, I think we will get closer to the optimum wet setup.

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Editor's Note: Kasey is part sponsored by our good friends at The Oval Motorcycle Centre too, so we've a vested interest in this wee fellow's success.

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