Jack Keen Racing – Round 5 – Oulton Park
The team arrived Thursday night, and camped up outside the track ready to set up Friday in time for practice. Free Practice: Jack had previous settings that he wanted to try out on the new engine and the suspension. He went out on old tyres, but noticed there were more serious handling issues that needed to be resolved for qualifying as the bike became near un-rideable.
Lap Time: 1,46.911
Qualifying: Jack went out with some new settings to try and rectify the handling issues. However, the problem became a lot worse. Jack then pitted in to make changes in the opposite direction on his suspension, but unfortunately due to a red flag, qualifying was stopped after only 6 laps for him which resulted in a 20th position start for Race 1.
Lap Time: 1,47.583
Race 1: The race got under way with Jack starting from a rare row 5. He quickly starting battling through the groups, and made it to 15th, however on the penultimate lap, Jack had a sudden loss of power, so he immediately hit the kill
switch and rolled off track. This gave Jack a DNF. The unfinished race turned out to be the least of our worries. With the bike and Jack safely back to the team awning, and after a short investigation, we discovered a major engine issue… a big problem which couldn’t be helped but which unfortunately couldn’t be fixed trackside. This put us out for the rest of the weekend so no Race 2 for JKR.
Lap Time: 1,45.734
Overview: All in all, what looked to be a positive round with a new engine in the bike turned into a disaster. We are waiting to hear the overall condition of the engine, and will update everyone as soon as we know more. We are hoping to get luck back on our side in the very near future! Massive Thanks to all our Sponsors, supporters and everyone that helped!
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