Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Knox lend Kirkham a Handroid to become Superstock Champion

Jon Kirkham wrapped up the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 championship at the Croft circuit, but without Knox it could all have been very different.

On practice day Jon took the opportunity to try out a Knox Aegis back protector and Handroid gloves. Fate must have been on his side, because he then took an uncharacteristic spill aboard his newly Samsung-sponsored JK Racing BMW S1000RR. Fortunately the Knox Scaphoid Protection System on the Handroids proved its worth once again, preventing a potentially season-ending wrist injury.

With a comfortable lead in the series, he could have coasted to an overall victory in the final three races. However Jon was able to top both timed qualifying sessions, dipping well under the Superstock 1000 lap record in the second dry session of Saturday afternoon.

In the race Jon inherited a clear track following early leader Scott Smart's retirement, leaving fellow BMW rider Tristan Palmer in second. Despite setting the fastest lap of the race, Palmer never really troubled Kirkham, who put in consistent lap times from start to finish.

“What a weekend, I’m buzzing!" said Kirkham afterwards. "It was a weird one in a way because I had my first crash of the year on Friday and decided to take it easy on Saturday. But I ended up fastest in both sessions and on pole. It was a similar thing in the race really, I decided to just take it easy and let the race unfold and it came to me".

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