Gary Mason enjoyed a successful weekend at Donington Park as MSS Colchester Kawasaki became the first team to run a bike to the 2012 regulations.

After losing out on a place in the Title Showdown, Mason turned his attentions to next season, running a specially developed ZX-10R and although he failed to score a point, Mason was pleased to gather important information on the new machine.

“Today went as expected really. This weekend is all about developing the new bike so yeah it all went pretty well. We've taken loads of new settings and can go to the next round with much more knowledge. Obviously as a rider I always want to go out a win, but right now my focus is on developing the bike for next season.”

Teammate Ian Lowry scored points on his debut for the team in race one but a mechanical problem stopped him in race two. The Irishman will remain with the team for the final two events and hopes to improve after getting some experience on the ZX-10R this weekend.

“I've jumped into the deep end this weekend and I've been making all sorts of changes to try and get the bike to work well for me. Initially I was struggling a little bit, but eventually we found some good settings that totally transformed the machine. The start of the first race wasn't great and I ended up on the grass as a few riders in front of me crashed. Twelfth really isn’t a true reflection of how race one went and a wee mechanical issue stopped me in race two. Overall it has been a really positive weekend and I'm happy with the amount of progress we’ve made.”

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