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Tough End To 2011 For MSS Colchester Kawasaki

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Gary Mason - Photo Credit: MSS Colchester Kawasaki

Gary Mason - Photo Credit: MSS Colchester Kawasaki


After a season that started with such promise and optimism, MSS Colchester Kawasaki left the final round at Brands Hatch with little reward and another injured rider. Gary Mason crashed his ZX-10R in Saturday Practice and although he attempted to race later on, he pulled out due to the injuries sustained.

After undergoing tests after the opening race, Mason was revealed to have injured his neck and sat out both Sunday races in the interests of safety.

Teammate Ian Lowry didn't have a great weekend either, finishing 13th in race one before failing to finish at all on Sunday. The Irishman crashed out of the second race before a mechanical problem took him out of the third.

“Saturday wasn't too bad and I was starting to feel comfortable on the bike but Sunday was a bit of a disaster, I'm really disappointed”, commented Lowry. “The start of the second race was good and I was running in the top ten but the bike developed a mechanical problem, I'm not sure what it was but the back end felt really bad and I pulled in for safety. I'm really disappointed, the team has done a great job and I felt that I could have had a good result.”

One bright moment for the team saw Danny Buchan secure the runner-up spot in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship although not in the circumstances he'd have wanted. The 18 year old was still satisfied though and thanked all the people who supported him this year.

“That's not the way I would have liked to finish the championship, I'd much rather have battled Luke for second but I'll still take it. Having finished the season, 2011 has been amazing. Second place in the championship is a great result and I'd like to say a big thank you to MSS Colchester Kawasaki, who have been superb and a fantastic team to work with. On a personal note I'd like to say thank you to mum and dad and all of the Buchan family, friends and personal sponsors for all their support. I couldn't have done it without you guys – thank you.”

Team Owner Nick Morgan was sad to see the season end in such disappointment but  has already promised to come back stronger next year.

“That was a tough final few races and with both Howie (Mainwaring) and Gary injuring themselves the season does feel like it has finished on a bit of a low, I wish them both a speedy recovery. The start of the season was immense with Stuart Easton running so well, Gary getting podiums and Danny winning first time out, its shame it didn't finish that way round! That's racing as they say and we will be back even stronger next year.”

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