Bradley Ward Achieves Career Best MotoAmerica SBK Finish At Road Atlanta
Bradley Ward raced to a career best MotoAmerica Superbike race finish of eighth in Saturday’s opening race at Road Atlanta. His run of five consecutive points scoring finishes came to an end on Sunday following a retirement after the British rider ‘cooked’ his clutch.
The weekend itself was positive, Ward making it into Superpole for the first time, qualifying on the third row in eighths, as well as making great starts and running inside the top six on occasion. Race 1 especially showed that the #57 is a fighter and both he and the FLY Racing ADR Motorsports Kawasaki team are confident of two great races at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex this coming weekend.
“All in all not a bad weekend at all. I made Superpole for the first time and got to use the qualifying tyre for the first time. I made a good start and hung on to Dave (Anthony) and Cam (Petersen) for a few laps but the heat was brutal. It wasn’t easy so it was a case of survival mode. I had a good battle with Geoff May and finished eighth, which is the best result of my Superbike career. I’m realistic and whilst it’s a good result on paper I wasn’t really satisfied with my lap times. I used Race 1’s tyre for Warm-Up and put in a few decent laps and I was pretty confident for the second race. It was a little bit cooler on Sunday which helped as the temperature and humidity on Saturday was pretty bad. I got a really good jump and was running sixth or seventh before the red flag came out. With us not having a great deal of electronics and with me slipping the clutch a lot, especially at the starts, I burned the clutch out on the restart which meant a retirement from what would have been at least a top ten finish. I tried to nurse it home, but it was fried. Anyway, we have shown that we are making big steps and we only have to wait a few days to race again in Pittsburgh.”