The 2018 British Superbike season came to a close at a very wet and cold Brands Hatch with Mason Law in strong points finishes, setting the stage nicely for the start of 2019.
Things didn’t go to plan in qualifying with Mason crashing out of Q1, leaving the rider well down the grid in 20th place. During the first race in the Saturday afternoon sun, Mason made a tremendous start fighting his way up to 12th place before encountering front tyre problems which sadly forced him back out of the points.
On Sunday, as the huge crowds gathered track side to see the final races of the season, the weather had taken a turn for the worse with strong winds and rain effecting everyone, but Mason still came back from his lowly grid position to fight in to the points for 12th and 13th in the two races.
His season had some fantastic highs with two top 10s at Thruxton but the lows of the Cadwell crash ruined the latter half of his season so these points were important.
”Brands Hatch was a cold damp end to the year but it was still nice to get out around my local circuit. We worked on some areas that I needed to improve from the previous races there and did so.
"Sunday’s cold and wet races were a case of staying on and not closing the year out in the hospital. The races seemed long in the conditions but I kept my concentration and It’s good to get these final points for myself and the team. I’d like to thank my crew for their hard work during this season, I greatly appreciate it!”
Mason Law, still on the road to full recovery after his crash at Cadwell Park, was looking to have the pace to continue Team WD-40’s impressive point scoring run, but this all ended with a broken engine in the morning warm-up. With time against them, the crew did their best to repair the damage with no time to test the engine and all seemed fine until the first lap of the race, where it became evident that there was a problem, forcing Mason out.
"It’s always a pleasure to race around Assen as it’s a fantastic place. I’m disappointed with the weekend’s results, but I guess that’s bike racing every now and again. It does make the nice results taste much sweeter as they come along.
"I have to thank my team who did everything possible to create a successful weekend but it was an unheard of double engine problem that forced us out, which we'll look into when we get back to the UK. I’m looking forward to the next, and sadly last round of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at my home round of Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks where I hope to be fully fit and the bike ready to go.”
Hot off the back of his superb run at Thruxton just two weeks earlier, Mason Law was looking to do well at Cadwell. Unfortunately, a high-speed tumble during Sunday morning’s warm-up had Mason taken to the medical centre where he was found to have broken his thumb in three places. He was sadly put out of any further action for the day and is left fighting to be fit for the next round at Silverstone.
“It was a high speed crash at turn one which left me with the injury. My thumb may need surgery to fix it. We’ll seek specialist advice with a view to be ready for Silverstone in three weekends time. I’ve been overwhelmed by all the kind messages from the spectators on social media, and really have to thank the BSB Orange Army and Medical staff for looking after me.”
Superbike rookie Mason Law started his weekend well in first practice and carried this through to both races, the only glitch coming in Q2 where he could only manage 18th on the grid for the first race. Mason did an incredible job using the Team's strategy to push to a fantastic 8th place and a 10th fastest lap giving himself a better chance for Race Two.
Mason again made a good start and was immediately in the hunt, running amongst the high flyers but unfortunately with two laps to go his tyres were finished, dropping him back to 10th at the flag.
“That was a very good round for myself and the team, and all in all I’m happy with the progress we made throughout the weekend. Thruxton is a really abrasive circuit and kills tyres, so that’s what we worked to conquer from the off and I had a good feeling from the opening free practice session.
“Qualifying is something we really need to work on, but I didn’t let it get my head down, and I got a good start in Race One. I gained positions off the line and kept making progress and finished 8th.
"We made a change from Race One for Race Two and having started the second outing in 10th place, I got a very good launch off the line. I had a really hard fight in a group that included some established BSB riders like Laverty and Bridewell and I really enjoyed it. To also have the lead group visible in front of us was very pleasing for me and a great feeling.”
Team WD-40 BSB rookie Mason Law really enjoyed his weekend, continuing to make improvements throughout the event at Knockhill with strong showings in all the practice sessions and again pushing through to personal bests in Qualifying 2.
Starting 17th on the grid and making great progress in both races, Law put in strong lap times toward the end of each race to secure more valuable BSB points for 15th and 14th places in front of a packed and appreciative Scottish audience.
“It was another good weekend on my WD-40 Superbike at Knockhill. We once again made it through to Q2 and gained two point scoring finishes. Every time I throw my leg over the bike I’m learning something new, whether that’s about myself, or about the bike and set-up. I’m happy with the foundations we have built now, and I know it won’t be long until we can gain the fruits of all the hard work that’s being bundled in to this project.”
Mason Law, fresh from his experiences at World Superbike and fully recovered from his injuries was looking forward to Snetterton 300 where he still holds the outright lap record in SuperStock 1000. Starting well, Law worked hard with his team to secure his best BSB qualifying to date moving into Q2 for the first time for 18th on the grid.
In an incident packed Race One, Law made a great start pushing as high as 10th, but his inexperience with the bike and tyre set up saw him drop back a little but still to a personal best of 12th in a BSB race. Mason continued this form into Race Two and looked to be on for a repeat of his first race result but had to settle for one place less in 13th.
"It’s certainly very positive and shows where we are at, at the minute, and how positive we all are as a team, but we are expecting more now. I’d obviously like to thank my whole team (everyone involved at GR Motosport) and the crew involved on my side of the garage. We had a few hiccups this weekend but we managed to overcome them."
Mason Law scored his first Superbike points at the third round of the Championship at Oulton Park. In the first race, Mason made a good start and settled in to build his rhythm and confidence and as the 18-lap race continued, Mason’s pace stayed strong and he fought to grab his first British Superbike points on the very last lap.
“It was a really strange weekend which started off on a positive note, when we were P6 at one point in the opening session. It’s a huge sigh of relief that we found a bit of pace at the previous week’s test, which then allowed us to try some bits and pieces with the bike at Oulton.”
“For race two we got to start a little further up the grid [one row]. I felt I got a good launch but didn’t seem to gain anything, then unfortunately I had to pull in with a technical problem to end our weekend a little earlier than anticipated.”
The second round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch was a mixed weekend for GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 / STAUFF Quick Connect Academy.
Mason Law’s rookie season in Superbike is developing to plan as he becomes more familiar with running in the premier class aboard the Team WD-40 ZX10RR. Mason continues to be in the zone with the other rookies again just outside the points, but Team WD-40 feel that their initial points goal will be in reach quite soon.
“I have to say there are tons of positives to take from the weekend at Brands Hatch, and even more than we had at Donington Park during round one. I feel we can hold our heads high and move on now to Oulton Park, after an upcoming official test there first, which is good for me personally, as I can get some laps in on the Team WD-40 Kawasaki Superbike before the May Day Bank Holiday meeting.”