Media Release: Tuesday 29th August, 2017
“Scott's Lausitzring struggle adds fuel to the fire”
Australia’s Glenn Scott has returned to Europe for the back half of the European 1000STK Championship and first stop was The Eurospeedway, Lausitz. The Agro-On BenJan Kawasaki rider is determined to make these last 4 rounds count, drawing every positive he can and making every moment standout. Unfortunately, Scott’s race at Lausitz didn’t go as planned as the formidable Lausitzring wreaked havoc on his injured leg. The 14 lap race was one of the toughest of the season for Glenn, but he managed to improve 2 grid positions to bring the Kawasaki ZX-10RR home in 17th.
“Although the weekend was tough for myself and the team, we can definitely draw a lot of positives from our performance. I think my sheer determination and guts got me over the line on the weekend. There was just no giving up for me. The race turned into a game of survival rather than attacking, but I’m still really happy with how I placed considering the circumstances.
Lausitzring is a fairly new circuit for Glenn and the team, only having been there once for a short but successful test day using newly added Ohlin’s suspension, but it was certainly not enough time to learn the ins and outs of the tricky and extremely bumpy Lausitzring circuit. Mechanical dramas hindered two out of three practice sessions over the weekend but the team worked tirelessly to rectify them and give Glenn the best bike possible for Sundays race. Glenn and the team managed to improve their lap times each day and qualify only 2.8 seconds off pole position in P19 as first Agro-On BenJan Kawasaki rider. It was one of the closest qualifying sessions of the season so far.
“This weekend we are running a new front end in the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, we switched to Ohlin’s during mid-season testing so it was always going to be a challenging weekend finding the right set up quickly. I'm happy with our progress, some more front end feel is still to be found but we are on a much better path now. I have to thank the team for fixing the few mechanical issues that popped up during practice and giving me the best bike possible for Sunday.”
Scott and the team had their sights firmly set on scoring more world championship points in the race but unfortunately they had to settle for a finish of 17th.
“We were striving for points in the race and it's always a little disappointing when you don't achieve your goal for the weekend. I’m upset that my leg gave me so many dramas as I believe more points were truly possible. I managed my leg the best I could over the weekend but it progressively got worse every day and it was pretty clear the race was going to be tough. It’s always frustrating when your body lets you down but I’m storing these few negatives as fuel for the fire in the next race”.
Glenn and the team are focussing on the positives and are already starting to work on their weaknesses from the weekend to aid them in securing those precious championship points in the next round. The Australian rider has also started a newly designed rigorous training regime and rehab program to be in the best physical and mental shape possible for the remainder of the season.
The European 1000STK championship continues in Portimao, Portugal from 15th-17th September.
Photo Credit: wd.jrphoto