WITH all eyes on the final round of the British Superbike Championship last weekend, the huge Irish following of Dubliner Jack Kennedy looked forward to a great weekend's racing and hoped that the talented Blanchardstown rider would lift the British title.
Following his crashes at Assen and Silverstone, the Dubliner saw his lead in the 600 Championship wiped out as he slipped to second behind Glen Richards. The pair have battled all season, and the Martrain Racing team of Kennedy took second in Saturday's race, leaving him 8.5 points behind the Australian Richards. In the early stage of the race the battle was at its best, and then Richards missed a gear and went onto the gravel, and despite his best efforts to keep the bike upright, he went down.
Under the rules his race was over, and all Kennedy had to do was finish in seventh place or higher. Kennedy was flying and lying in fifth place when disaster struck, and his Yamaha - which had never missed a beat all season - dropped an engine valve, and he was out, handing the championship to Richards. Kennedy was totally distraught, and rightly so, in front of more than 40,000 fans, many of them Irish who made the journey to Brands Hatch to support their hero.
It was a sad way to finish the season, but in fairness he really made an impact on the British scene, and hopefully his brilliant talents will be acknowledged next season. Keep 'er lit!