Hartley is forced to be patient after recent ‘off’ at Knockhill

Harry Hartley with his new Tsingtao WK Kawasaki. Picture: Trackside Exposure
Harry Hartley with his new Tsingtao WK Kawasaki. Picture: Trackside Exposure

Burnley’s Harry Hartley was hoping to make his second appearance for the Tsingtao WK Kawasaki team and get to grips with his bike on the Brands Hatch GP circuit at the weekend.

However, on arrival at the circuit, he was advised that he was still not fit to race after injury forced him out of the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill late last month.

The 17-year-old was due to make his bow at Knockhill, but, as he got used to his new machine in FP3, he had an off that left him injured, and after a precautionary scan, he was forced out of the round.

Trackside Exposure caught up with him during the pit lane walkabout and asked him why he was unable to race.

Hartley said: “ It’s a legacy from the Knockhill accident that is keeping me off the bike, but I’ll be fully fit to compete in the next round.”

It was a long trip from home not to race, but Hartley added: “I was disappointed not to be racing, but the team has shown a lot of faith in me. I wanted to be here at Brands to support the other riders in the team’s setup and help out promoting the team throughout the weekend.”

The next round of the championship is at Thruxton from August 1st-3rd.