WSS: Kennedy equals career best finish at Portimão

Rivamoto Honda rider, Jack Kennedy managed a highly respectable sixth place in today’s 6th round of the World Supersport Championship from Portimão, in the Portuguese Algarve.

Kennedy made it up to 4th from 7th on the grid

Photo: Michael Hill Promotions

The Irishman was suffering from rather substantial pain in his knee, following an incident in yesterday’s qualifying session where he caught his knee on the kerb while trying to avoid a touring rider.

Starting from 7th on the grid, Kennedy made a swift getaway and was able to make it up to 4th in the opening stages of the race. However, the former British Supersport Championship runner-up was caught by fellow Honda riders, Michael Van Der Mark and Sheridan Morais halfway through the race. The Irishman fought hard, but given the discomfort from his knee, Kennedy was unable to sustain the 4th place and was subsequently relegated to 6th by the time the chequered flag came out; the same result he achieved at Donington Park, two weeks ago. “I got a good start and was up where we needed to be in the front group. When Van Der Mark and Morais came past I pushed to go with them. I held on for a few laps until I made a small mistake. Once I knew they had gone, I pretty much controlled the race by reading my pitboard. I knew there was a group behind but I really wanted 6th. I was lacking a bit of confidence and my knee was pretty sore but it’s been a great weekend. The Rivamoto Honda has worked well once again and the team have been fantastic.”

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