The countdown to race one ticks to a close as you rejoin the Hawk Kawasaki team in their last-gasp preparations before the start of the 2005 season in Brands Hatch, Kent. Team principal Stuart Hicken explains his struggle to gather any fresh sponsorship for the coming season, and how those disappointments and drawbacks have hindered Hawk's ability to test riders and their bikes as much as their competitors. Meanwhile, the team continues to test and tweak their new superbikes in an effort to perfect them, whilst hiccups in the pre-raceday qualifying sessions crank up the tension. Hawk's riders - Glen Richards and Dean Thomas - tear around the circuit at Brands Hatch, familiarising themselves with their bikes as the rest of the Hawk team, from principal to brolly-dolly, look nervously on. Glen and Dean's intimate video diaries capture the feelings of the whole team as the pre-raceday qualifiers draw to a tiring close, sharing their plans, anxieties and anticipations for the season's opening, where they will roar up to the starting grid as the underdogs. After a disappointing day of qualifiers, the team ready themselves as race one arrives. Nerves peak as the start nears and the fans arrive in droves, hassling riders Glen and Dean for autographs and photos - a temporary distraction from the first real competitive challenge of the season. The onlooking backstage team, including Hicken and the chief technicians, watch with nail-biting nervousness as Glen and Dean tear around the track with their eyes on the prize, where Dean takes a gamble that could make or break the opening race. The season has well and truly begun.moreless
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