After a good start to the season at Brands Hatch - including a 3rd place podium finish for Glen Richards - the Hawk team look forward to the fast approaching second race of the season at Thruxton, Hampshire, with high hopes for the rest of the year. Yet despite a pleasing finish to the first meeting, it's back to the workshop for the technicians after the gamble on Dean Thomas' bike backfired. Trying to find the optimum configuration for the bikes is paramount as, with three days left before the second meeting, time is fast running out. Pre-race preparations continue, and as the technicians tweak the bikes, team physiotherapist Charlie Cash tweaks the riders, ensuring crucial muscles in their arms are kept well exercised. Meanwhile, a visit from Kawasaki Japan keeps the whole team on their best behaviour and adds to the mounting pressure ahead of tomorrow's race. Thruxston - a different circuit to Brands Hatch altogether - has a special resonance for Glen; the track's infamous chicane threw him off his bike and into hospital during the 2004 season, so a chance for retribution is at the front of his mind, and after qualifying for position six on the starting grid, things are looking good. Dean, however, remains concerned at the frantic preparation ahead of the meeting and, after inconsistent performances during the pre-race tests, worries that his performance will suffer. Yet with the risks at the twisting, turning Thruxton circuit running high, and the onlooking Kawasaki executives adding to the pressure, the desperation for a high finish and a repeat performance of race one intensifies, and the entire team are unanimous that they are there for one thing and one thing only - to win.moreless
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