Hi everyone, and welcome back to my round up of action from the British Superbike Championship. This weekend the racing came from Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. With it’s unique layout and narrow and twisting track plus the fan and rider favourite section dubbed ‘The Mountain’ where the bikes actually leave the track for a brief moment, it’s definitely non stop work and effort needed from the riders for each lap of the race.
In the Superbike races Billy McConnell stepped up from the Superstock class to replace his OMG team mate Luke Mossey who had a massive crash on Thursday night during a test session. Luke was lucky to just walk away with a hairline fracture of his shin bone at the top of his leg.
Billy joined Glenn Irwin, Joe Francis and Ben Currie as the J&S Supported riders lined up for qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Joe started the first Superbike race from 23rd and went out in Q1, Billy was just in front in 20th place and with Ben Currie 1 place higher in 19th. But Glenn Irwin made it into Q3 for the second round running and started the first race from 9th place and the outside of the 3rd row. In Q3 the final 9 riders were covered by 1 second!!
In the 1st race Billy must have been eager to get the race underway and jumped the start, this left him with literally a mountain to climb. His jump start meant that he would have 10 seconds added to his total race time. Billy was in a group of riders along with Tarran Mackenzie, Xavi Fores and a couple of others. Billy would cross the line in 14th place but the added 10 seconds meant he would be down to 18th just missing out on the final championship point.
Joe finished in 22nd place with Ben Currie just ahead in 21st. Glenn secured another top 10 finish and came home in 8th place and added to his championship total.
In the second race Joe had a DNF and Ben struggled with fatigue in the latter part of the race, this was due to a big crash in free practice 3 on Saturday, this aggravated his foot and ankle which he injured at the start of the season. Ben managed to cross the line in 19th position. Billy regrouped after race 1 and clinched the last place in the top 10. A great result for Billy who was back on a Superbike for the first time in a couple of years. Glenn just missed out on a top 5 finish and crossed the line in 6th place. It seems like Glenn is fitting in well with the Tyco team and the BMW still has a lot of potential with it being a brand new bike for 2019. The BMW results are even more impressive given that all the BMW bikes in the Superbike class are running stock engines!!
Superstock 1000 gave mixed qualifying results for all the J&S riders involved. Lewis Rollo qualified the best and started from 8th place, with Levi Day on the 5th row in 14th place with Joe Collier right behind in 15th.
After a big crash in lap 4 for Andy Reid in the race, the safety car came out and bunched the whole field up again. It was Lewis Rollo who had the best result out of the J&S backed riders with a solid 6th position, team mate Levi Day behind in 9th Joe Collier had a great result and finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place. Joe was pleased with his result and is hoping to carry the momentum on to the next round of the championship. On a side note you can win one of three signed Joe collier caps – all you have to do is follow J&S on social media! You can follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
In the Supersport and GP2 races we had Josh Owens racing this weekend, Josh qualified in 4th overall for the sprint race. Bad luck has seemed to follow Josh around this season as a piece of debris from the track caused damage to the rear wheel and also the brakes which cause Josh to retire from the race.
In the 2nd race Josh made his way through the field to come home in 9th place over all 4th in the GP2 standings
In the Superstock 600 qualifying Taylor Moreton qualified in 20th place and Louis Valleley in 11th place just outside the top 10. In the race Louis had a DNF but Taylor battled his way through the pack to cross the line in 13th place and pick up a few more championship points.
That’s all for this weekends round up, a small break for the riders now with 3 weeks until the next round which comes from Oulton Park (right near our Oakmere store!) for the second time this season. It’s a triple header – 3 races in the Superbike class and the last chance for the riders to make a impression and secure the all important ‘Showdown’ places. Good luck to all of our riders for then!