Hello and welcome to Alex’s Blog!
I’ll hand you over to our official BSB correspondent Dan from our Leeds store, who was in attendance this weekend, to keep you informed of the J&S supported racers results.
Hi everyone and welcome to the penultimate round up of the British Superbike season. The latest round came from Donington Park but this time on the longer GP circuit. Mixed weather all weekend made it hard for some riders to find the ideal set up for the bike with mixed weather in some of the sessions. Friday was mainly wet then with rain on and off during periods of Saturday the time sheet on both days saw some unfamiliar names near the top.
In the Superbike class it was a mixed weekend for all the J&S backed riders in qualifying, unfortunately none of our riders made it out of Q1. That was a shame for both Ben Currie and Joe Francis as they both showed great pace and lap times in the free practise sessions on both Friday and Saturday morning. Ben had a crash at the early part of Q1 which ended his session, this meant he would start from 21st place for race one.
Joe posted a lap time which was good enough for 19th place for the first race of the weekend. Josh Owens would start from 27th on the grid and in his first race back after breaking his collar bone Billy McConnell started from 22nd on the grid.
In the first race dry conditions greeted the riders which was a bonus. Joe Francis was making up places right from the first lap of the race and was well inside the points scoring places. By the end of the race Joe crossed the line in 14th place to score a couple of points. A great result for Joe whose pace was good all weekend and it’s a great reward for the hard work both he and his team are putting in.
Josh Owens had a big highside coming out of the Foggy esses on the first lap which let the young rider hobbling off the track.
Both Ben Currie and Billy McConnell had race long battle and were changing places multiple times through the race. But it was Billy who got the better of his fellow Aussie and crossed the line in 18th place with Ben right behind in 19th.
In race 2 Billy took a tumble early in the race at the Foggy esses which led to the safety car coming out whilst the gravel was cleared from the track. Luckily Billy was able to get up and walk away. Josh Owens was unlucky to suffer another DNF for the second race running. Ben Currie and his team mate seemed to be glued together for the whole race with Ben just being pipped by his team mate at the line and finished in 18th position. Joe Francis, once again, had a good race and just missed out on scoring the final championship point as he crossed the line in 16th position
In Superstock 600 we had Louis Valleley and Taylor Moreton, in qualifying the 2 J&S backed riders could not be split as Louis qualified in 14th and Taylor in 15th. The 2 were only split by .2 of a second so the guys were evenly matched. In the race it was more of the same but Unfortunately Louis had a small off when trying to overtake another rider, which meant in turn that Taylor had to run wide to avoid being caught up in the incident. After this bad luck struck Taylor who retired on lap 8.
In Superstock 1000 we had the Aprilia pair of Lewis Rollo and Levi Day and the Kawasaki of Joe Collier. It was Lewis Rollo who qualified the better out of the 3 riders, as he set a time fast enough to put him 11th on the grid for the race on Sunday. His team mate Levi Day started a row behind from 15th. Joe had a testing qualifying session and started down in 28th position. Race day came and a great start by all 3 J&S riders. Both Lewis and Levi were gaining places and closing the gap to the riders in front but it was Joe Collier who stormed through the field and looked to be on rails as he carved his way up the positions. By the end of the race Lewis has slipped back down to 10th position, his team mate Levi Day finished in 7th just missing out on 6th place. But it was Joe Collier who gained an amazing 19th places during the race to cross the line in 9th. A great achievement by Joe who said after the race he want to go out and just have some fun on his bike and see how many people he could pass.
In Supersport and GP2 we had Ross Twyman racing this weekend. In qualifying Ross set a time which was fast enough for 13th on the grid. In the first race Ross was making his way up the field and was inside the top 10 and held his position well. By the end of the race his was 10th over all and 2nd in the GP2 class. But after the race he was promoted up to 1st as the race winning bike had a technical issue and was removed from the final results. This gave Ross and his team a well earned race win. In the second race again Ross was holing a place well inside the top 10, he finished up in 12th overall and 2nd in GP2 after losing a few places on the last couple of laps. But it was a successful weekend for Ross and his team.
The final class is the Junior Supersport, Zak Shelton was racing this weekend and qualified in 20th place. Zak had 3 races over the weekend. In the 1st race Zak made progress and picked up 5 places to finish in 15th place. In race 2 Zak broke into the top 10 and scored more points by crossing the line in 9th place. The final race of the weekend saw more points come Zak’s way, Zak finished in 10th place, which rounded off a really good weekend for the young rider.
That’s all for this weekend but the final round is fast approaching. It takes place at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit. It takes place over the weekend of 18-19-20th of October. So until then thanks for reading.