Danny from our Leeds store is a massive BSB fan, in fact, I’d even go so far as to say he’s one of the world’s leading authorities on this subject, so who better than him to write the blog on our supported rider results? So here he is:
Hi everyone and welcome to my BSB results blog with a round up of the action which came from Donington Park. After 292 days or 9 months and 18 days or 7008 hours, whichever way you look at it, it’s been a long time since we have been racing. Due to the current circumstances and the situation we are all in, this years British Superbike championship is compressed and very short but action packed. 6 tracks, 3 races at each track, no showdown so it’s a straight fight to the end.
There are new riders, new teams but the same old excitment. Plenty to look forward to over the next 3 months, so lets dive in and take a look at how the J&S Accessories backed riders got on this weekend.
Saturday saw both qualifying and a race in the Superbike class. This season saw a change in the qualifying format, with no shoot out sessions like in the 2019 season. It was Hector Barbera who was the highest placed J&S rider who was only 0.1 of a second behind the pole man Jason O’Halloran, so it was a front row start for the Spanish rider. On the row directly behind, was Glenn Irwin on the Fireblade who started from 5th position. Starting from 9th was Luke Mossey on the OMG BMW and right behind was Joe Francis in 10th position. This was a great showing from Joe who had a crash early in qualifying and only managed to complete 7 laps, so it was a great lap that he put in early on. The top 12 riders were covered by less than 1 second!!!
In his first ever BSB qualifying Graeme Irwin, (yeah that’s right another Irwin, he’s the middle one of the 3 brothers) he would start the first race from 21st place on the grid, with the final rider Josh Owens starting from 24th place. Both Graeme Irwin and Josh Owens would move up 1 place on the grid due to Keith Farmer not being able to race due to injury.
In race one there was action all the way down the field but it was Glenn Irwin who finished in 2nd place only to be beaten by younger brother Andy, yeah 3 Irwins on the grid in the same race!! Commentators nightmare!! Glenn led the race for a while but in the end was overtaken on the final lap by his brother. Luke Mossey had a great race and crossed the line in 6th position, just geting the best of Tarran Mackenzie. Josh Owens just missed out on championship points and finished in 18th place. Meanwhile there were DNF’s for Hector Barbera, Joe Francis and Graeme Irwin.
In race 2 it was much of the same, a race-long battle between Glenn and Andy Irwin. Glenn took the lead from the opening lap and held a steady lead but it was always under 1 second from the chasing pack. Glenn led 25 of the 26 laps, only to be mugged by his younger brother at the final corner. But consistancy will be key in this seasons championship due to the whole championship being decided over 18 races! Hector Barbera came home in 10th place to score his first points for the OMG team, next over the line was Joe francis who came home in 16th with Luke Mossey behind in 17th. Graeme Irwin had a 21st place finish meanwhile Josh Owens had a DNF next to his name due to a crash in the early stages of the race.
The third and final race of the day all the J&S backed riders crossed the finish line. But it was the events after the race which cause the most controversy. Andy Irwin was removed from the results due to an incident with Josh Brookes which in the end meant all the riders would move up one place. So Josh Owens would be credited with 20th place, Graeme Irwin in 18th and Joe Francis scoring 1 point for 15th place with Luke Mossey being given 13th and team mate Hector Barbera in 10th place. Hector was running in the top 5 all race but a small mistake saw him drop down the field, but he did set the fastest lap of the race.
But it was a trio of 2nd places for Glenn Irwin and his Honda Fireblade. Glenn steadily made his way through the field after starting from 12th on the grid. So 3 second places for Glenn means he leads the championship after 3 races.
In Superstock 1000 it was an exciting race for J&S supported riders. Lewis Rollo started from 11th on the grid aboard the J&S backed IN Competition Aprilia. Billy McConnell was right behind in 12th place with Joe Collier starting from 19th. The superstock grid is so tight that the first 21 riders were covered by less than 1 second.
In the first race it was a mixed bag of results for our riders Lewis Rollo was taken out by another rider on lap 7 and failed to finish. Billy had a little detour through the gravel trap which sent him to the back of the field but he managed to battle back up to 19th place. But it was Joe Collier who came home in 6th place and start his season in a great way.
The second Superstock race saw Joe Collier back up his 6th place from race one with a solid 8th place in race 2. Lewis Rollo finished in 4th place and just missed out on a podium place. One of those podium places was taken by Billy McConnell, he finished in 2nd place and turned his weekend around. A much deserved return to the podium for Billy.
In Supersport 600 we have Ben Currie and Dan Jones in the GP2 cup. Ben qualified on the outside of the second to start from 6th while Dan was 22nd on the grid but the 7th fastest GP2 bike. Again just like in Superstock 1000 the times were really close and the top 13 riders were covered by 1 second.
In the first race Ben was up to 2nd place but a bike issue meant that he had to retire whilst in a solid points scoring position. Dan Jones came home in 14th place overall but was the 5th GP2 bike to finish, which is a great result for the young rider in his first race on the new bike.
The second Supersport race saw drama at the start for Ben. After completing the warm up lap, he had an issue with the bike whilst sat on the grid waiting for the race to start, this meant that Ben had to jump off the bike and delay the start. This meant another warm up lap but Ben had to start at the very back of the grid!! Things got worse for Ben during the race as he picked up 2 time penalties, this meant that 3 seconds were added to his total race time. After the time was added on Ben had a creditable 11th place finish but with four GP2 bike in front of him, he would be 7th in the Supersport class. Dan Jones had a steady race and came home in 13th overall and 6th in the GP2 standings.
In the Honda Talent Cup, young Sullivan Mounsey in his first race weekend qualified in 21st place and in his first race came home in 14th position to score 2 points and in the second race he was just outside the top 10 with a 11th place finish.
In Junior Supersport we had Zak Shelton taking part, he qualified in 8th place, once again the times were really close in qualifying and the top 14th times were covered by 1 second. In his first race he finished in 9th but only missed out on a 5th place finish by 0.4 of a second. In his second race of the weekend young Zak came home in 8th and scored more points for a solid weekend.
The final class to focus on is the Superstock 600. J&S have 4 riders taking part in this class. Taylor Fox Moreton who qualified in 22nd place on his new Kawasaki, next up was Louis Valleley in 18th place and then comes more Irwin brothers, first was Rhys who started from 19th position but brother Caolan wold start from 4th on the grid.
In the race unfortunately Taylor suffered a DNF, whilst Louis just missed out on a point by finishing in 16th place, but it was the 2 Irwin boys who were both in the top 10. Rhys crossed the line in 8th place but Caolan secured another podium for J&S by coming home in 2nd place.
So all in all a great weekend for the J&S backed riders with 5 podiums in total. That brings an end to the first weekend of racing but no rest for the riders as in a couple of weeks time they go out and do it all again this time at the Snetterton circuit over the weekend of 21-23rd August.
Until then, thanks for reading,