Hello and welcome to Alex’s Blog, which has been taken over by Dan from our Leeds store, for a detailed analysis of the J&S Supporter riders results from the weekend:
Hi and welcome to another round up of BSB action, this weekend it was a triple header coming from the Donington Park National circuit.
The J&S backed riders were out in full force this weekend but we did have two absentees. Ben Currie who is recovering after having a operation on his injured feet and Billy McConnell who has had a nightmare few weeks. Billy who raced at Oulton Park in the last round is suffering and recovering after having an operation to cure and remove a burst appendix. To make things worse Billy caught an infection after the op which meant another trip to the hospital and has just recently been able to get out of bed. Here’s hoping the two guys recover quick and back to full health pretty soon!!!!We send you our best.
In the Superbike class Glenn Irwin was looking to build on a successful outing at the NW200 last weekend. Things didn’t go to plan for the Kawasaki rider and he started the first race from 16th on the grid after missing out on progressing into the final qualifying session.
Joe Francis just pipped Glenn and started from 15th on the grid, Joe is building each race weekend and progressing with each session.
The first race of the weekend took place on Saturday shortly after qualifying. Glenn got away and was gaining places each lap. A gap grew with some riders being a few seconds further up the road. Glenn chipped away and closed down the gap by lap 19. A few more overtakes and Glenn came home in 9th place for his best result of the season so far in the BSB.
Joe Francis had a steady race and was battling with Brad Ray, David Allingham, and James Ellison, a great result for Joe who came home in 16th place and just missed out on a championship point but struggled with issues with the bike for the whole race.
In the second race things took a turn for the worse for Glenn, after a good start Glenn was getting into a rhythm but then slipped back down the field to 18th position. He then had to retire due to a technical issue on lap 14. Joe crossed the line in 19th place and only 2 seconds behind the rider in front.
In the final race Glenn finished in 11th just behind Luke Stapleford but he received a penalty after the race had finished for gaining an unfair advantage whilst a yellow flag was out which meant the 3 seconds were added to his race time which meant he ended down in 14th place. Joe Francis finished the last race of the weekend in 19th position.
In Superstock 1000 Joe Collier started the first race from 23rd on the grid, but it was the 2 IN Competition Racing Aprilia’s who were near the top of the time sheets. Lewis Rollo started from 4th but had a mishap after setting his fastest time by coming off at turn 1 Redgate on the start of his following lap. But his team mate Levi Day pipped him by 0.037 seconds to start from the outside of the front row the first part of race one.
In the first part of race one Joe gained 5 places to finish in 18th and gaining more confidence with his new team. Levi unfortunately dropped back a few places and finished in 8th with team mate Lewis Rollo just behind in 10th. Part 2 of race 1 saw Joe gain more place and crossed the line in 12th position. Levi Day finished in 10th and this time Lewis got the better of his team mate to cross the line in 9th.
In the Superstock race on Sunday, the conditions were sketchy to say the least with rain falling throughout the day but a dry line appearing at some points on the track. Joe had a hectic race and a little bit of MX riding thrown in for good measure. He somehow managed to save what could have been a massive highside which meant a trip across the grass for Coalville rider. Levi Day crossed the line in 6th position and added more points to his tally. But it was Lewis Rollo who stole the show, taking the lead after the first few corners, the young Scottish rider was adding 1 second a lap to his lead and was in front by 3.2 seconds by the end of lap 4. Controlling the race he backed off a little and took the race win by over 3 seconds. It was his first race win of the season and showed his maturity to control the race in difficult conditions.
In Supersport 600 and GP2 Ross Twyman started from 14th place and Josh Owens from 8th place. The whole grid was closely packed with the top 15 riders within 2 seconds of each other.
In the races Josh suffered a DNF in both races after suffering a high side coming out of the last corner and then a crash on lap 3 in the second race. Ross faired better and in the first race came home in 8th overall and the 6th Supersport bike in the race and in the second race again he finished in 8th but this time was the 7th Supersport bike to finish
Superstock 600 and we had 3 riders in races this weekend with Elliott Williams starting the first race from 28th with his team mate Louis Valleley starting from 14th, Taylor Moreton was the highest qualifier by starting from 12th place. In the race Elliott had a DNF finish. Louis slipped back a few places to finish 18th with Taylor coming home in 9th and adding to his championship tally.
The final rider was Joe Duggan in the Junior Supersport class. He started his first race from 34th. In both race Joe gained places to come home in 28th and 30th place in his 2 races.
That’s all from me for this round, the BSB takes a small break now for the small matter of the Isle of Man TT races. Here’s wishing all the riders taking part come home safe and sound after the 2 weeks of practice and racing. I’ll be back with the next round up which will be after the 4th round, which takes place at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit over the weekend of 14th-16th June.
Until next time thanks for reading,