Hello and welcome to Alex’s Blog,
For all of the supported riders updates I will leave you in the capable hands of Dan from our Leeds store, our official BSB correspondent!
“Hi and welcome to the first round up of this seasons British Superbike season. This season we have even more riders than last year. All the way from British Superbike class all the way down to the junior Supersport class.
Anyway onto the new season, new teams, new bikes, new riders and hopefully plenty of wins for the J&S supported riders.
In the Superbike class this season we have Glenn Irwin, Ben Currie and Joe Francis. Both Glenn and Ben will be riding for the J&G Speedfit Kawasaki team, they join the team who won the championship last year but it’s a brand new bike for this season so its going to take a few races to get dialled in. Also it’s Ben first season on a superbike so I’m sure that was a bit of a shock for him. Glenn joins the team after spending last season with Be Wiser Ducati, so it’s a different style of bike for him to learn. Joe is back aboard the BMW which he rode for the final few rounds last season but with the new 2019 model coming again it will be all new to him too.
In qualifying the superbike class was closely contested as usual and unfortunately, both Joe and Ben missed out on making it into Q2, with Ben starting the first race from 19th on the grid and Joe in 24th place. Glenn made it into Q2 but narrowly missed out on making it into Q3 and started from 15th place on the grid.
In the first of the 2 races it was action packed from the start. Bad luck struck the 2 Kawasaki riders as the were caught out in different accidents on lap 3 of the race. Luckily they both walked away and the suits and protective gear that they have been provided with did the job!!! Joe had a steady race and gained ground on the riders in front of him and finished in 21st place.
In the second race, again the pace was fast from the first lap with action all through the field. Joe made more progress during the race and improved on his race 1 finishing place to come home in 20th.
Glenn and Ben had more enjoyable races and both scored points for themselves and the team as Glenn came home in 11th position and Ben closely behind in 13th. The midfield was tightly packed with 7th to 13th place covered by 1.134 seconds, so it could have easily been more points for the Kawasaki riders.
In the Superstock class we have 2 returning riders and a new rider as well as a team who we back. The first returning rider is Joe Collier but this season with a new team, the CPD Kawasaki team. The other returnee is Billy McConnell but he also has a new team for 2019, he joins the OMG Racing team but again riding a Suzuki. A new rider for this year is Lewis Rollo, he’s riding for the In Competition Aprilia team, which is also the team who J&S will be supporting through the year.
The Superstock class is packed with over 50 riders. The qualifying session being split into 2 sessions, Joe qualified in 10th place in group A which meant he started the first race from 20th position on the grid, also in group A was Lewis Rollo, he finished in 5th place which meant he would start from 7th overall. Billy was in group B and placed in 2nd, this put him 4th on the grid for race 1.
The first race was split into 2 parts, Joe had a hectic start with 5 riders going down in front of him which meant he slipped down to 34th place by the end of the first lap. He worked his way back to 19th place by the end of the first part. Billy struggled the in first part with a brake problem and finished in 18th place. Lewis Rollo came home in 10th place with his In Competition team mate Levi Day close behind in 14th.
In the second part it was action again from the start Joe crashed out whilst in 12th place. Billy fought back to 7th place and scored his first points of the year. Lewis came home in 6th to add to his 10th place from the first part. Team mate Levi Day crossed the line in 13th
The 3rd race in the Superstock class was just as incident packed as the first 2 with a red flag being shown after the first couple of laps which meant a full race restart. Joe raced well and worked his way up through the field to finish in 14th place and secure his first points of the year. Billy came home in 10th after falling back a few places but he was in a group of riders who crossed the line close together. Those riders included Lewis Rollo who came home in 8th and Levi Day in 11th.
In the Supersport 600 class we have Ross Twyman on the Gearlink Kawasaki and Josh Owens on the GP2 triumph machine defending the GP 2 cup. The Supersport round was close. Josh qualified in 6th place and Ross in 22nd, the time difference between the 2 riders was only 1.1 seconds!
In the first race both Josh and Ross posted a DNF. With Josh being taken out by another rider on the first lap of the race.
In race 2 Josh’s luck didn’t change much with a DNF on lap 4, Ross on the other hand faired much better and crossed the line in 18th but was the 13th Supersport bike to finish which meant some championship points on his debut with the Kawasaki team.
Another rider from last season is Taylor Moreton who is racing in the Superstock 600 class. Taylor qualified in 6th place, also in the class this season are 2 new riders to the J&S stable with Louis Valleley and Elliot Williams. In the race Taylor had a great battle with 3 other riders, he came home in 5th place. It’s a great start to the season for Taylor. The group he was racing with from 4th to 8th place were separated by less than 1 second!! Lewis came home in 13th and team mate Elliott in 20th.
The last class was the Junior Supersport and we have Joe Duggan taking part in these races. He qualified in 29th place and finished both his races in 25th and 23rd place. Hopefully once Joe finds his feet in the class then his results will improve as all the riders are closely matched.
Well that’s all for this weekend but be sure to come back for the next lot of action from the second round which takes place over the first weekend of May which is held at Oulton Park.
So until then thanks for reading.
Thanks Danny!! Until next time, stay safe,