Hi and welcome to the latest round up of action from the British Superbike Championship, first of all let me recap on a little bit of action from a few weeks ago.
The World Superbike Championship was taking place at Donington Park and the Superstock 1000 riders were also racing there with a round of the domestic championship taking place over that weekend. This meant an extra race and another chance to pick up some valuable championship points for the J&S backed riders. The guys have already been to Donington once this season on the shorter National circuit, but for racing for this event was taking place on the longer GP circuit. Billy McConnell was resting up and trying his best to heal up his stomach injury. Lewis Rollo qualified in 21st, Levi Day 12th, and Joe Collier in 16th
Lewis unfortunately had a DNF, his team mate Levi Day came home just inside the top to with a 10th and Joe Collier just missed out on the last points scoring place by coming home 17th
On to the action that took place this weekend at Snetterton, 6 rounds in and the championship is starting to take shape. Red hot weather greeted the riders all weekend which meant near perfect conditions for the riders.
In the Superbike class Glenn Irwin was missing this weekend after picking up tonsilitis which then turned into a eye infection which affected his vision and made it all blurred. But we still had Ben and Joe racing. Ben was building up pace over the weekend and still getting used to being on the bike after his foot troubles, he made it into Q2 but started the first race of the weekend in 18th place.
Joe on the other hand had plenty to look forward to as this was his first race weekend aboard the 2019 BMW S1000 RR. He was just in front of Ben and started from 17th on the grid for race one.
On to race one and mixed results for the J&S backed riders, Ben was making progress through the field but unfortunately ran wide and on to the grass and slipped down through the pack. Ben was also having issues with his recently injured foot, he was still having it drained to get rid of some fluid and blood after each session. He came home in 19th place.
Joe made up places in the race and came home just outside the points in 16th place. Just one more place would have meant that Joe would have scored his first championship points.
Neither Ben nor Joe finished the second race, but both for different reasons. Ben was instructed by his team not to start race 2 due to the pain in his foot and Joe had to retire due to a technical issues. But it’s a new bike and it will take a few races to iron out any issues that they have.
In Supersport 600 we had Ross Twyman racing this weekend. Josh Owens was sitting this round out due to the injury he picked up in the last round. Josh is doing well in his recovery and has managed to start cycling on a static bike and is aiming to return for the next round.
Ross struggled over the weekend with set up issues and qualified in 21st place. Ross had two difficult races and retired from both of them.
We had a full complement of riders taking part in the Superstock 1000 race this weekend as Billy McConnell was back from his appendicitis and stomach operations. He was on the pace from the word go and qualified in 3rd position and started from the front row. Next up was Levi Day on the IN Competition Racing Aprilia, he started from 11th place and just outqualified team mate Lewis Rollo who was in 13th place on the grid. Joe Collier started from 18th but he and his team are hoping that they have turned the corner with the new Kawasaki ZX10 RR.
In the race Joe finished in 17th place and again just missed out on the last championship point. Lewis made a great start to the race and was in 4th place by the end of lap 3!! He and team mate were caught in a mid field battle along with 4 other riders. In the end Levi came home in 7th place with Lewis behind in 10th, but 7th to 11th place were covered by 1.5 seconds as they crossed the line!!
Billy came home in 4th place and just missed out on a return to the podium in his first race back. UnfortunatelyTaylor Mackenzie just pipped him on the final lap to take the final podium place.
Taylor Moreton and Louis Valleley were racing in the Superstock 600 class. Taylor qualified in 21st place for the race and Louis started the race from the outside of the second row in 6th place. But the races were a contrast of the qualifying positions. Taylor made his way up the field all the way to 14th place but Louis slid down the field after making a bright start and finished just behind Taylor in 15th position.
The last rider is Joe Duggan who was racing in the Junior Supersport races. Joe qualified in 29th place for the first race of the weekend. Joe had a DNF in the first race but picked himself back up for the second race of the weekend and crossed the line in 24th position.
That’s all from me for now but be sure to check back for the next round up of action which comes from one of the faster circuits on the calendar Thruxton and takes place over the weekend of 2nd– 4th August. So until then thanks for reading.