Hi everyone, here's my round up from this weekend action which came from Cadwell Park for the 8th round of the British Superbike championship. The round was billed as the ‘Party in the Park' Cadwell Park is a fan and rider favourite with it's tight and narrow twisting sections, plus the notorious ‘Mountain' where the bikes actually leave the track and go airborne for a matter of seconds.
The J&S riders were light on the ground this week with a few of the guys nursing injuries from the previous round at Thruxton. Andy Reid was missing due to having an operation on both of his wrists. David Allingham was missing due to injuries to a few ribs and also breaking his hand. Luckily David didn't need a operation to the hand. Ross Twyman sat this round out due to cracking 2 ribs and being knocked out.
Fingers crossed both Ross and David will be back for the next round at Silverstone. It may take a little longer for Andy to heal up as he had damaged both his wrists.
On to qualifying and the luck didn't get any better for our sponsored riders.
In the Motostar class young Taylor Moreton was out in free practise on Friday morning and was unfortunate to have a high side crash at the Gooseneck section of the track, which resulted in him breaking both his feet. Fingers crossed he heals up quick and is back in action for the next round.
In the Superbike class we had both of our riders taking part this weekend. Once again Cadwell Park was a new track for Gino with its tight and narrow layout, but he was improving with each lap and session. Gradually building pace throughout the weekend. This resulted in him making Q2 in qualifying and posted a time which meant he would start from 18th place on the grid.
Luke Mossey was also building up his pace over the weekend and stated race one from 10th on the grid.
In race one Gino and Luke made a steady start but the pace was halted as the safety car came out on lap 4 of the race. So all the good work was undone. Gino was showing good pace during the 18 laps and finished in 16th place just missing out on a points scoring place. Luke came home in 12th place scored a few more championship points.
Race two and the bad luck continued, Gino had to retire on lap 6 with what looked to be a engine blow up, but fingers crossed he and the team will be working hard to rectify the problem before the next round.
Luke finished race two in 10th place but only just missed out on a 9th place finish by 0.184 of a second.
In the Supersport 600 class we had Jamie Perrin and Harry Truelove taking part this weekend.
Jamie started the sprint race from 6th position on the grid and was looking to build on some strong recent results. Harry qualified in 13th place on his Yamaha R6 and looking to improve on his time throughout the weekend.
In the sprint race on Saturday Harry had a solid race and consolidated his position and finished 15th overall but was the 13th Supersport bike to cross the line giving him 3 championship points.
Jamie had a good start to the race and was away with the leading group but the pace quickened and Jamie held on to a solid 5th place and another double figure points score.
In the longer featured race on Sunday Harry again, gained more time on his new bike and came home 16th overall but 14th in the Supersport class to make it a double points scoring weekend.
Jamie had sorted the problem of him being comfortable on the bike and felt more at ease on the R6. He once again was in the leading group and crossed the line in 7th place but 6th in the Supersport class. That's now 5 top 10 finishes in the last 6 races.
The final class was the Superstock 1000. J&S had Billy McConnell and Joe Collier in action this weekend.
The boys only had one race this weekend but first up was qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Joe had struggled to find the right set up all weekend but managed to start from the outside of the second row in 6th place.
Billy clocked a time of 1.28.393 which put him in 2nd place but was only 0.118 off the pole time.
The race on Sunday was action packed and shortened to 12 laps instead of 15.
Joe had a steady race and settled for a solid 5th place in the race and more points in the pursuit of the championship lead.
Billy broke away and was leading at the front, with Lee Jackson and Keith Farmer in hot pursuit. Billy slipped back into second place after making a small mistake. He was then passed by Keith farmer. But luck shone on the Suzuki rider as championship leader Farmer crashed out whilst in 2nd place. Billy crossed the line in second place to stand on the podium once again.
The championship is now really tight with Billy now leading and Joe in third pace, with Keith Farmer sitting in second after not scoring any points this time. The three riders are only separated by 8 points.
The season now has a short break until the next round which comes from Silverstone, and takes place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September. It's a triple header which means 3 races in the Superbike class and is the final round before the ‘Show Down' where the top 6 riders in the Superbike class split and only one of them can win the championship.
So until then that's all from me and thanks for reading.