Hi everyone and here's a bonus blog from me about the weekends action from the World Superbike championship which took place at Donington Park.
J&S had two riders taking part, with Gino Rea and Luke Mossey both making wild card appearances.
Gino was taking part with his BSB spec OMG Racing Suzuki which was lacking few of the electronics that the full factory teams use, it would have been at a huge cost to the team to implement all the electronics in such a short time needed to make his bike up to the full World Superbike spec. Gino and the team were using the weekend to test themselves on the world stage and then gain more valuable track time and experience with the new Suzuki they use.
Luke was riding with the Pedercini Racing Kawasaki team, he will have had the full electronic package that all the other World Superbike teams use, so it will have been a bit of a culture shock to have all the trick toys at his disposal.
After torrential rain during free practise one the boys were mixing it well with the world regulars and didn't look out of place at all.
Unfortunately both guys missed out on taking part in Superpole 2 which determines the starting grid for the first race.
Starting from 16th for Luke and 23rd for Gino they had a tough job on to make a impact at the front of the pack.
Gino unfortunately had fuel issue with his bike but he still managed to bring his bike home and finish the race, Luke came home in a creditable 17th place which is no mean feat considering that it was his first ever race on the world stage.
In the second race despite starting from 16th place on the grid, Luke came home in a incredible 14th place and scored 2 championship points.
Meanwhile, in the OMG Racing camp it was all hands on deck before the second race as they had an electrical problem which affected the throttle. The team were working right up until the last minute to get Gino's bike ready. Somehow they managed it and Gino was on the grid for race 2!!! He came home in 19th place. It might not sound a lot to some people but it's a great effort from Gino and his team considering it was a BSB spec bike he was on and also they have only had a hand full of races together.
That's all for now, and until the next round of domestic action which comes from Snetterton in July. The TT has started now and it's practise week this week and then it's race week. Let's hope all the riders come home safe and sound from one of the worlds greatest race tracks!!!