Morning all, or maybe afternoon whenever the time is that you read this, but here's a summary of this weekends action from the third round of the British superbike championship.
Before I get into the action just a quick thank you to all the riders who turned up to our Oakmere store on Friday for the meet the riders day. It was good to get a insight into the life of a rider with some of the questions that were asked.
The riders started a day later than normal with the action starting on a Saturday due to the bank holiday. Through practice all the riders showed good pace and found a set up quite quick due to the test that was held at Oulton park the week before.
So on to qualifying on Sunday. In the superstock 1000 class it was a mixed day for our riders with Harry Truelove being with a new team and machinery I'm sure it took a while for him to get to grips with the changes but even so he did himself no disgrace and still managed to qualify for the race in 32nd place. Billy McConnell had a small crash during the session which halted his progress up the grid and ended up on the 4th row in 14th place. Meanwhile the two Aprilia boys were on the front row with Andy Reid qualifying 2nd and Joe Collier right behind in 3rd.
The supersport riders were busy on Saturday with both qualifying and a race in the same day. All 3 riders were in the top 10 for qualifying with Ross Twyman starting 9th, Jamie Perrin in 7th and David Allingham starting from 6th.
The race was a fast paced affair. All of the J&S riders held station in the top 10 but it was Jamie Perrin who finished on top and came home in a incredible 3rd place. That's 2 podiums now in his last 3 races. Ross Twyman crossed the line in 9th place in the Supersport class and David Allingham came home in 7th and again scoring more valuable championship points.
In the Superbike qualifying session Luke Mossey put his Kawasaki on the outside of the front row in 6th place and Gino Rea just missed out on making it into the final session and ended up in 19th place. But again lets not forget it's a new track and a learning curve for Gino in his first year in BSB.
The youngest member of the J&S riders is Taylor Moreton, he was riding in the Motostar championship and also had qualifying and a race on Sunday. He qualified 7th in his class and came home a fantastic 5th place in class his race.
Onto Monday and once again the sun shone on the Cheshire track and beautiful conditions all day long.
In the one and only Superstock race we had mixed results with Andy Reid suffering a bike problem whilst battling for the lead and Harry Truelove coming home in a creditable 23rd place gaining 9 places from his starting position. Billy McConnell battled back from his starting place of 14th to come home a stunning 5th and adding 11 points to his championship total. But it was Joe Collier who came home 2nd and gaining another podium finish. It was the smallest of margins that stopped Joe from finishing first, the gap from 1st to 2nd was 0.062 seconds!!! Joe also managed to set the fastest lap of the race too!!!
The second Supersport race was again mixed for the J&S riders with both Jamie Perrin and David Allingham failing to finish due to bike problems but I'm sure both teams will be working hard during the summer break to fix these. Ross Twyman came home 6th and added more points to close the gap to the guys infront of him in the championship.
In the Motostar class Taylor Moreton finished 6th in his class and scored more points and gained more experience at such a young age. He has now scored points in each race that he has taken part in.
The Superbike races were challenging to say the least. Unfortunately Luke Mossey recorded a pair of DNF's after crashing in the first race and then having to retire with bike problems in the second race. Gino Rea came home in 13th place in the first race and then in the second race whilst looking on pace in the midfield he came to grief and crashed out whilst in a points position.
The season now takes a little break whilst the small matter of the Isle of Man TT races take place, but I'm sure all the teams and riders will be working hard on fixing problems and pushing hard for the next round which is on the 15th - 17th June at the Snetterton 300 circuit.
You'll hear from me for the next round-up,