Hello and welcome to Alex's Blog, I will leave you in the very capable hands of Danny from our Leeds store - an avid BSB fan and our BSB correspondent to let you know how our supported riders are doing:
Well it was the first Bank Holiday weekend in May, and that only means one thing.....another race weekend at Oulton Park for the second round of the BSB Championship. Oulton Park is just round the corner from our mega store at Oakmere.
It was a mixed weekend weather wise and results wise with plenty of ups and downs for the J&S supported riders.
The action started on Saturday this weekend with the main races being held on Bank Holiday Monday. Free practice one on Saturday was the start and end of the weekend for Ben Currie. Ben unfortunately had an accident coming out of the Shell Oils hairpin, which resulted in multiple breaks in his left foot and also damage to the ligaments in his left knee. All at J&S wish Ben a speedy recovery and hope to see him back around the paddock and on his bike again as soon as possible.
His team mate Glenn Irwin also had a weekend to forget with set-up problems hindering his progress in qualifying and missing out on Q2 and started the first race in 24th position. In race one Glenn was making steady progress through the field when he had to pull into the pits with a technical problem. Glenn went back out to get more track time on the new ZX10 but couldn't complete the race and retired on lap 15.
In race two Glenn's luck didn't fare much better. Whilst making his way through the pack and closing in on championship points, Glenn overshot the Hizzy's chicane and dropped back to 27th place. He finished the race in 22nd place. Here's hoping Glenn and the whole JG Speedfit Kawasaki's team luck will change for the next round.
Joe Francis also had a mixed weekend, the local rider from Cheshire made it into Q2 for qualifying but couldnt progress any further and started race one from 18th place. Race day for Joe started with a crash in morning warm up, with a wet track Joe had a big crash and completely destroyed his BMW S1000RR. That left his team with a massive job to try rebuild the back with only hours until the first race. Somehow they actually did it but on the warm-up lap Joe had to pull over as a fluid leak meant he was unable to start race one.
In the Superstock 1000 class we had Levi Day who was racing
for the In Competition team on the Aprilia RSV he qualified in 12th
position, his team mate Lewis Rollo was just in front of him on the next row
and started in 10th place. Joe Collier on his CDP Kawasaki started
in 14th place. Joe is finding his feet with a new team and bike for
this season so we are sure the results will come soon enough. It was Billy
McConnell who put his OMG Suzuki on the front row in 3rd place.
Only one race for the Superstock class this weekend and indifferent results for our riders and their teams, Levi Day came home in 21st place, his team mate Lewis Rollo came home inside the top 10 and crossed the line in 7th position. Joe Collier had a great result and rounded out the top 10 to cross the line in 10th. More data for the Leicestershire rider and his team and Joe said that he was gaining more and more confidence with each lap. Billy came home in 5th place and again gaining more championship points, Billy was frustrated that the gap between himself and the leading group was so big. No doubt they will be working hard for the next round.
In the Supersport 600 and GP2 class we had Josh Owens racing with the GP2 machine, he qualified in 8th place, in the first sprint race Josh had a brilliant result and crossed the line in 7th place but was the 3rd GP2 machine to finish which meant a trip to the podium for the Liverpool rider. The second race was not a happy ending for Josh as he suffered a DNF. Ross Twyman is making small steps with the new Kawasaki 636 Supersport machine, he qualified in 23rd place. In race one Ross came home 19th overall but 15th in the Supersport class. Race two Ross finished in 28th overall and 19th in the Supersport class.
The final class in which we had supported riders taking part in is the Superstock 600. We had Elliott Williams starting from 32nd but he only managed 3 laps during the qualifying session. His team mate Louis Valleley started from the 5th row in 14th position and the final rider we have is Taylor Moreton just a row behind in 17th place. Elliott was the only rider not to improve on his starting position as he suffered a DNF on lap 8 but Louis managed to gain 3 places and finish in 11th place. Taylor had an eventful race and finished in 9th position and added more points to the ones he gained at the previous round.
That's all for this weekend, the next stop for the BSB championship is Donington Park for the third round which is a triple header and takes place over the weekend of 24th-26th May.
In the meantime with have the North West 200 coming up, so keep a eye on our social media channels for updates and some information on that event.
Until next time, thanks for reading.
Thanks Danny! Until next time, stay safe everyone,