Hi everyone and welcome to the latest instalment of action from the British Superbike season. This was round 7 at Thruxton. Thruxton is one of the fastest circuits in the UK with an average speed of well over 100mph. A disused airfield with plenty of long, fast flowing corners and a chicane to end the lap that provides a perfect place for a last lap lunge to make a crucial overtake.
In the Superbike class it was all change for Glenn Irwin who left the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team by mutual consent and was swiftly drafted in by the Tyco BMW squad to rider the S1000RR machine. Ben Currie was back on the Kawasaki but Joe Francis missed both of the races due to an injury to his hand and wrist that he picked up during the qualifying session after he crashed out in the early moments of the session.
Glenn had a brilliant first outing on the BMW and made Q3
for the first time this season. He qualified on the outside of the 2nd
row in 6th place just behind his younger brother Andrew.
Ben went out in Q1 and started the first race from 23rd
position but is still building up fitness and confidence after his foot injury.
In race one a stone from a bike in front dislodged a faring mount and forced Ben Currie to retire from the race. Glenn had a steady race was not far from the top 10 all race. The amount of lines that the riders can take at Thruxton made it hard to defend a position. Glenn crossed the line in 11th and just outside the top 10 which is a great result for his first race on his new bike with the Tyco team.
Ben crossed the line in 20th place in what was a
mixed weekend for the Aussie rider. Here's hoping that his luck changes in the
Race 2 was shortened due to rain and was restarted over 13 laps. Glenn slid out at the final chicane, no damage to Glenn but as the bike was sliding across the track it caught fire due to an oil leak, and in turn leaves his team with plenty to do before the next round.
In Superstock 1000 we had Joe Collier who was down in 27th
place after qualifying, Lewis Rollo in 13th and team mate Levi Day
just in front in 11th but there was less than a tenth of a second
separating the 2 Aprilia machines!! But it was Billy McConnell who took pole
for the only race of the weekend with a lap time well under lap record pace. In
the race Joe made progress through the field and finished in 18th
once again just missing out on championship points. The 2 IN Competition
Aprillia's had a race to forget as they both crashed out on the same lap but at
different corners. Neither rider was hurt and they were able to walk away from
the crashes. Billy had a race long battle and was always in the top 5 places.
None of the riders in the leading group could make a break from the following
pack. In the end Billy was just pipped to 2nd place and came home in
a fantastic 3rd position. He was only 0.5 of a second behind the
race winner. A great result for Billy after what he's been through these past
Supersport 600 and GP2 saw Josh Owens make a comeback after sitting out the last round. It was always going to be a testing weekend for Josh as he is recovering from the foot injury he picked up a few weeks ago. Josh managed to qualify in 13th place overall. In the races, Josh had a fantastic couple of races and secured 2 podium finishes. In the first race he came home 11th overall but 2nd in class. The second race saw Josh cross the line in 10th overall but was the 3rd GP2 bike to finish. A great weekend for Josh and no doubt will be hoping to carry this form on at the upcoming rounds.
Ross Twyman unfortunately has parted ways with the Gearlink
Kawasaki team. Here's hoping that Ross will be back on the grid really soon.
Taylor Moreton and Louis Valleley were racing in Superstock 600. Taylor qualified in down in 16th place with Louis a few rows in front in 10th place. In the race Louis dropped back 1 place and finished in 11th meanwhile Taylor did the opposite and gained 1 place to finish 15th to clinch the final championship point.
The final rider we had racing was Joe Duggan, he started the
Junior Supersport race from 29th place. In the race Joe gained 7
places to come home safe and sound in 22nd place.
Also for those who are wondering about Glenn Irwin's suit, his new Frank Thomas made to measure suit is still being made in his Tyco colours. In the interim he wore a Frank Thomas Qualifier 1 piece suit stickered up with his sponsors. His new suit will be debuted at the next round.
That's all for now but it's not long until the next round,
which comes from Cadwell Park over the weekend of 16th, 17th
and 18th of August. So until next time thanks for reading.