First round of BSB Superstock1000 at Silverstone didn’t go exactly as we hoped. Fp1 went well, quickly getting up to speed on the new tyre allocation specific for Silverstone. We made quite a few changes going into fp2 to help improve the lap time. Straight away it felt good on old tyres going quicker than fp1. We then chucked a new tyre in hoping for further improvements, unfortunately the bike kept cutting out on full lean. Missing most of the session. We managed to find a broken wire on the tilt sensor and repaired it, along with some more changes ready for qualifying.
Qualifying was always going to be difficult, with the times being so tight and over 50 entries. Not knowing if what we had changed was going to work, we tried to get stuck in straight away and the times were dropping, until the session was red flagged. After a short delay we were off again, eventually managing a new pb.
Due to the large number of entries the session was split into 2 groups, we were out first. Fairly happy with the progress, all we could do was wait and hope the lap time was enough. Unfortunately, on the very last lap I was knocked down to 41st, with only 40 on the grid meant I didn’t qualify. All I needed was 0.1 of a second and that would have put me about 4-5 places higher with only 2 seconds splitting 40 riders.
As always, we put a lot of effort into a race weekend, both rider and team. We made good progress in every session improving each time, but it is such a disappointment when you don’t get to actually go racing. At least the sun was shining, we hung around and watched some great racing.
Due to some withdrawals from injuries we got to race on Sunday. Lining up 38th on the grid, after making a great start and was up about 25th, but the race was stopped due to a massive crash. Made another good start in the restart and after a busy first few laps settled into the race, eventually finishing 25th.
We hope all the riders injured make fast recovery, there really was some nasty crashes this weekend.
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