BRITISH SUPERBIKES: Difficult Donington tests rising Royston star Luke Mossey

PUBLISHED: 13:20 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:16 03 April 2018

Royston's Luke Mossey battles it out at Donnington Park. Credit Tim Keeton

Royston's Luke Mossey battles it out at Donnington Park. Credit Tim Keeton

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Royston-rider Luke Mossey got his 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship campaign off to a solid start over the Easter weekend, leaving the East Midlands fifth in the standings.

Mossey had to battle tough weather conditions all weekend but took away a fifth and eighth place finish in the two races of the opening round of the season.

The weather conditions first started affecting Mossey when the qualifying session was pushed forward on Sunday. Despite close to freezing temperatures, the track remained dry and saw Mossey take second place. JG Speedfit Kawasaki teammate Leon Haslam took pole, meaning the perfect start to the season for the team.

The 20-lap race on Easter Sunday didn’t go as well as qualifying for Mossey as he found himself in a battle with Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot for fourth place.

With the pair trading blows right until the end, it was Linfoot who came out on top and Mossey had to settle for fifth.

Speaking after the first race, Mossey said: “I struggled with grip in the first race and just had to nurse the bike home in the best possible position I could.

“It was difficult in the changing conditions to get into a good rhythm.”

Race two took place on Easter Monday with the rider involved in another major battle with four others.

After starting the race positively, Mossey ended in eighth place.

Picking up a total of 19 points, Mossey leaves round one in fifth place in the championship.

Following the weekend’s racing, Mossey said: “I’m pretty happy with the weekend despite some issues that we suffered in the races. I am leaving Donington fifth in the Championship, it’s a long season and I’m sure we have more to come.

“It was good to get two solid results and all in one piece. I am looking forward to getting to Brands Hatch and pushing forwards.”

Round two heads to Mossey’s home track, Brands Hatch, and one where he has had success previously, achieving the double win last season.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki team and Mossey will now assess round one and be ready to race again on April 13-15.

For the latest follow Luke on Twitter @LukeMossey12.

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