Another British Superbikes Championship podium for Royston’s Luke Mossey
PUBLISHED: 16:11 10 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 10 August 2016
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Royston rider Luke Mossey claimed another podium in round seven of the British Superbikes Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday, moving him up to seventh in the championship standings.
Riding his Quattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki, the 23-year-old threw down a marker in qualifying on Saturday when he posted the fastest time which saw him on pole for race one on Sunday. However, it wasn’t easy.
During second qualifying, Mossey’s throttle cable snapped and he was unable to continue.
He managed to coast back into the pit for his team to work on his ZX-10R race bike with just three minutes of the session remaining, giving Mossey just enough time to set a flying lap.
Mossey had a fantastic start in race one and led for the opening seven laps creating nearly a second gap between him and Tommy Bridewell in second. However, Mossey’s team-mate Filip Backlund crashed heavily which brought out the safety car.
When the car returned to the pits Mossey had lost his advantage and dropped to fourth.
He could not see a way through, then on lap 19 of 20, Bridewell crashed out promoting Mossey to third and another podium place.
Mossey said: “I pushed hard and was gaining time. After the safety car came out I lost my rhythm and dropped several places. But I continued to push for the rest of the race and was rewarded with a podium.”
In race two Mossey finished seventh after the safety car came out and the race was extended to 22 laps.
He was sitting in fifth until the final lap when he was overtaken by two rivals.
“My tyre was just done and had nothing left to give. It was spinning up out of every corner. And that’s why a couple of guys came past me on the last lap,” explained Mossey.
Overall it was a successful weekend for Mossey as he is now sitting seventh in the championship standings and is just three points from being in the top six and earning his place in the end of season shoot-out.
“It’s been a solid weekend, I’m over the moon with the podium in race one and we gained something this weekend. I’m looking forward to Cadwell Park, it’s a track that suits me,” Mossey concluded.
Round eight of the BSB championship takes place at Cadwell Park Lincolnshire on 27-29 August 2016.