Bad British Superbikes weekend for Royston's Luke Mossey at Donington Park
PUBLISHED: 16:05 21 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 21 September 2016
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Luke Mossey says he will put his catastrophic British Superbike Championship race weekend at Donington Park behind him as he looks to chase down his title rivals.
The Royston rider had to retire in race one because of technical issues and could only follow it up with eighth place to lose ground on the leaders with Assen, Netherlands – the penultimate round of the championship – up next in eight days time.
He now sits 79 points shy of championship leader Shane Byrne and wants to forget his Donington disaster before his Dutch voyage.
Mossey said: “We need to put this behind us and move on to the final two races of the season.
“I love Assen and I can’t wait to get there and hopefully push for another podium.
“I must thank all the team for their help and support this weekend and sorry we couldn’t turn it into two good race results. Roll on Assen.”
The 23-year-old entered round 10 of the championship in great form after securing a career-best second place at Oulton Park to secure a showdown spot for the remaining three rounds of the season.
However, he endured the worst possible start to the day.
In the first race the young rider was slow at the start and dropped to ninth. He managed to claw back a place by the end of the first lap and was looking to keep up with the race leaders.
On the third lap Mossey discovered he had braking issues with his ZX-10R and had to retire from the race.
It was all hands to the pump to make sure the bike was race-ready for round two.
Due to only completing two laps in race one, Mossey hadn’t had the chance to set a really fast lap time, which is how the starting grid positions for race two are decided.
He had to settle for a position on the fourth row of the grid and in 10th.
Mossey dropped to 11th at the start of race two but was able to claw back two places by the sixth lap.
By the time he got clear, the front-runners, and other showdown contenders, had pulled away and he was unable to catch them.