British Superbikes rider Luke Mossey: I’ve broken my back and snapped my bike in two but I can’t wait for new season
PUBLISHED: 14:37 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:37 20 November 2017
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Layth Yousif paid a visit to Royston’s British Superbike rider Luke Mossey at his home in the town to catch up with the rising star.
Good-natured North Herts star Mossey took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his hopes for next season ahead of testing for 2018 in an exclusive interview.
Last season was a frustrating one for Mossey after an encouraging start but his love of the sport is as strong – if not stronger – than ever.
As Luke answers the door to his home the welcome is immediate and genuine. It is also reassuring to see him intently watching motorsport on his television before our interview started.
The down-to-earth Kawasaki-rider reviewed his year in which he started off with such high hopes, saying: “I had such a good start in Spain. We did some testing and it couldn’t have gone any better.
“We got a lap record, which was held by a world champions, on one of the circuits we tested on, so we knew we were in good shape.
“We got off to a flying start with a second place at the first round before winning the second round at Brand Hatch. That was our first win in BSB.
“It was brilliant. I’d worked my whole life, blood, sweat and tears for that moment, so to get it was a dream come true.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better week or a better start. We’ve never had a good start to a season before.”
After that round Luke finished third, was leading the championship and his prospects looked well-set for a season to remember – before he ruefully but matter-of-factly recalled: “Then we came to Snetterton, our local circuit and had a good weekend until the Sunday warm up.
“I fell off and totalled the bike.”
I ask this brave rider to define what ‘totalled the bike’ actually meant. He replied causally: “I snapped it in half. I was only going about 70mph but the bike hit the grass and dug into it.”
Team-man Luke’s first thought was for his team and the mechanics. “It was annoying because I knew it was going to be a big job for the team to get the bike ready in time for race one”, he explains.
“They built me a brand new bike in the space of three hours, which was a really good job.
“I just felt sorry for the guys because we’d done a lot of hard work over the weekend. The Sunday morning warm-up is never important at any round.
“Its purpose is just to get a feel for the bike and conditions.
“It was really frustrating. It was my fault, I wrecked the thing.
“We came away still leading the championship. It showed how strong we were at the start to come away leading the championship despite the crash.
“Then we came to Thruxton and I decided to come off and break my back in four places.”
It’s a sign not only of Luke’s mental strength he is able to talk about such an accident as well as the fact he worked hard to thankfully make a full recovery – but also because of the gallows humour that shines through his retelling of the awful event as he managed to laugh at himself.
See next week’s Crow for part two of this special feature.