British Superbikes title the aim for Royston's Luke Mossey
PUBLISHED: 11:55 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:55 15 February 2017
The 24-year-old sensation from Royston may not have a race win under his belt after two terms in the championship, but he is gunning for glory from the first race weekend at Donington Park on March 31.
Mossey and 33-year-old Leon Haslam, last year’s runner-up, are the JG Speedfit Kawasaki pair hoping to lead the way.
Speaking exclusively to the Crow, Mossey, sixth last season, said: “We want to be one-two from round one.
“The bike is good enough and there’s no excuses why we can’t be one and two in my eyes.
“Last year we were hoping to get our first race win, but for some reason that didn’t happen.
“We had numerous rostrums, but we couldn’t get that elusive first win, but I’m feeling really confident going into this year. Our first aim is to get a race win under our belt and we are also going for the championship.
“We should be fighting for wins every week, especially being in a factory team now, you can’t let off as there will always be someone looking to replace you, it’s harsh but it’s the truth.”
Having Haslam added to the line-up is a major boost.
“It’s nice having someone like him in the team,” said Mossey, a former Greneway and Meridian School pupil.
“He’s been around a lot longer than I have racing at this level so he’s bringing a lot of experience and wealth to the team which is valuable.
“We got on really well at the first test, obviously at the moment it’s all happy families, but as soon as we come to the race meetings I’m sure there is going to be a bit of rivalry but that’s healthy.”
Mossey is loving life in the championship and has great support from friends and family back in Royston.
“It’s been really good, a lot of my friends watch it, we have a big family and they have always been behind me,” he said.
“Racing in England they can come to a lot of the rounds, whereas, hopefully one day we want to be in the World Championships, but it will be harder for friends and family to come, but it’s really good.
“We have worked hard to get to where we are, it’s not just come with a silver spoon in our mouth so now we are finally here we want to do the best job we can.
“My dad has always said ‘we are not here to make the numbers up’ we want to win as it’s too dangerous to be half-hearted.
“I’m happy to be here and we have, hopefully, a good 10-15 years ahead of us at the top of our game.”