Mossey content with British Superbike battles in Assen
PUBLISHED: 07:04 07 October 2016
Luke Mossey was in reflective mood after two titanic battles at Assen in round 11 of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
The 24-year-old from Royston finished seventh and fifth in the two races at the Dutch track on Sunday, which saw all the title contenders vying for the top spot.
In race one Mossey had the perfect start on his Quattro Plant TECcare Kawasaki, leaping from fourth on the grid to second by the end of the first lap.
He then made the pass on Shane Byrne on the Be Wiser Ducati to lead the race for two laps before Byrne got back in front.
Byrne was closely followed by JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders James Ellison and Leon Haslam, who pushed their way in front.
Tyres issues on lap 12 saw Mossey slide behind Michael Laverty and Dan Linfoot and with the bike slowly losing grip, he ended up in seventh at the chequered flag.
Race two saw Mossey starting from fourth again on the track and he soon found himself in a back and forth battle with Ellison and Linfoot.
And in the final few laps, after losing a place to Byrne, Mossey got back ahead of Ellison to finish fifth.
Mossey said: “I was feeling really confident and eager to get going. I got a great start [in race one] and was pushing hard.
“We were all locked in a huge battle. It soon became a seven-bike dice for the win. I think on nearly every lap I was changing positions and it was a really good race.
“For race two we changed the front tyre to the harder compound to see if this would be a better option.
“It was really close racing and I was locked in another battle for the entire race but everyone seemed very evenly matched and it was tough to make any passes on people.
“I pushed hard and was happy with the pace I was setting throughout the race.”
Next up for Mossey and his team is the season finale at Brands Hatch on October 14-16 and the Royston man is eager to get to his “home track”.
“I can’t believe the next stop is the last race of the year,” he said. “But I am really looking forward to it as I ended last season on a high there.”
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