Mossey turns a corner at Thruxton
PUBLISHED: 14:08 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 06 August 2018
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A delighted Luke Mossey feels back on top of his game after the latest round of the Bennett's British Superbike Championship at Thruxton.
The Royston racer has been hampered all season with injuries and bike issues but both he and his JG Speedfit Kawasaki team had some success at the Hampshire circuit.
Mossey started the weekend in the strongest position by finishing top of the free practice three timesheet.
And he followed that up by placing second in qualifying, a result which put him on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s first race.
The 25-year-old pushed on from the moment the lights went out and he led for the first 12 laps.
However, he was eventually caught as his tires went off and he finished the race in seventh.
Team-mate Leon Haslam took the chequered flag but Mossey set the fastest lap and was on pole for race two.
He was unable to break away from the pack in the second race but put in another solid performance to finish seventh again.
And he was pleased to have banished the demons from the earlier rounds of this year and also the memory of his horror crash of the previous campaign in Hampshire.
He said: “I know the results don’t reflect it, but I am really pleased with how this weekend went.
“As most people know I’ve had a tough year so far, but I really felt that we turned a corner here and I hope the rest of the season will continue to get better.
Team manager Jack Valentine was in full agreement with his racer’s assessment of the weekend.
“It was a good strong weekend for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team,” he said. “It was great to see Luke back where he should be: second on the grid for the first race, pole for the second race and fastest laps in both.
“Unfortunately he went a bit hard in the first race and lost the grip in the closing laps.”
He will look to continue the upward turn in form when he heads to Cadwell Park starting on August 17.
The team had strong results from a recent test session at the Lincolnshire track and will hope to be strong from the beginning of the race weekend.