Cadwell Park Race Report
After some steady points at Thruxton 2 weeks ago, we really needed to knuckle down, keep the pressure on and try to extend our lead in the championship table. In FP1 & 2 we were going out to get a good setup from the get-go, we knew we needed to work faster on setting the bike up and not just worrying about a lap time, it has helped that we did a test here earlier in the year and got a base setting to start with. With being P1 in FP1 and P2 in FP2 by 0.5 of a second to Billy we knew we had some work to do for qualifying, again my boys worked hard overnight and delivered me a bike that I could dig deep on and managed to pull pole position out of the bag with a 1.28.2, almost the quickest ever lap on a stocker around Cadwell Park.
Race day Sunday was a short day for us with a warm-up at 9:15 am and race at midday, so there was to be no heroics in warmup otherwise we would miss out on the race with not enough time to rebuild a bike if we had of crashed, but thankfully we didn’t. I got an ok start from pole and managed to stay in top 3 which was strange for me as I have been struggling with starting on the BMW RR1000 machine. I settled into my race and took my time to watch what the others were doing, with this Josh Elliott nipped by me for 3rd as Billy was out front and Lee Jackson in 2nd, a few laps later I knew where I was strong and passed Elliott down into Mansfield and then sat on the back of Jackson for a few laps as he then made the pass on Billy as he made a mistake through turn 1.
This then gave me the run on Billy into park corner which I made the move stick so with sitting on Lee’s tail I knew where I could get a run on him and again made the pass stick into Park corner on lap 10 of 12, not two corners later through the gooseneck I ran a little wide on entry, tipped into the left, clipped the kerb and lost the front, game over and the loss of 25 valuable points. Gutted as the boys had worked hard all weekend to give me the feeling I was after and we had a bike more than capable of winning and I threw it away, sometimes that’s just the way racing goes and it wasn’t meant to be for us on the day. Sorry to the team as I should have delivered a win to them, thank you to all my sponsors, family, friends and fans for all the support, we will be back stronger at Silverstone for sure and get back on track.