Luke Mossey will want to put his weekend of racing at Oulton Park firmly behind him.
After a strong qualifying session on Sunday (6 May), Mossey had set himself up in sixth place on the grid for Monday’s first race. However, race day would tell a different story as a string of events followed which ruined the young rider’s weekend.
Race one in the Bank Holiday sunshine saw Mossey start strongly and firmly holding sixth place. However, six laps in to the race at the Cheshire circuit, disaster struck. As Mossey was coming out of Druids he lost the front end of the bike and the tyre tucked up and sent him off the track. Thankfully despite a trip to the medical centre, he only suffered bruising.
Mossey’s JG Speedfit Kawasaki team worked tirelessly to get the rider back on track for race two, which they did. Starting eight on the grid there was still a glimmer of hope that a strong finish was possible. Although three laps in, Mossey was forced to return to the pits and retire from the race due to a brake problem.
Speaking after the race, Mossey said: “It’s been a really disheartening weekend. It was a struggle to find the right set-up, but the team worked hard throughout for me to feel comfortable.
“Come race one I was happy. I knew I didn’t have the pace to compete with the front runners, but I felt happy with the lap times I was putting in. Everything felt to be going quite well and then I came off at Druids, one of the fastest corners on the track. Thankfully despite being a bit bruised I suffered no major damage.”
Even though it was a disappointing weekend for Mossey personally, he still had nothing but respect for his team.
“Everyone worked so hard to get the bike fixed for race two but I suffered a brake problem early on and was forced to pull in the pits. I hope to get some testing done between now and Snetterton and re-group for there and come back stronger,” concluded Mossey.
There was a brighter note for the team as Mossey’s teammate Leon Haslam took the double win, meaning the team can leave Oulton Park with positives to take from the weekend’s racing.
Next up for Mossey and his team is Snetterton on 15-17 June, where they will look to make up for a weekend to forget.