A great return for OMG to the Bennetts British Superbike paddock after the testing weekend at Donington saw OMG Racing Suzuki’s dynamic duo Luke Mossey and Josh Elliott deliver two double points finishes and return to the top of the Suzuki throne. In a weekend that had it all weather-wise, Mossey battled his way to the fringes of the top 10 and crossed a big technical hurdle which had held the team back in previous rounds!
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The predictably unpredictable weather played a huge role across the weekend, but the weather was surprisingly sunny for Free Practice 1! The OMG boys started off strong, with P14 for Luke as the team began looking for that elusive ‘sweet spot’. Changes were made, cups of tea brewed and Mossey came out fighting in FP2 – pushing his GSX-R1000 up to P9 by the end of the first day.
Day two brought different challenges, as the weather changed from rain to sunshine, back to rain… it felt like every time we went on track the rain came back! No time to admire the inaccuracies of the MET Office weather forecast though – the Brands Hatch crowd came for a show and Mossey headed out to grab more track time, finishing FP3 in P11.
Race one on Sunday arrived and along came the rain… and then the sunshine. A fully wet Brands became an almost bone-dry Brands as the race progressed, but both Luke and teammate Josh Elliott battled their way up and down the order as everyone attempted to handle the changeable conditions. Starting from P11, Mossey produced a fantastic fightback after being pushed wide at druids by Farmer on the opening lap, enjoying a good scrap with BSB veteran Ellison before a charging Glenn Irwin bumped him just out of the top 10 with two laps to go.
Starting P8, the onus was on more points to add to the weekend’s haul, and the Luke delivered another points finish for the team, with some fantastic racing against the factory machines. With less than a second separating P10 to P14 for most of the race, Mossey produced a stunning set of last lap moves to squeeze past both Honda’s, very nearly taking that elusive top 10 finish off Glenn Irwin. The gap at the chequered flag? 0.061!
Two P11’s for Luke and for OMG it’s another benchmark weekend that sees them leave Brands with the two top Suzuki riders in the championship and plenty of new ideas on how to keep developing the GSX-R1000 ahead of the long trip to Knockhill.
Luke Mossey #12 – Bennetts British Superbike – Championship Position: 14th
Race 1 – P11
Race 2 – P11
“A positive weekend if I’m honest, we’ve come away with two 11th places – little bit frustrated we didn’t come away with two top tens, but all the boys are working really hard and we’re really not far away. We’ve cured this chatter problem that we’ve had the last two rounds and that’s unearthed another area to develop but like I said, we’re really not far away. Everyone’s working their butts off so the results are coming I’m sure of that, I feel really confident in myself and the bike is generally really good so all credit to the OMG team, we’ll look forward to Knockhill and hopefully keep improving there”