The regular Bennetts British Superbike trek north of the border saw a double return to the top 10 for Luke Mossey, who registered his best results since the opening round and turn a corner in his 2019 quest for a place in the Showdown.
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Mossey, who after mentioning in his pre-weekend comments that he really enjoys coming up to Knockhill, showed exactly why he enjoys it. Starting the day with P7 in FP1, he then spent most of FP2 rounding off the podium places before being bumped down to P5.
Day two brought different challenges, as the weather changed and the heavens opened. After a dry FP3 where the boys placed themselves comfortably in the midfield pack with Luke in P14, the team began to set-up for a dry qualifying session. If only we knew what was to come – rain. A lot of it. Qualifying was a total washout, with the session delayed for almost two hours as teams considered if converting the bikes to jet skis might be the optimal setup. Just as it looked like we might not get any action, a brief dry spell gave us chance to get underway and post some tentative lap times. The rain continued to pour throughout the session, but both Jossi and Mossey handled the conditions incredibly to bring both machines home, Luke in P12 and Josh in P22.
As the lights went out for the first time on Sunday, slick tyres on a wet track had exactly the amount of grip as you can imagine – none. But as the pack began to tiptoe round the first few laps it was clear the dry tyres were the correct option, and by lap three a clean line appeared around the track. Luke enjoyed a close fought battle for the majority of the race with Championship pacesetters Bridewell and Redding, before settling in to P7 in pursuit of Ray. With around 5 laps to go, it looked like the move was a certainty, but as Mossey’s rear grip deteriorated he had to settle for where he was, ahead of Brands Hatch double winner Brookes.
In race 2, Mossey again started from P11 whilst Josh managed to move himself a bit further forward, starting just two rows behind his teammate in P17. Luke returned to battle his Brands Hatch rival Forés in his quest for a second top 10 finish of the weekend. Following a technical problem for O’Halloran and a crash for race 1 victor Buchan, Brad Ray’s engine blowout brought a spectacular end to the session in a literal puff of smoke, all of which left Mossey sitting P8.
Luke Mossey #12 – Bennetts British Superbike – Championship Position: 11th
Race 1 – P7
Race 2 – P8
“Really positive weekend, we came here open minded with quite a big change and it paid off. We’re definitely going in the right direction and the OMG Suzuki team are working so hard to get us where we need to be. 7th and 8th doesn’t sound amazing but honestly, it’s a big step, the start of the season has all been about finding a setup that suits me and I think this weekend has been a real big breakthrough for us. Big thanks to the team and next up its Snetterton, my local circuit and home round, so we’ll keep working and hopefully be even closer to the front there.”