Round 3 review – Brands Hatch
Luke Mossey and the Quattro Plant TECcare Kawasaki team had a positive weekend at round three of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch Indy. Luke secured his first ever pole position and gained a fifth and 10th place respectively in the two British Superbike races.
Luke was feeling confident coming to Brands Hatch this weekend and was eager to have two solid races after the disappointment at Oulton Park.
The 23-year-old from Cambridge was consistently in the top few positions during the practice sessions. He was sixth in the second and third sessions but was really looking forward to a strong qualifying session. The Quattro Plant TECcare team worked extremely hard to ensure Luke felt comfortable on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
The youngster put his mark down early on in the opening qualifying session and despite two red flags he was happily sitting at the top of the leader board. He followed that up with being quickest in second qualifying session and was eager for the final stage. He had to build up to a quick time and put in a fantastic lap time to secure his first ever pole position with a time of 45.275.
He got a good start in the first race and was into second by turn two and he made a pass on James Ellison for the lead and then the safety car was deployed. Luke continued to lead for several laps but struggled with a bit of confidence in the latter half of the race and dropped down to fifth where he finished after the 30-lap race.
His time in race one once again sat him on pole position for race two and he was eager for a good result. He got a great start and got the hole-shot; for the opening half of the race Luke was fighting for the win with James Ellison but his pace dropped off in the second half of the race due to grip problems and he had to settle for 10th.
Luke Mossey – “Everything felt perfect this weekend on my Kawasaki and I was really looking forward to a strong weekend. I wanted to make amends for Oulton Park and we found a really good set-up early on Friday which helped me massively.
I felt really comfortable on the bike and happy with the lap times I was producing throughout the weekend. Qualifying couldn’t have gone any better and it was brilliant to gain my first ever pole position, it was a credit to the team and how hard they worked.
I got to the front in race one and everything felt good, the safety car caught me a little off guard and I lost a bit of confidence when it pulled back into the pit lane and I dropped a few positions. I was happy with fifth and it showed we had made good progress from Oulton Park.
I was on pole again for race two and we didn’t make many changes to the bike between sessions as it felt good. I got a great start and was leading and having a really good battle with James (Ellison) for several laps. After half distance I just couldn’t get the grip I needed to push hard at the front and knew I was dropping back.
I didn’t change the way I was riding or anything but just couldn’t keep the pace I’d managed to have all weekend. I am disappointed with the second race result but really pleased generally with how the rest of the weekend went. The Quattro TECcare Kawasaki team worked really hard all weekend and I know we can continue to make progress through the year.”