JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey had another tough day of racing at the penultimate round of the BSB Championship in Assen, Netherlands this weekend, despite the best efforts of him and his team.
The rider finished 14th and 15th in the two races, but the results were largely out of his control from the start as he was hindered early on.
Mossey began the weekend well with strong results in the free practice sessions, but the racer’s troubles began in Qualifying. His bike sustained an electrical fault and he was forced to retire from the session before being able to set a competitive time, seeing him 17th on the grid for race one.
In the 18-lap race Mossey was able to push himself up to 14th and collect himself two championship points, a performance which saw him ready to start race two from 14th.
There was high drama as an early accident involving Dan Linfoot and Tommy Bridewell saw the safety car come out. Mossey was up the rankings, but as soon as the safety car returned to the pits, Tarran Mackenzie fell coming out of the final chicane. Mossey had to take evasive action to avoid both the fallen bike and Mackenzie, which saw him on the gravel dropping several positions. With only 14 laps remaining, Mossey was able to claw his way back from 20th up to 15th.
It’s been a tough season so far for the rider and he is hoping for some luck. “I just don’t know where to start,” exclaimed Mossey after the race. “This year just hasn’t gone my way at all. I had a problem with the bike in Qualifying so I had to start from 17th, and I struggled to make a pass on people despite reasonable lap times.
“I got a better start in the second race, but the opening laps were just full of accidents and drama; I had to take to the gravel to avoid Taz and when I re-joined I was right at the back. I just hope we can end the season on a high note at Brands,” he said.
Team Manager Jack Valentine was accepting of Mossey’s difficult weekend. “It’s been a tough weekend for Luke,” explained Valentine. “He had a problem in Qualifying so had to start further back on the grid, and he struggled to make up the places in the race. In the second race he had to avoid an accident, which dropped him to the back of the pack – there was nothing he could do,” he concluded.
The season finale is a triple-header, taking place on 12-14 October at the Brands Hatch GP circuit. Mossey is sure to be eyeing up a podium at what is one of his preferred racetracks in a bid to take something from this season.