A mixed weekend at Oulton Park saw Luke Mossey finishing in the points following an exhaust failure which took him out of race one.
An early indication of the pace came on Saturday’s Free Practice sessions, with Mossey posting impressive times to move from P8 in the first session to P4 in the second. In qualifying the boys made it safely through Q1, but both fell foul of traffic in their attempts to extract the fastest time from their machines.
Race one saw Elliott & Mossey line up alongside each other on the fourth row of the grid, with Josh starting P10 alongside Luke in P11. With a clean getaway and both riders closing in on riders in front of them, it appeared as though another strong first race was on the cards.
It wouldn’t be a season without some mechanical drama however, unfortunately this time it was Luke Mossey on the receiving end after showing promising pace behind the RAF Kawasaki of Ryan Vickers. A component within the exhaust system fracturing and forcing him to pull the bike into the pitbox for the team to take a look at the audibly ‘V4-esque’ sounding Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Lining back up on row four for the second race, both riders held their positions on the initial shake-up and looked quick, with Luke in particular all over the back of Farmer. However, as the tyres wore, both riders began to drop pace and ended up slipping back out of the top ten, despite long battles with the likes of Linfoot, Andrew Irwin and Ray. Both OMG riders ended up scoring valuable championship points, with Mossey finishing P14 ahead of Elliott in P15.
Luke Mossey #12 – Bennetts British Superbike – Championship Position: 8th
Race 1 – DNF
Race 2 – P14
“A frustrating weekend for us, we showed great potential in free practice and it just feels like there’s been a hurdle in front of us from qualifying onwards. We got held up by other riders and got bumped down to 11th, the exhaust failed in race one, so we had to change that for race two and the bike just didn’t feel as it did on Saturday. It’s frustrating, I mean it’s no one’s fault and the team know that, everyone’s working so hard to get to where we need to be and to repay them with a 14th place is really frustrating, we’re so much better than that but we have a couple of weeks off now so we can regroup and we’ll be back stronger.”