Tough weekend for Mossey at Donington
Luke Mossey and the Quattro Plant TECcare Kawasaki team had one of their toughest races yet over the weekend in round 10 of the MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB).
Mossey had to retire in race one at Donington Park due to technical issues and could only finish eighth in race two.
The team arrived at the Derbyshire track in good form and full of confidence. They had a special livery in place for the Kawasaki ZX-10R bike to celebrate Mossey securing a showdown spot. The bike honoured 1970’s Kawasaki racing legend Mick Grant by recreating his paint scheme.
Mossey and the Quattro Plant team had the worst possible start to the day. In the first race the young rider was slow at the start and dropped to ninth. He managed to claw back a place by the end of the first lap and was looking to keep up with the race leaders. On the third lap Mossey discovered he had braking issues with his ZX-10R and had to retire from the race. “I was looking forward to race one and getting involved with everything. I had a bad start and as I was on the SC1, the harder compound tyre, it was hard to keep in the running. I knew I just needed to settle down and work hard. I got passed [Michael] Laverty and then went to brake. I pulled the lever back but there was nothing there, I had no brakes but luckily there is run off at Donington and I didn’t crash out. I was forced to pull into the pit lane and retire from the race,” said a visibly disappointed Mossey.
A mechanical failure for the Quattro Plant TECcare team is very unusual. The bike rarely suffers from issues during a race weekend. It was all hands to the pump and the team worked hard between the two races to make sure the Kawasaki was race ready.
Due to only completing two laps in race one, Mossey hadn’t had the chance to set a really fast lap time, which is how the starting grid positions for race two are decided. He had to settle for a position on the fourth row of the grid and in 10th.
Mossey dropped to 11th at the start of race two, but was able to claw back two places by the sixth lap. By the time he got clear, the front runners, and other showdown contenders, had managed to pull away and he was unable to catch them. “I dropped a long way back on the grid for race two and certainly knew that I would have my work cut out, especially running the SC1 – they become stronger towards the end of the race as the softer tyres start to go off. I pushed hard but I wasn’t happy with the result I achieved. It wasn’t a good weekend at the office as far as the races and results are concerned,” he explained.
The next race sees the BSB series take to the Assen TT circuit in the Netherlands for the penultimate round of the championship on 30 September-02 October. Mossey feels he’ll be able to regain the points he believes he’s lost. “We just need to put this behind us now and move on to the final two races of the season. I love Assen and I can’t wait to get there and hopefully push for another podium. I must thank all the team for their help and support this weekend and sorry we couldn’t turn it into two good race results. Roll on Assen!” Mossey concluded.