OMG SUZUKI CONTINUES BSB POINTS HAUL AT OULTON PARK2019-05-09 13:36
OMG Racing’s Josh Elliott put in two more points finishes aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000 at the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, in the UK on Monday, with team-mate Luke Mossey in the points on his GSX-R1000 following an exhaust issue, which took him out of race one.
Although a bit of a dampener and mixed fortunes for the privateer OMG Suzuki team, following the elation at the opening round at Silverstone in April, where Elliott took the series lead, the team had pace and Elliott and Mossey now hold fourth and eighth, respectively, in the series.
An early indication of the pace came in Saturday’s Free Practice sessions, with Mossey posting impressive times to move from P8 in the first session to P4 in the second, with ‘Jossi’ in and around the edges of the top 10 across each session. In qualifying, both riders 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 and Mossey line up alongside each other on the fourth row of the grid, with Elliott starting P10 alongside Mossey 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 and unfortunately this time it was Mossey on the receiving end after showing promising pace behind the RAF Kawasaki of Ryan Vickers, and he was forced to pull out with an exhaust issue.
Elliott had a number of good battles with both Vickers and Keith Farmer, before a late charge from Championship rival Tarran Mackenzie moved him back to P10, where he was able to fend off Andrew Irwin by just 0.022 seconds.
Lining back up on row four for the second race, both riders held their positions on the initial shake up and looked quick, with Mossey, in particular, all over the back of Farmer. However, as the tyres wore down, both riders began to drop pace and ended up slipping back out of the top 10, despite long battles with the likes of Dan Linfoot, Andrew Irwin and Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray. Both riders ended up scoring valuable championship points though, with Mossey finishing P14 ahead of Elliott in P15.
Luke Mossey #12:
“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 has an issue 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.”
Josh Elliott #10:
“A very challenging day for us, I don’t know what to say really. We made a few changes to the bike that I thought were going to feel better and they didn’t, unfortunately. I felt a lot of chatter in race one and just couldn’t make any ground up. Then we made a big change for race two and the bike just didn’t feel right for me today. We’ll go back to the drawing board and figure out why there was such a big difference between here and Silverstone, and how we can get back to impressing at Donington. I think I’ll go well there; the circuit really suits my style and hopefully I can get myself back up on the box.”
Paul Curran – OMG Racing Team Principal:
“Bit of a different weekend this weekend from a results perspective but we’ve made steps forward with the bike again and learned some new things about it that we’ll find out only by going to different circuits. It’s a bit of a downer from where we were at Round One but if we look at it in reality, we still scored points with both riders which is the aim of the game – the more the better obviously.”
Alan Gardner – OMG Racing Team Owner:
“A tough weekend for the boys and for the team, but we’re still learning and developing our machines so ultimately there will be ups and downs throughout the season – that’s racing isn’t it? Oulton’s a tough track to master, so we’ll just have to come back and give it another go later in the year with some more sun, eh?”
OMG will return in a few weeks’ time to Donington Park with smiles on their faces to put on a show for the Bennetts British Superbike crowds!
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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