Race Report

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Rd9 Motostar FINAL – Brands Hatch

Heading to Brands Hatch for the 3rd and final time of the 2018 season. Although the championship had been wrapped up by my team mate Jake Archer at the previous round … it was down to me to get Team City Lifting a 1st and 2nd in series!

With mixed weather forecast for the weekend – we started Friday practice sessions off with blustery gales across the GP circuit.

FP1 and FP2: Both sessions went without a hitch – just had to deal with the cross wind going into Paddock Hill bend down the hill, which was a little interesting! Took P1 in both sessions – and happy with the bike set up.

Qualifying: The Motostar class were first out on track, thankfully it was dry following a bit of rain overnight but the wind was still gusting! Heading out to dial in and get in the groove – I had already set the fastest lap of the session before coming in for a fresh rear tyre. Taking back to the track to I took the final qualifying pole position of the year.

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Saturday Race1 (10 laps): I had a good start but so did the others on the front row – having a close battle on the first lap. I retook the lead on lap 2 and ‘pulled the pin’ where I stayed uninterrupted to the chequered flag and a comfortable 3.4 second gap race WIN!

Sunday Race2 (12 laps): Oh such joyful weather it was for race2 …NOT!! Unsurprisingly it was declared a wet race – I think we would’ve had more fun on jet-skis but the show goes on… I started the race 2nd on the grid. I knew what I had to do and in these crazy wet conditions it was no easy task, as many riders proved it falling all over the place with standing water across the track. By lap 4 keeping an eye on my pitboard I was sitting in 2nd with a growing gap behind to 3rd. Taking the final chequered flag and my 13th podium finish of the season.

I had done it, securing 2nd in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship along side my team mate – and also No.1 rookie in class.

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Thanks to every single person that has been involved with TeamJJ and supported me throughout the year – I can’t thank you enough.

Now looking a head for a fresh challenge for 2019 – all I can say for no is that it will be on a BIGGER machine.

Final shout out to TeamJJ sponsors:

City Lifting

TranAm

Placid P. Gonzales & Associates

New Land Solutions

The Two Wheel Centre

Bering leathers

Falco motorcycle boots

Scorpion helmets

Silkolene

Spine sunglasses

Hel Performance

Supporting our chosen charity:  Willow Foundation

 

 

JJ podium Oulton

Rd8 Oulton Park – Motostar

Fully focused for the penultimate round, I had plenty of work to do to make sure TeamJJ hit our target of a top 3 championship finish!

Oulton Park presented some tricky racing conditions with the on and off wet weather, I don’t mind the wet as I can adapt my riding style pretty easily. Not that we can complain about the weather considering the blazing hot sunny season we’ve had to date! (I think we’ve had better weather than the Spanish championship).

Friday: Practice day, as it’s the 2nd time at the Cheshire track we already knew the dry set-up required for the KTM machine, the morning session was getting dialled in to the track! The afternoons FP2 session was a different story as the heavens opened for a full wet session, as the forecast was undecided we choose to head out to make sure we knew what to expect for a race. Also as I’ve not had much WET track time on the Moto3 was also a good idea… I forgot how much I love the wet and set the fastest lap for the session.

Saturday: Out first thing for qualifying the track was wet BUT drying – so with a 40 minute session I/we decided to wait! Leaving it for the last 20 minutes I went out on track with slicks – but there were still damp patches about, so not able to go full gas but happy to put a time in for 3rd and on the front row.

Race1: As we lined up on the grid – the clouds closed in! The race began as it started to rain – it was immediately red flagged and declared a wet race on lap 1 (shame to as I had a blistering start)… We all headed to the pits and changed to wet tyres and adjust settings that you can in the limited time before the restart. Back on the grid with the light rain fall – once again I took the lead.
I had wildcard rider Dan Jones (SymCirrus motorsport) on my tail all race long as my pit-board detailed nothing more than 0.7 behind – I pushed on to take the win, although I was not aware that we had built a 15 seconds gap to the following pack!

Race2: It was once again wet but drying conditions as we took to the grid, with the 5 minute board presented race control declared it a dry race and reduced laps from 12 to 10! A chaotic start on the grid, not ideal but the team helped me keep my cool as we switched over to full dry tyres (not a choice the whole grid took with a mix of dry rear and wet front). I was happy to go full slicks by the looks of the track the racing line was dry.
It was a group battle of 5 riders for the first few laps, I was sitting in 2nd up until lap 4 when I had a HUGE moment almost high siding out of my seat but managed to hold on and slipped back to 4th! I refocused and pushed on to regain 2nd behind Stacey and retook the lead on lap 6. We had a battle to the finish switching for the lead – as I took the lead for the final time as we crossed the line for the final lap. I held a strong lap to take my first Motostar double race WIN!

What a weekend – massive thanks to TeamJJ for the awesome support and BIG shout out to my Team City Lifting team-mate Jake Archer #2 for securing the 2018 Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

I’ve also secured a championship podium finish – but there is still the opportunity for a Team City Lifting 1 and 2 – as I have 11 points difference to gain and make this happen… Roll on the Grand Finale at Brands Hatch mid October

Last but not least thanks to all TeamJJ sponsors:

City Lifting

TranAm

Placid P. Gonzales & Associates

New Land Solutions

The Two Wheel Centre

Bering leathers

Falco motorcycle boots

Scorpion helmets

Silkolene

Spine sunglasses

Hel Performance

Supporting our chosen charity:  Willow Foundation

Photo credit: Burnout Media UK

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Rd7 Motostar – Silverstone

Off to our most local track, I suppose we can call Silverstone home! TeamJJ have tested here on numerous occasions – BUT there was a change of plan following the washout of MotoGP 2 weeks previously, those in charge decided that the National circuit would be a better option. A massive change from the 3.6 mile to 1.6 mile track – was a shame as I do love the long fast paced GP circuit.

Friday’s Free practice sessions went to plan – getting to grips with the short circuit and finding the best set-up for bike. It’s pretty much a mix of Thruxton and Knockhill – but flat!

Saturday Qualifying – Being first out on circuit and the change in weather to “damp” – was not the most ideal situation. The track was cold at about 12 degrees and wet makes for tricky conditions! I got out there and got to grips with the wet lines and came in to pit for a slight adjustment before heading back out for the last 5 minutes… Getting in my groove and taking POLE POSITION for what I felt a slick few fast laps.

Saturday Race1 (18 laps): The weather cleared up with the odd bit of sunshine – so back to the dry set-up and ready for race 1. I took full advantage of pole position with a good start and led the race for 4 laps – before the pack behind using the powers of slipstream to pass me. I was amongst a group of 5 riders up until a incident catching up with the back of the standard class racers, 2 crashing out. Left me to battle with my team mate Archer #2 and Stacey #79 – I was struggling to use the slipstream back on them, but pushing hard as we were switched places throughout the race… as it ended in a sprint to the finish line with Archer taking 1st Stacey second and I took 3rd all within 0.285 of a second.

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Sunday Race2 (22 laps): It was pretty much a carbon copy of race1 as – although with it being a longer race with extra 4 laps we caught more of the standard class riders. Archer managed to use to this to his advantage and broke away for the final 2 laps 1 second ahead, leaving me and Stacey #79 to battle for 2nd! It was a tough race and another great battle, we had plenty of praise from those watching on afterwards saying it was a spectacular race… I crossed the line 0.125 seconds behind to take 3rd and more importantly my 5th in row podium finish.

A great race weekend and MASSIVE shout out to TeamJJ and of course all you supporters – THANK YOU – either trackside or online messages YOU do not go unnoticed.  #JJ55

With 2 rounds left and plenty of work left to do it’s all go for next weekend at Oulton Park for the penultimate round and then the Grand Finale at Brands Hatch mid-October.

(photo credits: Burnout Media UK)

Last but not least thanks to all TeamJJ sponsors:

City Lifting

TranAm

Placid P. Gonzales & Associates

New Land Solutions

The Two Wheel Centre

Bering leathers

Falco motorcycle boots

Scorpion helmets

Silkolene

Spine sunglasses

Hel Performance

Supporting our chosen charity:  Willow Foundation

 

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Rd6 Motostar – Cadwell Park

It’s always exciting to head to my favourite track on the calendar – Cadwell Park.

There’s no denying my confidence was high following my results at Thruxton and that my riding style has clicked with the KTM machine.

As we’ve already been to Cadwell for a test day – the bike set-up was ready to go from the off.
FP1 and FP2: – All went to plan and was on the race pace with my team-mate Archer #2 – FP1 I took P1 and in FP2 was P2 with Archer taking the top spot to finish off the faultless practice sessions.

Saturday Qualifying: The summer weather was threatening rain but held off with a warm cloudy morning for the Moto3 machines to set themselves up for the grid. It was a clear cut battle between us Team City Lifting boys as to who was taking pole – with the rest behind near on a 1 second behind. Result in me taking pole position only 0.335 seconds ahead of Archer.

Race1:  Unfortunately this race ended prematurely on lap 9 of 12 after a crash between 3 of the standard class riders. It was a close battle with my team mate as we switched positions throughout as I took the lead and started to pull the pin on lap 8 only marginally ahead as the red flag brought a close to the race! Taking my 3rd WIN of the season to date.

Race2: It was a carbon copy of race 1 at the front with Jake and I able to break from the following pack – with wheel to wheel action with Jake and I looking like we had merged into one bike! unfortunately once again the race finished under red flag conditions with 3 laps remaining – Jake took P1 and I was happy with the 2nd step on the podium – taking another healthy 45 points towards to championship and moving up to 3rd!

Massive thanks to RS Racing / TeamJJ / Team City Lifting and all supporters and sponsors #JJ55

Please head to our respective sponsors page to find out more about those that support me.

 

 

Photo credit: Little Head Photography

 

JJ ahead

Rd5 Motostar – Thruxton

It’s like heading to a new track with a different bike – having only ridden at Thruxton in the previous year on the standard Honda!
I was looking forward to it as I knew it was going to be fasssst.

Once again the weather was blisteringly hot as the UK enjoys a great summer…. Oh and one tweak for my KTM machine – it’s now got the 2017 fairings on which should help all 6ft of me get tucked in a little better.

FP1 and 2 – All went to plan, got up to speed and on the race pace pretty quick and was enjoying the track time more than I usually do.

Qualifying was great, it was a Team City Lifting 1 and 2 – with me only 0.2 seconds behind my team mate Jake Archer #2.

Race 1 – It was a gruelling battle with 7 riders all gunning for the win, it was chopping and changing every lap, but it all came down to the chaos of the final lap.
There was strong contact in the final chicane with Paasch taking out Archer, as I also took a bump from the rear, I had nowhere to go and not able to stay on track and ended up cutting the chicane! I took the chequered flag and top step of the podium, but unfortunately due to an appeal and long meeting with race control they awarded me with a 1 second penalty which dropped my result to 2nd, annoying but I have to respect their final decision!

Race 2 – Some might say I had a point to prove! I was in the zone for that start and was my best one of the season to date – on the button in to the first corner and from there I stayed. It shows on the Eurosport TV coverage of the race as you don’t see much of me – apart from now and then noting the growing gap… I crossed the line 5 seconds ahead – I do have a note of thanks to my team mate Jake, who rode a fantastic race with an injured ankle he endured from race1 – his battling for the podium with 2 other riders would’ve assisted the gap.

JJ celebrate (photo credit Little Head Photography)

As always thanks to TeamJJ and all my sponsors and supporters #JJ55

JJ Crash

Rd4 Motostar – Brands Hatch

Following a very hot, muggy and overall frustrating weekend at Brands Hatch!

One of those weekends that just didn’t go the way it was planned … FP1  and FP2 – I took the time to get the right set up and feeling good on the bike to get on to the race pace.

The positive was I took 2nd in qualifying.

Race1 – Didn’t have a good start and found myself stuck in a pack of riders – eventually breaking free and pretty much a lonely race in 4th – gaining on 3rd and improving my lap times – caught up with the last podium position and over took – unfortunately the race was red flagged due to an incident and as such the race is adjusted to the last time across the line for positions! Having to settle for 4th.

Race2 – I don’t want to dwell on it too much as it was my fault and causes much frustration! I had a better start and was running with the front runners, with the exception of my team mate Jake who had pulled the pin and gone early. I was battling for 2nd position with 2 other riders … I made a minor mistake coming out of clearways on lap 7 and the front end just disappeared on me out of nowhere … well not no where into the poxy gravel pit!

The KTM machines can be pretty unforgiving at times.

Sorry to all of you and team – I have learnt a lot this weekend which is the positive to take away and ready to bring at Thruxton.

 

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Rd3 Motostar – Knockhill

TeamJJ make the 405 mile trip North across the border for the Scottish round at Knockhill – there was much speculation that the track was in great order following a complete track overhaul – new tarmac ready for 2 wheels burning action!

With the weather gods in our favour – which as I’m sure most will agree, it was an unusual forecast for the Scottish hills set for non stop blissful sunshine.

Friday FP1 and FP2: It all went to plan, we all know with the short 1.3 mile track the lap times are always going to be close.  Finishing the day in the top 3 and bang on race pace. Was happy with the set-up with a few little final tweaks we were ready for qualifying.

Oh and the track by the way was great – I only rode it once before last year and found it a real bumpy tricky little buggar … this was like  completely new circuit, all classes were going out each session breaking the lap records!

Saturday: – Qualifying: With a 30 minute session our plan was to head out on the already scrubbed tyre and get a good early lap time in and come in for a fresh rear for the last 10 mins or so and push for pole position – unfortunately not able to further my front row 3rd due to a red flag in the last few minutes and very busy sectors on track… but settled for 3rd and happy.

Race 1 (18 laps): Saturday afternoon continued to be a hot day. From the start I broke away with the other front riders as a group of 4 quickly gaining a 1.5 second gap from the field.

The pace was fast with the lap record being snatched near on every other lap from either of us at the front as we continued to battle for the race win. With 3 laps remaining I tried to pull the pin and took the lead of the group, which proved to be a tough task sifting through the back markers, on the final lap it came to be myself and team mate Jake Archer having a 2 horse race to the line, I completely missed the apex on the final corner not getting the drive I would want and missed the race win by just 0.055 seconds!!!!

JJ across the line

Sunday Race 2 (22 laps): Remaining 3rd on the grid from race1’s lap times, it was once again game on the final time of asking the Moto3 machines for the weekend. It was pretty much a carbon copy of race1 – taking part in a 4 group – soon to be 3 riders as McManus crashed out on lap 8. It was myself, Jake #2 and Storm #79 that continued to battle and once again sweep through the blue flagged back markers – unfortunately as I gained on a back marker quicker than I expected on slightly off the race line going into Clarks corner I lost the front end and crashed out on lap16… Absolutely gutted!

It’s a shame to miss out on championship points – as a racer you’re never going to settle for a safe position unless you’re miles apart and holding the guaranteed place. Yes it’s frustrating but it’s racing and it is also still early days in the championship with 6 rounds and 12 races to go… Lets do it #JJ55

Thanks to all of TeamJJ – Dad, Tony, Anna and Wes along with guest appearance of Jez to keep us laughing our heads off throughout the 5 night trip!

To all sponsors and supporters it does not ever go un-noticed – BIG THANKS for joining the TeamJJ journey.

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Rd2 Motostar – Oulton Park 2018

We arrived at Oulton Park early Thursday evening – to miss any potential heavy traffic ahead of the bank holiday weekend chaos! The whole of #TeamCityLifting headed into the paddock Friday morning to set-up ready for the long weekend, the weather forecast wasn’t wrong – we’ve never had such a sweltering hot race weekend topping the best part of 30 degrees…. shock horror for a UK Bank hols!!

Saturday: FP1 as always it’s about getting the bike set up and dialling in for the speedy park land track – not overly focused on timing but of course a factor to gauge on, being 2 seconds down in P7 a few suspension adjustments required. Ready for the afternoons FP2 session the track was warming up and so was I, getting near on race pace and in P5 with only 1 second more to find – which I had all the confidence to do just that.

Sunday: Qualifying was good finding my lap times dropping throughout the session – coming in for a fresh rear tyre for the last 10 mins. I didn’t find just that the 1 extra second – took nearly 2 seconds off previous times resulting in a 1:44.232 and P2 on the front row – just 0.2 seconds off my team mate Archer’s #2 pole position.

Race1 (10 laps): Not my best start, with the front wheel slightly lifting – all front riders gunning for the race line! I was running with the front pack and battling for the lead. By lap 5 Archer #2 and I were building a gap from 3rd, 4th and 5th! I took the lead from Archer on lap 7 as we headed into Hislops chicane, a mechanical fault struck as I felt my left handle bar move (only by an inch) but the shift put me off and took to the grass and hit/grazed the barriers – BUT managed to keep the bike up right and able to re-join the track but back in 6th, with a slightly damaged fairing and holding the handle bar in place on the left to keep it from moving – I wrestled with the bike and lost about 5 seconds a lap – I crossed the line in a point saving 6th.

Monday (14 laps): Holding P2 on the grid from race1 lap times – 2nd fastest lap (still in the 44’s). An on the button start off the line and first into Old Hall Corner, leading the pack down the Avenue, into Cascades, the fast tyre ripping Lakeside and Island Bend, taking the banked corner through the first chicane. Completely my fault, at the time I thought I had completely over-cooked the braking point going into Hislops and bailed out at the last second and took to the dreaded grass “again” – but rider error this time! Re-joining the track in 4th but had completely lost speed dropping to 6th heading up the hill section and 7 seconds adrift of the leaders.
A deep breath and pin point focus was going on under my helmet – as I grit my teeth and looked ahead at the battle I presented myself. To be honest I was that focussed on undoing my error the race became a bit of a blur. Watching my pit board with time gaps dropping to the riders I was hunting down – at one point there was 4 second gap for 3rd as I pushed hard and held consistent lap times. Gaining on Rendell #12 and over taking on the penultimate lap and crossing line 3rd taking the final podium spot.

JJ oulton podium

Overall Happy …but frustrating weekend – mechanical faults unfortunately can happen in racing, and rider error well that’s just plain annoying, sorry and won’t happen again! Still coming away with yet more learnt about the KTM machine and still a long season ahead. #JJ55

We now have an 8 week break before Rd3 at Knockhill – due to the road racing events and also Motostar not appearing in the Snetterton schedule due to the British Talent Cup – which is even more annoying as I do love the Norfolk circuit.

Photo credits – Burnout media

Thanks to everyone that came along to Oulton Park always great to have you there trackside. #JJ55

Especially to our TranAm ticket winner Lisa – was great to meet you.

With massive thanks to all TeamJJ sponsors:

City Lifting

TranAm

Placid P. Gonzales & Associates

New Land Solutions

The Two Wheel Centre

Bering leathers

Falco motorcycle boots

Scorpion helmets

Silkolene

Spine sunglasses

Hel Performance

Supporting our chosen charity:  Willow Foundation

Jack scott set up

2018 season begins!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit TeamJJ’s blog – please be sure to help and give it a share.

Firstly, you may have noticed that TeamJJ have moved within the British Superbike (BSB) paddock – joining RS Racing/City Lifting team for the 2018 season competing in the British Motostar Championship, moving up to the open class from our rookie year in the standard class. We still remain to be known as “TeamJJ”, we feel it’s the best move for Jack’s early career to take on the full powered 250cc KTM machine (GP motorbike), under the watchful eye and unsurpassed experience of Ryan Saxelby (RS Racing), what he doesn’t know about the Moto3 machines is just not worth knowing! Also new for 2018 – a team mate in joining Jake Archer #2  and we look forward to a great year as part of the established #TeamCityLifting

Team City Lifting bikes photo credit – Burnout media

As we arrived at Brands Hatch the race tingles of excitement began from the long winter break – Jack was eager to get on the bike for Friday’s free practice sessions. Understandably as come FP1 it would’ve only been the 3rd time he had swung his leg over the KTM! The only part of our off-season training that didn’t go to plan, track time on the Moto3 was limited – due to the lovely snow overstaying it’s welcome – resulting in cancelled track days. 2 days bike time was not exactly what we had in mind.

Friday: Jack’s confidence was not faltered – even with non favourable conditions at the Kent circuit with damp and cold conditions. FP1 was all about getting comfortable on the bike, so to finish up 4th fastest and not even 1 second off P1 was all good.

FP2 – Hitting the afternoons session with dry track conditions and plenty of rubber down. Jack was able to really put the hammer down, full throttle for the very first time on his Moto3. All riders getting into the groove and onto race pace times. Jack took P2 – with tight times with only 0.9 seconds separating the top 5! It’s shaping up to be a very exciting weekend.

Saturday: The weather forecast was thankfully completely wrong, with gorgeous welcomed sunshine gracing us with it’s presence. Qualifying commenced and throughout the session Jack’s pace was getting quicker and quicker – resulting in taking P1 late in the session with a blistering 48.7 seconds (a lap record but does not officially stand). With just over 3 minutes to go Jack tucked the front wheel dropping at Druids (pushing even harder), leaving a tense few minutes before confirmation he has secured POLE position.

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Race1: pole positionTaking to the front of the grid for the first time was extremely exciting, you could notice this from the team but for Jack he kept his cool and looked ahead, focussing on the infamous corner 1 paddock hill bend. All front row riders had a good start an instant pack of riders going into corner2 Druids hairpin – Jack had a moment getting wedged amongst the top 5 riders all gunning for the race line. Falling to the rear and trailing the front 4 pack – gaining throughout the race it was just not enough and crossed the line in 5th. Clearly Jack was not happy with the result – but a team talk and reassurance from TeamJJ. He knew what was needed for an explosive Sunday.

 

 

Sunday Race2: With grid positions adjusted from the previous race lap times Jack started P5 on row 2 of the grid. With an “on the button” start Jack instantly took to the front of the race joined with his team mate Archer #2 who re-took the lead, they both broke away from the trailing pack. With Brands Hatch Indy only being a short 1.2 mile circuit the leading pair soon found themselves weaving amongst back markers. If you have not seen the race we implore you search it up on Eurosport player – because if Carlsberg organised a first race weekend meeting then this would be it!! With Archer taking paddock hill wide on lap 17 of 20 Jack held the final laps calming to take the chequered flag for his maiden BSB career victory… As Jack arrived to an emotional mess of a team in the holding podium area.

burnout media photo credit – Burnout media

An amazing weekend to relish and build on – it’s a long season ahead with 8 race meetings to go #JJ55

Thanks to everyone that came along to Brands Hatch always great to have you there trackside.

With massive thanks to all TeamJJ sponsors:

City Lifting

TranAm

Placid P. Gonzales & Associates

New Land Solutions

The Two Wheel Centre

Bering leathers

Falco motorcycle boots

Scorpion helmets

Silkolene

Spine sunglasses

Hel Performance

Supporting our chosen charity:  Willow Foundation

If you would like to help support Jack please feel free to contact us: TeamJJ@jjracing.co.uk

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Rd12 Motostar- Brands Hatch

We return to the world famous Brands Hatch circuit for the Grand Finale of the 2017 season!

With a 12 point deficit for 3rd position in the Motostar standard class championship, it was all to play for…  As soon as we arrived in the paddock Thursday morning there was a buzz about the place – with joy and also sadness that it was ALREADY the final race of the year.

Amazingly for mid-October the weather forecast was very pleasant with a dry weekend and fairly warm for the UK.

FP1 and FP2 on Friday were good, the bike needed little adjustment to be on race pace from the previous round on the GP circuit.

Saturday Qualifying – Taking to the circuit with fresh tyres the lap times were tight battling for the front row in class. Having been called in by the pit crew for a 1 minute break and bike check,  I took to the track (in P4) for the remaining 6 minutes to bang in 1 out-lap and in 2 hot laps – Which resulted in P3 in class.

Saturday Race1 – With Cook#30 starting from the pit lane, which we later learnt he had hit the kill switch coming on to the grid from the warm up lap. I had a race long battle with Strudwick #2 with the group of riders 4 seconds or so behind. It was a great battle switching for the lead throughout from lap 6 to the end, which frustratingly I crossed the line 0.145 seconds behind for 2nd.

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Sunday Race2 – I remained P3 in class on the grid from the previous race lap times and had a blistering start taking 2nd position for the first lap! I over cooked a corner heading into sector 2 up the hill, scrubbing off far too much speed and finding myself back in a group of riders and in 5th. Having to push I caught up and overtook Atkins #56 for 3rd on the final lap for a full on race to the line… #Atkins got the better of the lap and took the final podium position and me having to settle for 4th.

Finshing 4th: Returning to the team after the final race of the year, we would be lying if we said that we weren’t slightly down not to come away with 3rd in the championship … BUT do you know what to finish 4th overall for Jack and TeamJJ’s rookie year in a professional paddock is pretty damn good. We ultimately had a target at the start of the season to finish in the top 5 and we have achieved that and only to miss out on 3rd by 24 points!!

Jack had 11 podiums throughout the year, which is a great achievement – and more importantly has also learnt a truck load of race craft. TeamJJ behind the scenes continued to learn about the bike and set-up right up until this final round… We won’t dwell on the uncovered suspension issue that came to light before the final race, I had been dealing with it ALL year and can’t go back and adjust it, unless any JJ55 fans have a time machine to hand?

To EVERYONE that has supported me this year here is a MASSIVE THANKS – if online or track side – feeling the love.

Of course TeamJJ these are ones I really could not do it without them – Dad (and Mum x), Tony, Wes, Anna, Lauren who have been there every round – and my little cousin Leo – ALL giving mega amounts of support.

The final shout of the year to our company sponsors – who we hope to continue to work with for 2018…

Amber Motorhomes

Liberty Bishop

Silkolene

EBC Brakes  

Revo Sunglasses

Two Wheel Centre 

Placid P. Gonzales & Associates 

– Mercury Hearing

-Pirelli

-Ohlins Suspension 

Hel Performance 

All Photo Credits: Hairy Beast Pix