Rd7 Motostar – Silverstone

JJ close up

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.

jj silverstone podium

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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