Rd8 Oulton Park – Motostar

JJ podium Oulton

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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