DONINGTON TALENT CUP WORLD SUPERBIKES
The team have just returned from Donington World Superbikes where Scott competed in round 3 of the British Talent Cup. After the ups and downs of Knockhill BSB, Scott was ready to make amends. Friday was busy as the programme requires that all of the practicing and qualifying is done on that day.
There is little scope for recovery, both physically and for bike repairs in the event of a crash. Scott took the day in his stride, having to go out on the spare bike after his developed an oil leak at the start of FP 1. He was second in that session despite not practicing the week before as some of the older competitors had (you have to be 16 and older to ride on track days with a race Licence). The FP2 and QP sessions took place in the evening and were separated by a one hour break. We stayed down pit lane and fitted new tyres and after a relatively calm FP2, Scott got down to business in qualifying, destroying last years lap record to clinch pole from the older Seabright. Saturday saw a late start with the race scheduled for 4pm. It rained heavily from lunchtime and stopped an hour or so before Scotts race.
The initial decision was to race on wets but a late change saw a change to new slicks in pit lane. Scott came back from the warm up lap and reported wet patches but a dry line most of the way round. He got a great start and set off cautiously, settling into 4th for a few laps then worked himself into the lead, breaking the lap record despite damp patches around the circuit. Second placed Seabright crashed out on Lap 10 at Redgate. Scott went on to win and held onto the race lap record despite those wet patches around the track which pleased the rider coach. Sunday’s Race was also late in the day and started in perfect conditions.
Scott made a great start and settled into a lead but it was obvious something was amiss. We had trouble starting the bike on the grid and it wasn’t pulling out of the corners as in race 1. That being said, Scott had good corner speed and was able to hold his own until a slight error at Foggy Esses allowed Horsman past and this meant Scott wasn’t able to run the corner speed he needed. He finished third and was disappointed but still leads the championship by 21 points from Horsman. When we stripped the bike later, the airbox had come apart. These things happen and Scott didn’t complain.
Overall though, a good weekend and with half the rounds completed, he heads to Snetterton in two weeks for BTC, then onto Brno, Cadwell and the finale of the championship at Silverstone for the MotoGP. Repair work continues on his Motostar bike (thank you Charlie and the team at Malton Laser, fantastic welding job on the chassis).
Thanks again to you all for your help, support and friendship this year, we really appreciate it.