KNOCKS AT KNOCKHILL
A tougher weekend at Knockhill for Scott and our Premium Motorhomes entered team. FP1 on Friday morning was dry as Scott headed out to start his 30 minute session. An early crash at the fast turn 7 left him stuck at the other side of the circuit but with some help from Mrs Claridge, he got the bike back to pit lane but the damage to it and his leathers was too much to continue.
After a major rebuild (thanks PFR for the excellent bars and brake protector) Scott was out again in FP2, setting the fastest standard lap and putting himself in a good place for Qualifying on Saturday morning where he was out at the front of the pack and quickly settled into a consistent rhythm, going faster than his lap record from last year. With 10 mins to go, he got caught up with an open bike at turn 1 and went down at high speed into the gravel trap. Scott was fine but the bike was extensively damaged and required some major work.
Thanks to Gary Wilson for assessing the damage and to our friend Lou for lending us his bike to allow Scott to make race 1. Our trusted mechanic and helper Ryan plus Richard and Sandy from the Microlise Cresswell Team helped with a major transplant job but we ran out of time to change the forks over and Scott made the grid after 2 hours of speedy work for the 18lap race one.
He hit the front early and held this position despite the front forks being way too soft. Unfortunately another rider crashed in front of him, pushing him down to second place which he held to the line. Saturday night gave us the opportunity to swap over the rest of the suspension and brakes etc plus do some engine mapping. Scott missed morning warm up as it started to rain heavily whilst he headed to pit lane. It had virtually dried by the time Race 2 started in the afternoon. Scott was 4th Standard on the grid but made a great start and quickly passed all three in front of him in the first lap to start to pull away to gap the pack by a second.
Then the result of the crashes and major work caught up with us and the quickshifter linkage came apart. Scott came down pit lane and we managed to get it back together but with the gear lever at a bad angle. Scott was a long way behind but started lapping 0.5 secs faster than the leaders. He was in 9th place when it started to rain and the red flag came out.
Not the result we wanted but in the circumstances, 27point and still second in the championship with 5 rounds to go was down to a great team effort (and great help from Team Cresswell and Gary Wilson). Thank you once again to all our friends and sponsors; without you this would not be possible. Scott heads to Donington next weekend for the British Talent Cup, as part of the World Superbike paddock.