Second podium of the season for Mossey and Quattro Plant Kawasaki

Second podium of the season for Mossey and Quattro Plant Kawasaki

Luke Mossey gave the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team plenty of reasons to be cheerful at Assen on Sunday when the Royston rider took third place in the second British Superbike Championship race, his second podium of his rookie season. As in previous rounds, the 22-year old was in excellent form all weekend at the Dutch circuit and took a strong seventh place in qualifying despite slipping off in the closing stages of Saturday afternoon’s session.

2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R10, Assen, Holland. 19th September 2015. Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki

2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R10, Assen, Holland. 19th September 2015.
Howie Mainwaring-Smart, Aylesford, Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki

It put him in a good position going into Sunday’s opening 18-lap race and it started well as he slotted into sixth place at the end of the opening lap. However, on lap five his race came unstuck when he ran into the gravel and ultimately had to retire from the race. He more than made up for it later in the day though.

The second race was cut to 15 laps due to rain falling although when it did eventually get underway, the majority of the field, including Luke, were on slick tyres. The first few laps were tricky to negotiate and although he found himself in ninth at the end of the first lap, by as early as the fourth lap, Luke was up to fourth. This soon became second and although eventual race winner Josh Brookes pushed him back to third at two thirds race distance, he successfully withstood all challenges to take an excellent third place.

The result sees him maintain ninth place overall in the Championship table but, crucially, he’s now only eight points behind seventh placed Richard Cooper in the race for the BSB Rider’s Cup.

2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R10, Assen, Holland. 19th September 2015. Luke Mossey, Cambridge, Quattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki

2015 British Superbike Championship, BSB R10, Assen, Holland. 19th September 2015.
Luke Mossey, Cambridge, Quattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki

Pete Extance, Team Owner: “After showing great promise in practice and qualifying, Luke’s first race turned into a bit of a disaster. Both he and Howie opted for the harder rear tyre and it proved to be the wrong option as both riders struggled for grip which ultimately saw both of them retire.”

“Conditions were very sketchy for the second race but Luke started brilliantly and battled his way to the front, riding brilliantly throughout. He rode an extremely sensible and superb race for an excellent third place finish and with the next round at Silverstone being a similar type of circuit and one his favourites, it bodes well and we’ll definitely be hoping for more of the same. For Howie, it was a tough race as he struggled to find his way through the traffic and he unfortunately just missed out on the points in 16th.”

The penultimate round of the series takes place in two week’s time at Silverstone, Northants.

Pictures by Tim Keeton – Impact Images Photography

MCE British Superbike Championship – Race One (18 laps)
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Michael Laverty (BMW)
4 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki)
5 John Hopkins (Ducati)
6 Richard Cooper (BMW)
DNF Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki)
DNF Howie Mainwaring Smart (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship – Race Two (15 laps)
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki)
4 Richard Cooper (BMW)
5 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki)
6 Christian Iddon (Suzuki)
16 Howie Mainwaring Smart (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki)

Championship positions after ten rounds
1 Brookes 603pts
2 Byrne 575
3 Ellison 562
4 Laverty 523
5 Bridewell 515
6 Linfoot 509
9 Mossey 134
15 Mainwaring Smart 72

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