What a weekend! This was the hardest I’ve ridden all year! Oulton Park is a very physical circuit and the competition in this round was incredible and arguably the best field so far in this year’s Thundersport GB GP1 and Superstock 1000 series!
The relief of pulling out a 4th and a 5th felt good but a false neutral and a small slide from the rear on Saturday in race two cost me a podium. I cannot beat myself up about it as I really enjoyed the racing.
I qualified in 5th which surprised me as I haven’t done particularly well at Oulton Park in the past. Its a great circuit but very technical and my time of 1,41.7s was already 1.8s underneath my personal best so I was content with the 3rd row.
Race 1 turned out to be a really good race. I made a good start but lost out on a couple of positions over race distance as I struggled on two parts of the track in particular and that was ruthlessly exploited by the competition. I knew however that I could improve for Race 2 so came home in 5th.
Race 2 was probably one of the most enjoyable races of my career. Every lap I learnt something new and settled into a good rhythm. I did let myself down on two occasions, once with a false neutral which gave away my 2nd place to Adam Shelton and a big slide approaching the start finish straight which knocked me back to 4th but, despite being slightly annoyed, the race was awesome!
Some have suggested it was one of the best races they’d seen in the class this year so I’m proud to have played my part!
All in all it was a positive meeting. I has to push really hard and relished the challenge so I can’t wait to get back on the bike for Team Arkoni at Rockingham in late July!