Robinson Back in the Points at Mallory After two wet races in which he failed to add to his points tally, JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson took maximum advantage of the dry conditions to record a battling 13th place finish in round nine of...
Robinson Back in the Points at Mallory
After two wet races in which he failed to add to his points tally, JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson took maximum advantage of the dry conditions to record a battling 13th place finish in round nine of the British Supersport Championship at Mallory Park.
Having qualified on row four of the grid and less than one second slower than the pole position setter, Robinson had high hopes of a top ten finish and despite not getting a good start in the race, he started to make his way through the field around the tricky confines of the Leicestershire circuit. Soon, the former 250cc British Champion was inside the top ten and looking to home in on the leading bunch but in typical Supersport action, half a dozen other riders had the same idea as they battled it out over 28 action packed laps.
In the end, the 28 year old Holmfirth rider had to settle for 13th position and at the rear of the group which was covered by just over a second but was relieved to get some more points on the board for only the third time this season.
"That was another bloody hard race and I know I keep saying it, but the racing is so tough this year. I'm glad in a way I've scored some more points but disappointed that I didn't finish higher as I know I could have done but it's a step in the right direction" said Robinson afterwards. "The bike was working well and I feel as though I'm riding it a lot better now and it's all a lot more positive than it was earlier in the season. I'm really looking forward to Croft next month as we've tested there and got a good set up."
Team mate Paul Veazey had a mixed weekend of fortunes at Mallory and after posting his best qualifying position of the season, the Middlesbrough teenager was hoping to reproduce that form and to claim his first championship points of the season. Despite a good start and some promising lap times, the 17 year old suffered a recurrence of the arm-pump problems that plagued him during the early part of the season but still ended up in 19th place at the finish.
"Everything was looking good and I was feeling pretty strong but as the race wore on, I really started to struggle as I couldn't feel my arms. With all the heavy braking, the problems I suffered earlier in the year surfaced again and it was just a case of hanging on in the end" said Veazey who will be looking for a better result at his local track of Croft next month.
In the meantime, the JR Motosport team are hoping to ride in the one-off MCN Supersport Cup which takes place at the British Grand Prix at Donington this forthcoming weekend.