For the second meeting in succession, the weather played a part in the demise of JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson as a calculated tyre gamble failed which resulted in him failing to add to his points tally in round eight of the British ...
For the second meeting in succession, the weather played a part in the demise of JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson as a calculated tyre gamble failed which resulted in him failing to add to his points tally in round eight of the British Supersport Championship held at Knockhill in Scotland on Sunday.
After the deluge at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, Robinson and team mate Paul Veazey were hoping for a dry weekend following on from a number of developments to the Yamaha R6 in recent weeks but once again, the traditional Scottish weather delivered its full force meaning that Saturday afternoon's qualifying schedule was completely washed out.
Prior to that, in the only dry session of the weekend, Robinson had set 13th fastest time with Veazey back in 30th but as the bikes rolled onto the line for Sunday's race, a cloudburst deposited so much water onto the track that the race had to be delayed for two hours whilst a clean up operation was instigated.
By the time the Supersport competitors took to the track, a dry line was starting to emerge but with the risk of rain hanging in the air, it was a gamble as to what tyre combinations to use. Robinson, who finished fifth in similar conditions last year, gambled on a dry set up hoping that the track would continue to dry out but such was the amount of lying water in places, it proved impossible and another rain shower half way through the race meant Jamie, along with half a dozen or so other riders who had gambled similarly, pulled into retire:
"We were full of confidence going into the race but the weather put paid to my chances" said Robinson afterwards. "It was half dry and half wet so I figured it would dry as it did last year but for some reason, there was just no grip out there. I think that the track was much colder and the bike was wheel spinning everywhere and it was treacherous as I crossed the puddles and after a number of near misses, it started to rain again and I realised at that point it was fruitless. I wasn't racing, I was just riding around and that seems to be my luck this season. Now I'm forgetting about the championship, I'm just going into every race with the intention of winning, or at least finishing on the podium. Points mean nothing now" declared the 28 year old Holmfirth rider.
Team mate Paul Veazey opted for full wets which gave him a better chance but again his inexperience of four stroke wet weather riding hindered his progress but the Middlesbrough teenager courageously battled on to finish in 22nd place after 21 tortuous laps.
"I really struggled out there in those conditions and because it wasn't wet or dry, it was very difficult. I was really hoping it rained as we had a good wet weather set up but by the time we got out there, it had dried up a bit. I got a poor start and everyone was falling off around me so I though the best thing I could do was to bring the bike home which I did. There was mud and debris all over the place and I was just glad to finish" said 17 year old Veazey.
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Supersport Race Result
1, Paul Young (Honda) 21m56.004s, 2, Karl Harris (Honda) +9.226s, 3, Michael Laverty (Ducati) +14.689s, 4, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +20.875s, 5, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +21.005s, 6, Kieran Murphy (Honda) +25.234s, 7, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +28.888s, 8, Craig Jones (Triumph) +39.673s, 9, Lee Jackson (Honda) +40.033s, 10, Bob Grant (Honda) +42.484s, 22 Paul Veazey (JR Motosport Yamaha) + 2 laps. Jamie Robinson (JR Motosport Yamaha) DNF@ 12 laps.