KRYSTAL HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK AT KNOCKHILL KRYSTAL Racing Space Air will be looking for better luck this weekend as the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship heads to Knockhill in Scotland. Following a ...
KRYSTAL HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK AT KNOCKHILL
KRYSTAL Racing Space Air will be looking for better luck this weekend as the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship heads to Knockhill in Scotland.
Following a problem-hit trip to Mondello Park in Ireland a fortnight ago, team rider Lee Jackson (22) is confident he and his Yamaha R1 can be back on the podium as the series heads for the hills.
The 32-year-old from Lincoln endured two difficult races at Mondello, where he could only manage a best finish of fifth. But he is determined to put it all behind him as he strives to challenge for a top three finish on Sunday afternoon.
"Ireland was a disaster but it's over and done with and it's on to Scotland now to see if my luck is any better north of the border," he said.
"Knockhill is a challenging circuit, it's pretty much at the top of a mountain and it is a very physical track to ride. We've got 25 laps of it too, so it is generally one of the toughest races of the season.
"I've not got the greatest track record at Knockhill, but I'm determined it will be a change of fortunes this weekend. After Mondello I slipped from third to fifth in the championship, and I want to get moving back up the points table this week.
"It's going to be a hard weekend I think but I'm looking forward to it, and fingers crossed I'll come home with some silverware!"
Team-mate Paul Veazey (33) is due a change in luck after finishing way down the pack in both Mondello races by no fault of his own. Veazey, 21, of Middlesbrough, was caught out twice by accidents ahead of him, forcing him to take evasive action which saw him miss the carnage, but end up languishing way down the pack.
But the 2005 Superstock Cup runner-up fears Knockhill will be a tough one. "I've never liked it, the track is so twisty and tricky that I've never really been physically strong enough to wrestle a thousand around there.
"Everyone has one track they don't like and this is mine. I'm still desperate for my first points of the year so I will be going all out to get them this weekend.
"I'm fitter and stronger now than I've ever been, so this could be the year when I can actually have a good shot at the race. Knockhill is a track we tend to just visit once a year, and who knows what difference a year can make?"
Team Owner Tony Astle believes his riders will, as ever, do the best job possible. "After Ireland the pair of them have got a few scores to settle, so who knows, we could have a very good trip up there," he said.
"A lot of it will depend on the weather. At the moment it looks like it could be a dry day for qualifying but wet for the race on Sunday, so I think we're just going to have to go out there and suck it and see. Both the lads will do their best as they always do, and we never ask anything more than that."
Meanwhile Gary Jackson (19) is preparing for a double-header in the Superstock Cup series this weekend. The championship, which didn't run at Mondello, returns after a month-long break.
Gary, 36, the elder brother and mechanic of Lee, is lying sixth in the championship, and will be chasing as many points as possible this weekend on board his Newell Plumbing Krystal Racing Yamaha R1.