KRYSTAL CHASING POINTS IN IRELAND KRYSTAL Racing Space Air head across the sea to Ireland this weekend, confident of returning home with a haul of points. After a break of almost a month, team riders Lee ...
KRYSTAL CHASING POINTS IN IRELAND
KRYSTAL Racing Space Air head across the sea to Ireland this weekend, confident of returning home with a haul of points.
After a break of almost a month, team riders Lee Jackson (22) and Paul Veazey (33) are looking forward to jumping back on board their Yamaha R1 machines as the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship hits Mondello Park for its one double-header event of the year.
Both riders are praying for dry weather following last year's wash-out, which saw the whole event cancelled on raceday after a three-day downpour. Both of the weekend's races will take place on Sunday afternoon, and with two qualifying sessions on Saturday, the team are set for a busy weekend.
Jackson currently lies third in the championship standings on 56 points, and having finally sorted out a set-up which works for him, the 32-year-old from Lincoln is keen to add to his points tally.
"I can't wait to get back racing again, it seems to have been a really long break and I'm itching to get moving," he said. "I'm feeling quite confident with the bike and I'm hopeful I can go well this weekend. Last year was a write-off so it has been two years since I raced at Mondello, and the bikes have moved on so much since then, it's difficult to know how we're going to go.
"I'm sitting third in the championship at the moment behind Hudson Kennaugh, but he's now moved into superbikes full time, so I need to capitalise on this. I want two solid finishes, I'm looking for two podiums and a win would be fantastic."
Meanwhile young team-mate Veazey is in an upbeat mood ahead of Sunday's two races. The 21-year-old from Middlesbrough has yet to finish in the points, but believes this weekend could be the turning point.
"I felt a lot happier with the bike at the last round at Snetterton, and we've done a little bit of tinkering with it during the break, and I think we'll have a decent package this weekend.
"I've not ridden a Yamaha at Mondello before, I've only ever raced 125s around there because last year's event was called off, so it's unknown territory to be honest. But I'm looking forward to it and am hoping I'll come home with my first points of the year."
Team owner Tony Astle believes both riders will be in good form this weekend. "We've had a nice long break and now we're all just raring to go, especially Lee and Paul. At the moment we're just hoping the weather is on our side, none of us want a repeat of last year, so we're keeping everything crossed that it will dry out before Sunday."