Battered Robinson Misses Out At Oulton JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson's season of frustration continued in front of another bumper crowd at Oulton Park yesterday, when the legacy of a high speed practice crash left him in only 18th ...
Battered Robinson Misses Out At Oulton
JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson's season of frustration continued in front of another bumper crowd at Oulton Park yesterday, when the legacy of a high speed practice crash left him in only 18th place in round four of the British Supersport Championship at a bright and breezy Oulton Park.
After the pre-season testing accident which resulted in a broken collarbone forcing him to miss round one, and the subsequent handling and engine problems in the previous two outings, the 28 year old former 250cc British Champion from Holmfirth was hoping for a slice of good fortune at the Cheshire track and all looked to be going to plan until half way through final qualifying as he explained:
"We'd worked hard to get the bike ready for this weekend and it was all going really well when I was pushed wide at the Shell Oils hairpin and ended up crashing into the tyre wall. I banged my head and hurt my neck as well as damaging some vertebrae" said Robinson who ended up qualifying on row four of the grid.
The Bank Holiday Monday race saw Robinson circulating with the leading pack until the injuries started to take their toll and he slipped back to 18th at the flag after a brave ride on the Yamaha R6.
"I tried my best but it wasn't good enough and now I'm absolutely shattered. I was not 100% fit and it told so now I'm off to see my physio and to try to get fully fit for Mondello. The two week break is a good thing for me but we still have some work to do."
Team mate Paul Veazey qualified on row seven of the grid but any hopes that the Middlesbrough teenager had of his first points of the season were scuppered with wrist problems and he limped home in 25th position:
"I was getting shooting pains up my wrist from the first lap and I don't know what it was, as I was OK during qualifying. I'm very disappointed" said Veazey who like his team leader, will seek medical help to address the problem before the visit to Ireland later this month.
Robinson commented on his fellow JR Motosport rider: "Oulton is a very demanding circuit and although Paul is making progress, its crunch time now and we need some results. There are no excuses any more for either of us so we need to regroup and get focussed on the remainder of the season" concluded Robinson with typical Yorkshire bluntness.
Round five of the series takes place at Mondello Park in County Kildare, Ireland on May 23rd.
Supersport Race Result -- 16 laps
1, Karl Harris (Honda) 26m59.802s, 2, Michael Laverty (Ducati) +0.535s, 3, Jay Vincent (Honda) +9.880s, 4, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) +10.185s, 5, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +18.312s, 6, Leon Camier (Honda) +19.815s, 7, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +21.059s, 8, Craig Jones (Triumph) +21.478s, 9, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) +21.634s, 10, Adrian Coates (Suzuki) +24.856s, 18 Jamie Robinson (JR Motosport Yamaha) + 54.009s, 25 Paul Veazey (JR Motosport Yamaha) + 1:29.397
<pre> Supersport Championship Standings (after Round 4) 1. Michael Laverty Ducati 71 pts 2. Karl Harris Honda 70 pts 3. Jay Vincent Honda 59 pts 4. Pere Riba Kawasaki 51 pts 5. Luke Quigley Suzuki 45 pts 6. Simon Andrews Yamaha 40 pts 7. Craig Jones Triumph 35 pts 8. Kieran Murphy Honda 23 pts 9. Adrian Coates Suzuki 21 pts 9. Leon Camier Honda 21 pts 17. Jamie Robinson JR Motosport Yamaha 7 pts