THINK! British Superbike Championship -- Rounds 9/10 -- Mondello Park, Ireland -- 22nd/23rd May Luckless Robinson Edged Out at Mondello JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson came to within a second of adding to his points tally after a race...
THINK! British Superbike Championship -- Rounds 9/10 -- Mondello Park, Ireland -- 22nd/23rd May
Luckless Robinson Edged Out at Mondello
JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson came to within a second of adding to his points tally after a race long battle in Sunday's round five of the British Supersport Championship but alas the Yorkshireman had to settle for another 18th place finish after a last lap dust-up saw him lose out following a magnificent eight rider battle at a warm and sunny Mondello Park.
Arriving at the County Kildare circuit 100% fit for the first time this season, Robinson was optimistic of another top ten finish aboard his Yamaha R6 and after some minor problems during first qualifying, he eventually planted himself on row four of the grid for the 16 lap race.
Knowing a good start was vital around the tight and twisty Irish track, Robinson launched off the line only to get involved in the first hairpin scrum down which relegated him amongst the chasing pack meaning he had a major fight on his hands.
The battle intensified as the race progressed as the scrap for eleventh place raged and the eight riders changed places frequently as they headed for the chequered flag. However, with just two laps to go and with some desperate moves being made, Jamie got shuffled out after some forceful riding from a couple of his rivals meaning he crossed the line at the tail end of the group, yet just over three seconds behind 11th placed Paul Young -- with whom he had diced all race.
"I rode as hard as I could but it's always the same when there's a bunch of you fighting, you end up costing each other time and that was indeed the case when I got pushed wide and it cost me half a dozen places. It was a bun-fight out there with bikes crashing into the sides of each other and a couple of such moves on me two laps from home ended any hopes I had of passing the riders in front on the final lap. But I'm in a lot better shape than I was before and whilst we still need to find the final two or three percent from the bike, we are not far away" said the 28 year old from Holmfirth.
Team mate Paul Veazey, who in a bid to improve his fitness and stamina, moved in to live and train with Robinson during the three week break, qualified four rows further back and despite a first turn near miss which resulted in him rejoining the race almost last, the Middlesbrough teenager battled on to finish in 27th place at the flag. Despite what looked a lowly result on paper, Robinson explained that he was happy with his protege's performance:
"I'm delighted with the way Paul is progressing and the way he has been putting the effort in. He's improved his physical strength and as a result, the wrist problems he suffered earlier in the season have now gone. Mondello was a good opportunity for him to adapt from his 125cc style to the 600 and he's developed that more this weekend. He needs to improve his qualifying performances which will give him a better chance in the race but we are now starting to see marked improvements with his performances which is very positive" said Robinson.
Round six of the series takes place at Thruxton in Hampshire on June 6th
Supersport Race Result
1, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) 27m46.729s, 2, Michael Laverty (MonsterMob Ducati) +3.595s, 3, Karl Harris (Honda) +13.527s, 4, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +14.499s, 5, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +14.949s, 6, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +15.277s, 7, Jay Vincent (Honda) +15.477s, 8, Leon Camier (Honda) +15.582s, 9, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) +22.732s, 10, Craig Jones (Triumph) +23.226s.
<pre> Supersport Championship Standings (after Round 5) 1, Michael Laverty MonsterMob Ducati 91 pts 2, Karl Harris Honda 86 pts 3, Jay Vincent Honda 68 pts 4, Simon Andrews Yamaha 65 pts 5, Pere Riba Kawasaki 61 pts 6, Luke Quigley Suzuki 52 pts 7, Craig Jones Triumph 41 pts 8, Cal Crutchlow Honda 31 pts 9, Tom Sykes Suzuki 30 pts 10, Leon Camier Honda 29 pts
19, Jamie Robinson JR Motosport Yamaha 7pts