Rain Defeats Robinson at Brands It took a downpour worthy of the tropics to prevent JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson adding to his points tally in round seven of the British Supersport Championship held at Brands Hatch on ...
Rain Defeats Robinson at Brands
It took a downpour worthy of the tropics to prevent JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson adding to his points tally in round seven of the British Supersport Championship held at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Glorious sunshine during qualifying and recent improvements to the Yamaha R6 saw the 28 year old from Holmfirth qualify in an encouraging 10th place during the first session before having to settle for 14th after a frantic afternoon session and with it, a row four start for Sunday's 18 lapper around the full GP track.
Despite posting 8th fastest time during the dry morning warm up, gradually the rain clouds rolled into the South East meaning a wet race for the competitors to contend with. Robinson got a good start but after riding blind into a sea of spray and mist in the opening laps, Jamie settled for running in the lower leaderboard places until calling it a day four laps from home whilst in 20th position.
"We were having a fantastic weekend up until the race" said Robinson afterwards. "I was happy with qualifying and just missed out on a quick lap but felt really comfortable on the bike. I went faster than I've ever gone and then the heavens opened for the race; it was simply treacherous out there and didn't feel at all comfortable on the bike in the wet. The team is now working well and I feel I'm riding well and I'm genuinely really gutted at the way the rain turned against us. You just couldn't see anything and conditions were dreadful, it was a case of just putting your life in other people's hands and watching other riders in front and hoping they don't make a mistake."
Team mate Paul Veazey managed to overcome the conditions and his inexperience of wet weather riding to claim a deserved 23rd place finish at the flag, just one lap down on the leaders. The Middlesbrough teenager endured a mixed qualifying session following on from some good times during Friday's free practice but was happy enough under the circumstances:
"That's the first time I've ridden a 600 in the wet and it was very hard keeping the bike upright and keeping the concentration in the wet and the cold. It would have been so easy to make a mistake and fall off so I'm relieved I brought it home and can look forward to the next race at Knockhill" said Veazey.
<pre> Supersport Race Result (17 laps)
1. Karl Harris Honda 28m47.398s 2. Jay Vincent Honda +2.120s 3. Pere Riba Kawasaki +2.628s 4. Matt Llewellyn Ducati +7.907s 5. Simon Andrews Yamaha +8.536s 6. Danny Beaumont Honda +13.586s 7. Michael Laverty Ducati +23.882s 8. Jonathan Rea Honda +37.535s 9. Martin Buckles Yamaha +38.052s 10. Lee Jackson Honda +38.395s
23. Paul Veazey JR Motosport Yamaha + 1 lap DNF Jamie Robinson JR Motosport Yamaha 14 laps
Supersport Championship Standings (after Round 7) 1. Karl Harris Honda 136 pts 2. Michael Laverty Ducati 116 pts 3. Jay Vincent Honda 97 pts 4. Pere Riba Kawasaki 88 pts 5. Simon Andrews Yamaha 76 pts 5. Luke Quigley Suzuki 65 pts 7. Leon Camier Honda 49 pts 8. Craig Jones Triumph 41 pts 9. Tom Sykes Suzuki 36 pts 10. Cal Crutchlow Honda 32 pts
19. Jamie Robinson JR Motosport Yamaha 11pts