Holmfirth-based British Supersport Championship Team JR Motosport endured mixed fortunes when they contested the MCN Supersport Cup race which supported the British Grand Prix at Donington Park this weekend. After a sterling performance at...
Holmfirth-based British Supersport Championship Team JR Motosport endured mixed fortunes when they contested the MCN Supersport Cup race which supported the British Grand Prix at Donington Park this weekend.
After a sterling performance at the recent British Supersport race at Mallory Park, team leader Jamie Robinson was hoping to continue his good form on the Yamaha R6 and posted 14th fastest time during the limited qualifying session around the full 2.5 mile GP track.
But as soon as the bikes lined up on the grid, the rain which had held off for the MotoGP came and with no wet settings around the recently resurfaced track, the team had to gamble on a race set up for the 22 lapper in front of many of the 82,000 trackside fans who had stayed back to watch.
28 year old Robinson's cause wasn't helped when he was forced onto the grass on the sighting lap and despite his best efforts in the race, they came to nothing when the motor inexplicably slowed on the eighth lap and forced him out:
"Everything was going just fine and then coming down the straight I felt it cut out and when I tried to put the power on again, there was nothing there. We'd had a problem with the electrics on the grid and had to bump the bike off so we'll pull it apart and see what the problem is" said the dejected former 250cc British Champion.
It was better news for his team mate Paul Veazey, however, who overcame the treacherous conditions to record his best ever four stroke result with a battling 13th place at the flag.
After qualifying in 21st position on the grid, the Middlesbrough teenager was still suffering from the arm-pump problems that affected him at the previous race at Mallory but gamely battled on to the finish despite being one lap in arrears:
"The only thing you can do in those conditions is to bring the bike home and not crash. I got a good start and rode my own race but kept it as smooth as possible and it worked out for me although I would have liked to have beaten some of those who fell off fair and square" said the 17 year old.
The team's next outing is in round 10 of the British Supersport Championship which takes places at Croft Circuit over the weekend of August 13/15th although they plan on testing at the North Yorkshire venue on the Media Day there on August 5th
MCN Supersport Cup Race Result 1, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) 39m16.992, 2, Karl Harris (Honda) +20.384, 3 Adrian Coates (Suzuki) +31.538, 4 , Leon Camier (Honda) + 31.801, 5 Danny Beaumont (Honda) +55.877, 6, Michael Laverty (Ducati) +1:12.582s. 13, Paul Veazey (JR Motosport Yamaha) + 1 lap, Jamie Robinson (JR Motosport Yamaha) DNF