JACKSON BIDS FOR GLORY AT HOME TRACK KRYSTAL Racing Space Air head to Cadwell Park this weekend with team rider Lee Jackson fired up and ready for his local round. As the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship rolls into the ...
JACKSON BIDS FOR GLORY AT HOME TRACK
KRYSTAL Racing Space Air head to Cadwell Park this weekend with team rider Lee Jackson fired up and ready for his local round.
As the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship rolls into the Lincolnshire circuit for a Bank Holiday Monday Race, Jackson and team-mate Paul Veazey are looking forward to tackling the swooping 2.173mile track.
And they will be joined in the team awning once again by Gary Jackson, brother and mechanic of Lee who, having spent the past week hurriedly rebuilding his Yamaha R1 machine, will contest two Superstock Cup races, one on Sunday and the second on Monday.
Currently lying fourth in the championship on 83 points, Lee Jackson is keen to draw on his experience of Cadwell Park in a bid to keep his title hopes alive. Last year the 32-year-old from Lincoln finished third here in just his second outing since returning to the Krystal fold, and in 2005 he won the race.
"It's my local track so naturally it's the one I have the most experience around, it's fair to say I know it like the back of my hand," he said. "However don't be fooled, it doesn't mean it's my favourite!
"Cadwell can be hard, it's a tricky little circuit at the best of times and if we end up with the same sort of wet weather we've had for most of this year, it could be difficult out there.
"Wet or dry, I'll be chasing the win this weekend. The last round was a bit of a disaster with tyres but all of the big hitters in the championship fight made the same gamble, so it didn't really affect the points too much.
"This weekend I think there will be a lot of people with scores to settle before we move on to the two double-headers at Donington and Brands, but they'll have to be smart if they're going to beat me. I'm ready for it this weekend, and the top step of the podium has my name on it."
Veazey meanwhile is looking for his first points of the year this weekend. The 21-year old from Middlesbrough is still in a little pain following two recent injuries, but is determined to fight through it on Monday.
"My broken hand is just about better now but my shoulder is still very sore from the crash at Croft a fortnight ago," he said. "To be honest I don't know how I'm going to get on but I'm going to fight it as much as I can.
"I like Cadwell, but it's not the sort of place you want to be riding when you're injured. It's probably the most interesting circuit on the calendar but it's one where you want to be totally fit really.
"But I'm not going to let a bit of pain get in the way this weekend. I've tested here earlier this year and got some good lap times in so I'm confident I can get my best result of the year."
In the Cup class, Gary Jackson is hoping to steer the Newell Plumbing/Krystal Racing machine to at least one victory. The 36-year-old has spent a manic fortnight completely rebuilding his bike after a mechanical failure at Croft saw him hurtle into the gravel at top speed.
But he has worked hard to get the bike in full working order again in time for the double-header at home. "I'm worn out, I haven't stopped since I got home from Croft, but it is finally looking like a motorbike again," he said.
"I'm hoping for at least my first podium this weekend. I've been pretty unlucky so far this season, every time I've been on for one, something has gone wrong. A win would be amazing but I'd be happy with a top three. Fingers crossed it all goes well for us."