JACKSON TO TACKLE SUPERBIKES AT MALLORY Krystal Racing Space Air and rider Lee Jackson are to contest Round Nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park. With no Metzeler Racetec National ...
JACKSON TO TACKLE SUPERBIKES AT MALLORY
Krystal Racing Space Air and rider Lee Jackson are to contest Round Nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park.
With no Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship race at this weekend's event, the team have decided to try their collective hand at the leading UK series.
Riding his usual Superstock-spec Yamaha YZF-R1 in the Cup class, Jackson will swap his normal number 22 for 24 and switch to slick tyres for Sunday's event.
And without the pressure of a championship race, the team are looking forward to a new challenge, with the emphasis on enjoying themselves in the process.
Team Owner Tony Astle explained: "We decided we just fancied doing it, more as a bit of fun than anything else. "Superstocks don't get to race at Mallory anymore, and we all miss it because it's a cracking little circuit.
"In the end we all agreed it was something we should do. Lee really fancied getting out there and mixing it with the Superbike boys and we're all very interested to see how a stock bike will cut it. At the end of the day, we're going out there to have a bit of fun and enjoy the weekend.
"It is also another chance for our sponsors to see the bike. With two of our own races having been postponed this year, we felt we wanted to give them something to see, to show that we are very much still out there running."
It may be a whole new experience for the team, but Jackson himself is no stranger to Superbikes. The 32-year-old 2005 Superstock champ from Lincoln spent three years in the class.
In 2001 he finished 10th overall in the main championship riding as a privateer on board the Macsport Yamaha. In 2002 he moved to Marshall-Tufflex Honda before joining Hawk Kawasaki in 2003.
And this week he is looking forward to revisiting his old stomping ground. "I always loved Superbikes, but I've never really had the opportunity to get back there to see how I'd get on now," he revealed.
"But earlier this year I was talking to Tony and joked that I fancied doing Mallory because we didn't have a Superstock race there. That was it really, I think he just shrugged and said "yeah, go on then" and here we are now!
"I'm really looking forward to it. To be honest, none of us have a clue how we are going to match up to the other Cup runners, but it will be interesting to see how we get on. I'm excited about the weekend.
"There's no pressure of a championship which means we will all be a bit more relaxed. Fingers crossed we can do well and give the Cup regulars a real run for their money."