Day of frustration for FPR at Brands Foggy PETRONAS Racing endured a day of disappointment in front of a packed crowd for the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch. Following two promising days to the season's ...
Day of frustration for FPR at Brands
Foggy PETRONAS Racing endured a day of disappointment in front of a packed crowd for the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Brands Hatch.
Following two promising days to the season's showpiece weekend, in which FPR pair Steve Martin and Garry McCoy qualified in 10th and 11th, race day proved to be an anti-climax for Carl Fogarty's team.
In front of a weekend attendance of 108,000 spectators, the Australian pair suffered a catalogue of misfortune as Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga shared a race win apiece.
Steve finished in the points in 15th place in the first race but crashed out of the second with just seven laps remaining following an incident with Japanese rider Norick Abe at Druids.
Garry nursed his bike round to complete the second race in 18th but was only able to complete six laps of the first race after a broken hose clip caused a water leakage.
Steve said: "I felt I was in front of Abe and three-quarters of the way round the corner before he tried to get up the inside. It was a desperate move for 14th, it didn't work and it took us both out of the race. The bike felt good and I was running in the 1:28s, which was a similar pace to the battle for fourth. And I was very pleased to have discovered something which cured the chatter from the first race altogether. Two thirds of the way through the first race my foot slipped off the peg, which hit me in the back of the calf, almost ripping the peg off. That cost me a few places so I was disappointed that I couldn't have a better finish. I was also disappointed to not finish the second race as I felt I could have scored points."
Garry said: "The bike felt okay off the start of the first race and for the first lap and then everyone started to pass me on the straights. There wasn't too much I could do about it so I just wanted to bring it home and assess race distance on the rear tyre for race two. Then I had a couple of moments and started to wonder what was going on. Then my foot slipped off the peg and I could see water so I am just glad I stayed on the bike. My start to the second race was all right but I was losing too much out of the corners and being passed at almost every corner. And I had warning lights about the oil temperature and pressure, which is not normally a healthy sign! I just didn't seem to have any pick-up from the bottom end of the rev range and the bike was backing in for the first time all weekend. I don't think the results reflected the progress we made over the first two days."