Ups and downs for Russell Holland at Donington Park After a brilliant qualifying session, that allowed him to get the 6th spot on the grid for Sunday race, best personal starting position so far, Russell Holland did not achieve the result he was...
Ups and downs for Russell Holland at Donington Park
After a brilliant qualifying session, that allowed him to get the 6th spot on the grid for Sunday race, best personal starting position so far, Russell Holland did not achieve the result he was looking for. The extremely unstable weather conditions didn't help the team and the rider finding the best set-up for an almost dry race, in spite of the previous fully wet sessions.
Holland got a good start and maintained his position for the first part of lap 1, but unfortunately the HANNspree Althea Honda rider crashed out during the second lap of the race, while attempting to overtake Vesa Kallio at Mclean's corner. The Aussie rider hit the ground heavily, rolling for several meters on the gravel.
After a check-up at Clinica Mobile, Russell Holland got out from the weekend with a black eye and the left wrist sprained. These small injuries won't probably affect his participation to the next round at Vallelunga, two weeks from today. It will be the home race for the HANNspree Althea Honda team and another chance for the Australian rider to perform well on a track he already knows.
"On friday morning i saw the track for the first time in wet conditions and, after hearing a lot about how slippery it can be, i was supprised to feel reasonably comfortable after the first day", said Russell. "Donington is a track i was looking forward to all year and i can see why it is so famous, a very flowing track with a lot of character. I have never spent a lot of time in the rain so this weekend it was good to have steady wet weather so i could build up to the final qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. At the end of Saturday qualifying there was small dry patches around the track and i was fortunate to be able to record a decent time just as rain hit part of the circuit in the final laps. In the end i qualified in 6th position, my best of the season, which the team and i were satisfied with.
For today's race we were confronted with a virtually dry circuit. Though i have never ridden on this track in the dry, i got a good feel for it in the wet. My team sent me out on a great bike all weekend and after the warm up lap the dry setting felt reasonable and i was confident we could get a good result regardless. So, in the race i got a good start and shuffled back and forth with a few riders on the first lap, on the second lap whilst i was in 7th position i attempted to pass Kallio around the back of the circuit where i was making a lot of ground, unfortunately i did not get my wheel in front early enough and was caught out as Kallio tipped in, i connected with him and we both crashed.
I am really disappointed to have crashed out of another race because i know that we have the potential to be on the podium and my team certainly deserves it. I know that when i put everything together the results will be there. I was really knocked around in that crash which resulted in a black eye and sprained wrist, fairly minor injuries considering the crash, i hope these recover within the next week so i can fight hard in Vallelunga which is the home circuit for my team and the only circuit i know so far".