Silverstone: Foggy Racing race report

McCoy provides encouragement for FPR at Silverstone A points-scoring finish from Garry McCoy provided a measure of solace for Foggy PETRONAS Racing at a challenging fifth round of the Superbike World Championship at Silverstone, Great ...

McCoy provides encouragement for FPR at Silverstone

A points-scoring finish from Garry McCoy provided a measure of solace for Foggy PETRONAS Racing at a challenging fifth round of the Superbike World Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain.

The Australian completed a gutsy second race in 13th place after crashing in the opening contest of the day, staged on the shorter International circuit of the Northamptonshire venue.

For team-mate Steve Martin it was a weekend to forget. Having put up a typically determined display in the first race, he was set to score two points until a cracked fuel rail forced his retirement with one lap to go. Set-up difficulties in the second race resulted in a 20th place finish for Steve, as James Toseland followed team-mate Regis Laconi's first race example in completing a Ducati double victory.

Team manager Jack Valentine said: "While I am pleased Garry finished the second race in the points, it has not been a particularly good weekend and nobody is particularly happy, because that's not where we want to be finishing races. However, mid-race in race two, Garry was lapping consistently as fast as anyone outside the battle for first place and was as good as the opposition through the speed traps. But there are still areas we need to keep working at and everyone will continue to give everything they have got."

Garry, who was lying in 12th place when he crashed at the tight final chicane on the eighth lap of the 28-lap first race, said: "I was stoked to finish a race at last and finally score some points - it felt like a win after the start we have had to the season with so much bad luck and so many breakdowns! In the first race I just went into chicane maybe a couple of millimetres tighter than I had on every other lap and the foot-peg hit the ripple strip, lifted up the rear and I lost the front. It's the first time I have ever crashed for that reason and, while it didn't shake me up, it didn't make me feel all that happy because I knew I could have scored points in that race as well! I had an electrical problem on the sighting lap for the second race so had to use the spare bike, which had been more unstable at the rear earlier in the weekend. I pushed as hard as I could but the bike was moving around a lot at the rear, which put more wear on the rear tyre."

Steve said: "The engine was ultra-reliable all weekend but I just couldn't come to terms with the circuit in time. I managed to improve all weekend but I faded in the second race because my setting put more weight on the softer rear tyre and it soon started to move around a lot. The first race was really hard work and, although I tried lighter fork springs, I still suffered with a lot of chatter. Misano is a circuit I like and go well at, so I am looking forward to getting there for the next round, going further forward in the right direction and scoring some points.

The FIM reversed their decision to impose a ride-through penalty for Garry's first race. It was decided that the new rules governing drilled fairing holes had not been officially ratified.

-fpr-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Garry McCoy , Steve Martin , James Toseland , Laconi Régis