Steve Martin race report

Difficult conditions for Steve Martin at Silverstone. Torrential rain marred the entire weekend's racing at Silverstone in England for round 6 of the World Superbike Championship. It rained so hard that parts of the track were under inches of ...

Difficult conditions for Steve Martin at Silverstone.

Torrential rain marred the entire weekend's racing at Silverstone in England for round 6 of the World Superbike Championship. It rained so hard that parts of the track were under inches of standing water, just an hour before the first race. Staff at Silverstone worked hard sweeping the water from the track to ensure the days racing could go on.

"It was like Phillip Island 2001 all over again", commented Steve. "After qualifying for Superpole, I was feeling really confident for the race. In race one I got a good start and was pushing really hard, when it started to rain even harder, but the Pirelli tyres were giving fantastic grip and the feeling form the bike was really good despite the conditions. I was battling for a top-ten position at the time, so I kept the pressure on hard. Unfortunately, I pushed just that little bit to much and highsided coming out of Club on lap four.

With the weather remaining extremely poor, and thick, dark clouds hanging in the sky, the team decided to go for 'a very wet' set-up. This proved to be the wrong choice as in fact the rain stopped and the track started to dry slightly. "There was little I could do, as I simply hadn't chosen the right tyres for the job. But I'm generally happy with the weekend because we found a really good set-up in qualifying and I felt good on the bike. Now all we can do is look forward to the next round at Lausitzring and hope we don't get a repeat of this kind of weather there."

Round seven of World Superbike Championship is at the EuroSpeedway, in Lausitz, Germany on 9 June.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Steve Martin , Phillip Island