R7 – Thruxton Race Report

Round 7 took the team to the Hampshire Circuit, Thruxton. As one of the fastest circuits on the BSB race calendar, both Kurt and Matt were looking forward to the variation in riding conditions. Furthermore, with temperatures set to reach 30oC and over, the team were set to face the hottest weekend so far!

FP1 provided a positive start for both Kurt and Matt, both setting consistent times and continuing to improve lap by lap. Kurt finished the session in a respectable 16thplace, with plenty of ideas and changes to be made to the setup ready for the next session. Matt also continued to put in consistent lap times, although the session was cut short due to technical issues with the bike. The focus of the team between the two sessions was to resolve Matt’s issues along with making the necessary adjustments to the settings on Kurt’s bike to move forward.

With changes made, Kurt continued to improve on his times during the FP2 session and his consistency kept him completing the session having knocked half a second off his lap time.  Matt also improved during this session and sliced his time by 1 second from FP1. However, despite his best efforts, continued technical difficulties cut his session short.

For Saturday’s qualifying session both riders had a plan for improvement. The team worked over night on the setup of the bikes, putting both riders in good stead for the morning qualifying. Both Kurt and Matt decided to go out on a used rear tyre in a hope to make improvements later in the session. From the off Kurt and Matt managed to make improvements pushing them up the order. As a result, Kurt improved from FP2 by 1 second! Matt also improved on his time but minor setup changes had eaten away at his front tyre. Both riders qualified further down the grid than initially hoped meaning that there was a lot of work to do in Race 1.

The first sprint race of the weekend saw both Kurt and Matt get off to a good start. Working their way up the grid, they were together on track by lap 4 and used each other to cut through the field. As the race progressed, Kurt managed to gain on the group ahead and after a 12-lap battle, finished the race in 14th. Matt also continued to maintain his position and completed the race close behind his twin and team mate in 15th. With both riders receiving points, they were left feeling confident about the race ahead.

Matt and Kurt found themselves side-by-side on the grid for Sunday’s race. It was a difficult opening lap for both riders but they continued to build on Saturday’s performance. On lap 3 of the race, Kurt caught up with the back of the group ahead. However, unfortunately Kurt ran on at the final chicane, resulting in a 1.7 second penalty. Despite this, he gained positions throughout the race and finished in 12thposition. Matt also got caught up in the pack close behind Kurt, resulting in him losing time on his race pace. He continued to defend his position and finished the race in 13th!

Overall it was positive weekend for both Kurt and Matt, finishing both races in the points and building consistency and confidence. The next goal is to continue pushing forwards and reach top 10 positions. We are looking forward to Round 8 of the BSB race season which will take us to Cadwell Park.