Anvil Hire Yamaha hunting for Bank Holiday glory at Oulton Park
This Bank Holiday weekend sees the travelling MCE British Superbike roadshow head to Cheshire, and the wonderful Oulton Park for round three of the Championship with Josh Brookes and Shaun Winfield searching for glory
Following a solid test at Oulton Park last Thursday, where both Josh Brookes and Shaun Winfield enjoyed a positive day at the Cheshire track, the Derbyshire based outfit head into round three with high expectations.
Brookes ended the test fourth fastest, only four tenths of a second off his own lap record set back in 2015, and only two tenths behind second place. The Australian worked through many different settings, finding a solid base with his Yamaha YZF-R1 around the challenging 2.6 mile track.
‘Brooksey’ enjoyed a positive visit to the woodland based venue in 2015, taking to the podium twice, and smashed the lap record in the process. The Bringelly man, alongside his team, is ready to take the challenge to the Kawasaki duo of Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey this weekend, who have been dominate in the opening four races of the season.
Likewise, Shaun Winfield enjoyed a positive test alongside his team mate last week, working hard on the setup of his machine around the challenging piece of tarmac.
Winfield is looking for more Championship points this weekend, after a challenging race day at Brands Hatch last time out following his best qualifying of his MCE BSB career.
Ahead of the weekend, an excited Josh Brookes said: “We had an ok test last week, a few things didn’t go to plan but considering the problems we had, to end the day fourth quickest is a positive position to be in. The bike felt better on the first laps of the test than the first laps at Brands Hatch, so I think the bike is in a better range, and that’s a better situation to be in, and the team have made some good improvements in the right direction.
“Oulton Park is a circuit that lends itself to wheeling so you try not to focus on those points, because it doesn’t matter what bike you ride they’re all going to do a similar thing, so there is no point in focussing on a character of the circuit.
“I think the rear end of the bike is a focus area for us, we made a step in the right direction at the test that improved the bike. The front end of the machine is strong, but we still have work to do with the rear.
“I don’t really like Oulton Park, I’ve not really had fond memories there and I find it difficult to ride and it’s quite frustrating as a rider because the bike is so crucial at that event, but the capturing feature is the lay of the land, how the track wraps itself around the trees and it has a good character in that respect, but you don’t have to like a circuit to go quick there.”
Equally excited and ready to achieve glory Shaun Winfield expressed: “This weekend will be very challenging, it always is at Oulton Park with the nature of the track, but I’m certainly excited to get back there after the successful test we had.
“It gave us chance to work on certain areas of the bike that we didn’t get a chance to at Brands Hatch because of the slight issues my side of the garage had. I like Oulton Park as a track, it has everything you want as a bike racer, and if you ask every rider on the grid they will tell you the same, the way each corner rolls into one is wonderful, I love riding there.
“This weekend points are fully on my mind, we have to hit the ground running on Saturday morning. I know I have the pace to run in the points, I’m ready for the challenge that this weekend will bring and I’m excited to get back out on track.”
Finally, Team Manager Gary Winfield added: “Last week helped the team find out where we are at this track, and we are certainly heading into this weekend on the front foot. We worked extremely hard on both sides of the garage to get the bikes setup well for the challenge that Oulton Park brings, and we can’t wait to get racing.
“After the progress we made in the test, we are expecting more this weekend. Podium credits are vital, and the way Josh is talking about the bike, it is getting very close to winning soon, the hard work is paying off and it will certainly only be a matter of time before he’s taking the top step, hopefully it will be this weekend.
“Likewise, for Shaun he had a positive test last week and it’s looking promising for him as we head to Cheshire. Points are fully in his remit this weekend, and we are expecting that from him, he likes the track and it suits the Yamaha well so we are certainly heading into this weekend with high expectations.”