Race weekend with highs and lows
A Tale of Two Halves SILVERSTONE opened up the Bennetts British Superbike 2022 season; with TAG Honda Racing’s Luke Mossey returning to the Superbike class on board the CBR1000R-RR SP. Following arduous testing the previous week due to the blustery conditions, Luke remained confident that the set-up was right and he was ready for race one on Saturday, 16th April. Finishing in 19th, and with some changes made, Luke went in confidently for race two. This was not meant to be, when the #79 GR Motorsport Kawasaki piloted by Storm Stacey crashed, taking out Mossey in the process on lap one. Frustrated Luke returned to the grid for race three from the back of the grid. After striving through, it was not meant to be, and Mossey retired from the race due to his injuries. Luke Mossey said, “I’m gutted about this weekend at Silverstone. It was really frustrating getting taken out so early on in race two and hurting my hand. We will re-group for Oulton Park and I’m looking forward to getting stuck-in there. We made some good, positive changes this weekend and we know where we want to be.” David Allingham
All eyes on D*Bomb
Race One: P7 | Race Two: P10
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class saw #11 David Allingham return to glory making up 10 places from the grid in race one to finish 7th! After a red flag start, David kept his cool and maintained solid pace throughout the restarted race of 16 laps. Race two, and David brought home his second top 10 success of the weekend!
David Allingham said, “Positive first round at Silverstone, I came to the round with a personal goal of achieving top 10’s on a track I can say, I don’t particularly like! So to come away with two was brilliant. Loved working with the team; there is so much potential and much more to come from me as I now go towards tracks I enjoy and I’m stronger at.
Heading to Oulton Park, one of my favourite circuits, with podium and pole position finishes for me in the past, I can’t wait to get stuck in to testing on Thursday 21st April. With the set-up of the bike, I am confident to be picking up some serious points the following weekend.”
Making a comeback
Race One: P12 | Race Two: P15
Returning to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 on board the TAG Honda Fireblade, Shaun Winfield made significant improvements right out of the gate following his 2021 season. After undergoing a second arm-pump operation mid-season last year, the 28 year old returned with a very promising start, with his best results to date.
Shaun Winfield said, “After the restart in race one, I didn’t get off the grid as strong, however I fought hard matching my personal best lap time and was happy with a P12 finish. As race two got underway, I had a solid start and an aggressive first two laps got me to P12. Knowing a top 10 position was in sight, I closed the gap, but frustratingly hit a false neutral causing me to drop back to P19. Infused to push on, I was able to pull back some of the lost seconds and finished in P15 – gaining another point for the Championship. I’m taking a lot of positives from the weekend which far out-weigh the small mistakes made, and I am looking forward to what I can truly achieve this coming season.”