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Luke Mossey seals Showdown place with superb podium position

Mossey seals Showdown place with superb podium position 1Just a few hours after becoming a father for the first time, Luke Mossey had his finest moment in his short British Superbike Championship career on Sunday when second place in the third race at Oulton Park sealed his, and Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s, place in the three-round ‘Showdown’ which gets underway in a week’s time.

Going into the three-race weekend, Luke was seven points adrift of one of the coveted top six positions and having qualified in fifth place for Saturday’s opening race, he completed the first lap in the same position before moving up to fourth on lap five. Running comfortably in the leading pack, it looked like the Cambridge resident would challenge for a podium but as the race wore on, he began to lose grip from his softer rear tyre and he eventually had to settle for seventh place.

However, his rapid early pace meant he started Sunday’s first encounter from the front row and the 23-year old started strongly to move into fourth place. On both laps nine and 13 though he overshot the Hizzy’s chicane giving him work to do on both occasions to fight his way back from seventh. This he duly did though and fifth place meant he was just two points off a Showdown place going into the final race of the weekend.

He saved the best until last though and, once more starting from the front row, a good start to the third and final race saw him move up to third on the fifth lap. Here he remained until the end of lap 13 when he moved up to second, which he duly held onto until the chequered flag. It gave him his best ever BSB result and with Michael Laverty finishing in fourth and Dan Linfoot crashing out, he moved up to fifth overall in the title table.

He’ll now contest the three round Showdown with the five other riders with the seven remaining races determining who will become the 2016 British Superbike Championship.

Team-mate Filip Backlund, meanwhile, found himself back in 27th after qualifying but he made good progress in Saturday’s race so much so that not only did he cross the line in 19th, he also set his fastest lap of the weekend. Going into Sunday’s two races with more confidence, the Swede was hoping to better that result and add some more points to his tally but, unfortunately, he had to settle for another 19th and 20th place finishes in Sunday’s two races.

There was heartache for Dickies British Supersport Championship contender Andrew Reid though after his title aspirations ended on Friday afternoon. The Northern Irishman had been running inside the top three in the two free practice sessions only to crash out at Lodge Corner and sustain a broken scaphoid which brought his weekend to an early end and curtail both his and the team’s hopes of claiming the Championship.

Luke Mossey: “I’m absolutely speechless and was a bit teary on the slow down lap after the last race – to make the Showdown has always been our aim but to finally achieve it is amazing and the whole team and myself are ecstatic. Becoming a dad in the morning was the greatest feeling ever and to top it off with the results today makes it more special and puts the cherry on the cake. We’ve all worked so hard for this but now we’re in the Showdown I’ll be aiming for my first ever win – we want to give the very best account of ourselves and I’ll be giving 110% in all seven races.”

Filip Backlund: “I always want to score points and that’s always my aim so it’s obviously disappointing not to have achieved that. After Saturday’s race, where I felt we made really good progress, I thought that would be more than a possibility on Sunday but the changes we made for the first race didn’t go in our favour so we went back to the original setting for the final race. I still need to work hard and really focus in the first few laps as I’m losing too much time. My aim for the final rounds is to fix that and do everything I can to get back into the points.”

Pete Extance, Team Owner: “What a weekend! For Luke to make it into the Showdown is quite simply brilliant and the whole team is over the moon. He showed great pace all weekend and thoroughly deserved his final race podium – to seal a Showdown place with that result shows what a talented rider he is. He kept his head at all times and rode very maturely throughout so now we’re in the Showdown we aim to do everything we can to challenge for the race wins. It’s testament to Luke’s talent and the whole team’s hard work that we’re there so we can’t wait for it to all begin!”

“Obviously Andy’s injury was the downside to the weekend and it’s a great shame that we can’t be challenging for both the Superbike and Supersport Championships. It’s unfortunate but these things can happen in racing so the important thing now is for Andy to get his wrist fixed and, hopefully, be back in action before the season’s over.”

The next round takes place at Donington Park, Leicestershire on September 16-18.

Picture by Tim Keeton – Impact Images Photography

MCE British Superbike Championship race one (18 laps)
1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Peter Hickman (Kawasaki)
4 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
5 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
6 Richard Cooper (BMW)
7 Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki)
19 Filip Backlund (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship race two (18 laps)
1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
4 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
5 Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki)
6 Tommy Bridewell (Suzuki)
19 Filip Backlund (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship race three (18 laps)
1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
2 Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki)
3 Tommy Bridewell (Suzuki)
4 Michael Laverty (BMW)
5 Shane Byrne (Ducati)
6 Richard Cooper (BMW)
20 Filip Backlund (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki)

Championship Positions (after nine rounds)
1 Haslam 326pts
2 Byrne 290
3 O’Halloran 237
4 Ellison 180
5 Mossey 173
6 Linfoot 172
27 Backlund 2

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