The Quattro Plant Kawasaki team head to their local circuit this weekend with round six of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship taking place at the high-speed Thruxton venue in Hampshire and the Bournemouth-based squad are all looking to bounce back after experiencing up and down fortunes in recent meetings.
It’s the half way stage of the season and BSB riders Luke Mossey and Filip Backlund experienced challenging weekends recently at both Knockhill and Snetterton but Cambridge-based Mossey is still within touching distance of the all-important top six Showdown positions.
Currently occupying tenth overall, Mossey took his maiden BSB podium twelve months ago at the unique Thruxton circuit and knows that’s exactly what’s required this time around if he’s to keep his season on track. Backlund, meanwhile, scored his first points of the season last time out at Snetterton and the Swede is eager to maintain the momentum now that he’s back to full fitness.
The last two rounds have also been difficult for Dickies British Supersport Championship contender Andrew Reid yet, despite not standing on the podium since round two and slipping back to third overall, he’s still only 21 points adrift of Championship leader James Westmoreland. However, the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider knows how important it is to get back to winning ways this weekend and two podiums, at the very least, are required.
The final team members, Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, are still searching for their first win of the season in the Hyundai Heavy Industries British Sidecar Championship but they still maintain the top spot in the table after claiming the runners-up spot in the second race at Snetterton.
They saw their lead slashed to three points though by the rapidly closing Tim Reeves/Gregory Cluze and will be desperate to get onto the top step of the podium this weekend – and with three races on the schedule, it’s the perfect time to score heavily.
Luke Mossey: “The last round at Snetterton was really disappointing as I had the pace on Friday only to suffer a crash in qualifying that put us on the back foot. As a result of that, I can’t wait for Thruxton this weekend and my aim is to get back at the sharp end. It’s the team’s home track and one of my favourites too so, hopefully, we can come home with a few trophies.”
Filip Backlund: “I’m feeling very good and can’t wait for Thruxton. It’s a circuit I really enjoy – in 2014 I was battling for the win in the Superstock 1000cc race – and I’m firmly aiming at two points scoring finishes this weekend and build on what we achieved last time out. The bike’s good and the team are strong so we’re in a good position to do that and with it being the team’s home round, I’m looking forward to meeting all the guests and sponsors.”
Pete Extance, Team Owner: “For me, Thruxton will be the most important round of the season. It’s our home race and at the completion of the weekend, we’ll be two-thirds of the way towards the Showdown placings. The whole team was disappointed at Snetterton so it’s time to perform.”
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