Mike Tustin of Team MTR takes a look back at their recent races for the 2018 season.
It has been a busy couple of months for Mike and the team, with Rounds 6 and 7 of the Ducati TriOptions Cup and the latest Round of the EMRA Club Championships at Mallory Park.
Ducati TriOptions Cup Cadwell Park Round 6
After qualifying in a slightly disappointing 19th place, Mike and the team made some changes to the bike setup to try and bridge the gap to the top 10. After a cracking start, Mike clawed his way up to P11, and running a fast pace with three riders in front. Unfortunately, on lap 4 of the scheduled 10, Mike caught his gear lever on the high rise kerb, therefore resulting in a broken gear lever, and the end of the race for the team.
Although Mike only recorded 4 laps on the previous day, his lap time during his shortened race meant he was promoted to P16 for Race 2 of the weekend. After the pace Mike had run in Race 1, the team were looking to get some decent points from Race 2. Another good start meant that Mike got himself up to P13, and a long race ensued with 4 other riders. Mike crossed the line in a satisfactory P13, and bagged the team some valuable Championship points.
EMRA Mallory Park Round 5
After the Cadwell Park meeting, Mike and the team headed to Mallory Park to take part in another Club meeting. With 6 races throughout the day, Mike was able to notch up one 4th place, four 2nd place finishes, and a race win to make the day worthwhile, while also collecting some silverware.
Ducati TriOptions Cup Silverstone National Round 7
Shortly after the EMRA Club meeting, Mike and the team were back in action for Round 7 of the Ducati TriOptions Cup at Silverstone. Being the team’s local round, TeamMTR were keen to put on a good showing for all the local friends, family and sponsors who came to show their support over the two days-worth of racing.
After qualifying a disappointing P19, Mike was really keen to get a good start and get away with the top 15 riders. As we were using the shorter National circuit, the lap times were really close, and the team knew that 0.3 of a second a lap could be the difference between P20 and P10.
A great start saw Mike end the first lap in a rather impressive P15. A tough race followed, and Mike was able to cross the line in a very satisfying P13, and add some more valuable Championship points.
Due to the impressive lap times from Race 1, Mike started Race 2 in P13, and was keen to break into the Top 10 as soon as possible. A poor start saw Mike drop down to P16, but Mike dug deep and made some good passes to grab the teams first top 10 finish since the opening round at Donington Park back in March.
After struggling for consistent results in recent meetings, Mike and the team seem to have found their pace once again and are keen to continue their form.
It’s always satisfying to see progress, and although there has been a little bit of bad luck along the way, most weekends Mike has managed to beat his previous lap times from seasons gone past, so it’s great to see that the team are still making strides forward to try and consistently challenge the top 10.
Once again, thanks to all the sponsors for their support in this, our second season in the Ducati TriOptions Cup.