It’s taken slightly longer than in previous years, but the Bennett’s British Superbikes roadshow finally entered its second round of 2020 as it descended on Norfolk’s Snetterton Circuit on 21-23 August for another spectacular triple-header of the series.
Below are reports from the teams and riders that were racing with EBC Brakes’ braking components over the weekend.
JR Performance (Ben Luxton, Joe Talbot and Dan Brooks)
“What a very eventful weekend it was over at Snetterton. The conditions were very testing for all three riders, with the wind being super strong! But they all dealt with it superbly and got on with their business.”
“After completely destroying his bike in FP2, this gave us no choice but to build a new bike, with the whole team working together over a late night. We did it, though, then headed straight into qualifying where we ran into a power issue and the bike wouldn’t drive. Ben managed to put himself P9 on the grid for the race. We replaced everything we could think of on the bike for morning warm-up and with just one little issue remaining, fingers and toes were crossed for the race. With a flying start and a solid race under his belt, we made the top step once again with a P1 finish.”
“This was a testing weekend for the young gun Joe. After having a very strong test session there a couple of weeks back, expectations were high. However, with the wind being as strong as it was, it made riding the 600cc bike a whole new challenge for him. After chipping away nicely every session, Joe managed to qualify P12 for the race after catching up on the back of the leading group. He crossed the line in P8.”
“Dan the man! He wasn’t looking forward to Snetterton – he calls it his ‘bogey track’. But after completing both practice sessions inside the top 10 and qualifying P11, a comfortable race saw Dan cross the line in 10th position.”
“Overall, very good results from all three riders. We move on to Silverstone in a couple of weeks’ time for the third round of BSB.”
Chloe Jones (MRS Racing)
“What an eventful weekend that was! Firstly, I want to say a massive thankyou to MRS Racing for giving me the best bike possible – it’s a great bike to ride.
“So, we got there on the Thursday evening to set up after I got my GCSE results, which I passed thankfully. We got set up and were ready to go for Friday’s practice. Our session wasn’t until 5.15pm so was a long wait.
“In practice, I went out but only got to the third corner and then a technical fault appeared which was no fault of myself or the team. That’s racing for you!
“On Saturday, I was straight into qualifying. Not really knowing the track, I went out and on the eighth corner a rider hit me from the side. I ran wide and it was either I hit the barrier or just tuck the front. I managed to get back into the pits but they wouldn’t let me out until I had a break leaver guard. Luckily, OMG Racing UK came over with the spanners and a spare lever guard, so I managed to get back out but only had five laps to learn the track and try to get a good lap time in.
“It wasn’t my day – finishing P31, but I wasn’t last. I was totally gutted but I know it all adds to the learning curve.”
“In the first race, I got a good start and made up a couple of places, but my head just wasn’t in the game. I eventually had to pull in due to a technical issue that the team soon fixed. Thanks team.
“Race two again saw a big wait – until 5.35pm. I watched all the racing through the day with it being dry, but 20 minutes before our race, we saw some black clouds starting to come over. We all went out and did our formation lap and, guess what, it started spitting. Many people were changing to wets but we felt it wasn’t wet enough to do that.
“Luckily, we decided to switch to wets at the last minute, as the heavens opened and it most definitely became a wet race. I got off to a steady start while many others fell on the warm-up laps. I was trying to keep upright and get a good position. I started off 31st, then moved all the way up to 16th.
“I saw a group of five riders in front of me which were a good eight seconds ahead. I managed to catch them up and pass them. Dragging them forward with me, I was in 6th, pulling some good moves around the outside which just felt amazing again after a very rough start to the weekend, eventually finishing in 7th which myself and the team were happy with after a bad weekend.
“We will be back stronger at Silverstone!”
Ewan Potter (AH Performance)
“It was a busy weekend at Snetterton for Round 2 of the Ducati Trioptions Cup.
“On Friday, we had free practice which give us a chance to change the bike from our Round 1 set up and learn more about it. We managed to improve the handling of the bike for Ewan even in very windy conditions. He finished the session P19 with a 2:05:00.
“On Saturday, we had qualifying in the morning and then a race in the afternoon. We made some big changes to the bike, seeing if we could improve the feeling for Ewan. Unfortunately, it was the wrong direction regarding the set up, but sometimes you have to go the wrong way to know the right way, especially with a new bike. Ewan qualified in P24 with a 2:04.68 – a quicker lap time, but not the big chunk we wanted to knock off. In the race, Ewan finished 23rd and his fastest lap was a 2:03.69.
“On Sunday, we had Race 2, giving us a chance to go in the other direction on set up which we needed. Ewan was a lot happier with the set up, starting in P25 with a rocket start as always, gaining places into turn 1. He finished the race in 15th place, lapping consistently quicker and gaining a fastest lap of 2:01.06. This give him a championship point, adding to the two he got at Round 1.
“Overall, Ewan is more comfortable on the bike after having more time on it, the team has learnt more about the bike as regards to set up and we can’t wait for Round 3.”
Simon Reid (Silicone Engineering Racing)
“What a whirlwind of a weekend!
I had a fairly big off in free practice 1 and lost half the session. I then lost half of free practice 2 due to another small low-side off, so really didn’t make it easy for myself.
“In qualifying, I made a good start given the track time I had, but then the clutch started slipping so I lost vital time. The clutch cable came loose and my mechanic Charlie managed to fix it in two minutes. Got back on track and managed to string some good laps together which put me 5th on the grid – second row.
“I made a good start in the race and led for two laps, before getting shunted twice at the tight hairpins, almost causing another off! But we regrouped and I got into a dogfight with those in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, eventually crossing the line in 5th place.”