After a heavy crash at Hall Bends at Thursday’s Official Bennetts British Superbike (BSB) test meant Luke Mossey had to sit out Round eight’s action – Billy McConnell stepped up to the plate and delivered a top-ten finish in race two with a ride even his mate ‘Mr Blue’ would be proud of! On the Pink Panther, Josh Elliott had to fight from the back in both races after being forced onto the grass at Coppice in race one and then receiving a ten-second jump start penalty in race two.
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With an official test scheduled for Thursday, OMG’s racing weekend was extended to a four-day event, with plenty of track time on the agenda for our Superbike duo. However, Luke’s weekend was cut short after a massive 110mph highside coming into Hall Bends. A real ‘heart-in-mouth’ moment for the team, with teammate Josh Elliott directly behind having immensely quick reactions to avoid him. Luckily, Luke escaped with just a hairline fracture to his leg – but would sit out the rest of the weekend to avoid aggravating the injury.
Overnight, the decision was made to move fan-favourite Billy McConnell onto Luke’s bike for the weekend and in his first taste of Superbike action since 2017, he came a respectable P22 in Free Practice 1 behind an improved Jossi in P14. Track time was limited by poor conditions in Free Practice 2, and so Saturday presented a last chance to get settled before Qualifying – with plenty of laps on the board, the OMG duo ended the session P19 and P20, knowing improvements were needed to progress from Qualifying session 1.
Off the line in race one… well, it didn’t exactly go to plan to say the least! Billy was adjudged to have jumped the start and received a 10 second time penalty from race control, whilst Josh was pushed off into the grass at turn one and had to rejoin right at the back of the field. Both our boys showed some real tenacity throughout the race, with Jossi quickly catching the backmarkers and climbing back up to P20 by the chequered flag. Skippy’s pace would be a sign of things to come, crossing the line in P14 – but that time penalty demoted him out of the points and into P18. It wouldn’t be long until he’d grabbed his share though…
Race two saw a ride from Billy that even Luke would be proud of! Starting P18, the Aussie battled his way past BSB race winner Tarran Mackenzie off the line and enjoyed a great battle with iconic road-rider Dean Harrison. A late mistake by Linfoot promoted Bilby into the top ten, and he crossed the line in P10 just 0.3 seconds behind Forés after a late charge. Half an hour on a bike and straight into the top ten? That’s the Skippy we know!
Unfortunately, Jossi jumped the start in race two and gave himself an uphill battle, whilst he enjoyed some good racing action on track – it was all about increasing the gap to see how far forward we could finish. In the end, after the penalty was applied the Ulsterman just missed out on the points in P16.