OMG Racing enjoyed their best result in the Bennetts British Superbike championship, heading into their World Superbike wildcard appearance at the end of May with all of the confidence they need.
Gino Rea impressed throughout the weekend, posting a qualifying time that three years ago, would’ve comfortably placed him in the top 10. The ex GP podium finisher enjoyed a strong race under the Bank Holiday Monday heat, bringing the Suzuki home in 13th – just behind 12-time winner at Oulton Park, Ryuichi Kiyonari – and well within the points, setting a fastest lap that was just one second away from Leon Haslam.
Gino comments: “What a weekend! Oulton Park on a Superbike sure is a shock to the system after spending the majority of my career on 600s at World & European style circuits. However, once the team and I got dialled in, I really enjoyed it!”
“My pace at the start of race one was pretty good and I was up to 11th at one point; keeping tight to the back of the big group. I struggled to keep the pace up, but once Ryuichi Kiyonari passed me I did my best to hold onto him until the finish who I believe has won the most BSB races ever at Oulton.”
We tried to improve for the second race and had some good pace to pick points. I struggled in a couple of areas though and unfortunately had my first front end crash on our beloved OMG Racing Suzuki! In spite of the crash, I’m confident that we can continue the steady progress that we are making, and I’m excited about our next race at Donington Park in the World Superbike series.”
Fellow OMG rider Ben Luxton returned to his home venue for the third round of the National Superstock 1000 championship. The class rookie was making great progress through the weekend and it looked like a point-scoring ride was on the horizon. However, half a lap into the race, Ben had a small crash and besides local pride being hurt, Ben was otherwise OK.
“I am pleased with the progress we made this weekend at Oulton Park” comments Ben. “We have made good steps forward with the bike and I am adapting well to suit the 1000 riding style. It was frustrating to crash out on lap one after a good start. Qualifying is my main focus of improvement, which I believe will then avoid the carnage of the mid-pack. Many thanks to all at OMG Racing for their faultless efforts. Roll on Snetterton!”
OMG Racing were generally happy with their weekend away under the oppressive heat of Oulton as they look forward to consolidating their point-scoring pedigree at the World Superbike meeting at Donington Park. Team manager Paul Curran comments “Oulton went better than expected and we made some steps forward with both riders and their bikes. We now have a good understanding what is going on with Ben’s bike and although he crashed on the opening lap, he was showing good pace and seems to have mastered the starts now.
Paul continues: “For Gino to go to Oulton Park and race against some of the best SBK riders in the world that have many years experience around the Cheshire circuit was always going to be challenging. However, it was a very successful first visit to one of the most physical and demanding circuits on the BSB calendar. To be able to finish in the points for our first visit as a new team, and to provide Gino with a good bike so that he can make it happen on track was an achievement for the whole team.”
“We’re looking forward to our wildcard at the World Superbike series to further develop the bike and test our progress against the superbike elite. A big well done to all involved with Team OMG this weekend. It was a hot one and they all worked as hard as ever!”