and Progress for Andy Reid
Aye Gee Suzuki rider Josh Wainwright secured a fantastic fourth place in the fraught National Superstock 600 race at Donington Park his team-mate youngster Andy Reid came a stable 17th place.
Josh qualified for the 14 lap race in eighth position and was eager to run with the front runners after the race yesterday. He was unfortunate to be pushed wide into the first corner on the opening lap and was tenth after lap one but he soon knuckled down and was battling through the field picking off riders on most laps.
He was soon looking at a potential podium finish as he tucked in behind Deane Brown but he was being hounded by James East. The 21-year-old from Kent rode a fantastic race and kept his cool to the finish he was unfortunate to miss out on a podium position by just over a second.
Josh said "I'm pleased with the way that the race panned out. I was pushed out wide on the first corner on the first lap and the track was pretty cold and it was hard to find grip. Once I got some heat in the tyres I made of point of pushing harder and I knew I could run some good times. I had to try and stay out of the melee as our races are always pretty frantic throughout, there were a couple of near moments and a couple of times I had to avoid fallen bikes but I'm really pleased with fourth place and hope that we can get carry on this form for the last two races of the year."
Youngster, 17-year-old Andy Reid who is still learning his trade riding a 600 made massive steps forward. In only his third race on a 600 Andy finished a very creditable 17th place, making the huge step from 125 racing the likeable Irishman pushed hard through the weekend to improve his set up, times and riding style.
He said "It's a huge jump from 125's and you have to start from scratch learning again how to ride and I've had to adapt my style and how I race a bike. I'm pleased to have finished the race and only just out of the points. I know I just have to bide my time and learn and understand how a 600 machine works and reacts and hopefully things will carry on improving for the final two rounds. It is a big jump for me but I know I just need to relax and be happy with my riding and I'm sure then it will all click into place. I'd like to thank the Aye Gee Suzuki team for giving me the opportunity to race with them for the rest of the season."
Donington Race Result
Glenn Irwin Kawasaki
Johnny Blackshaw Triumph
Deane Brown Yamaha
JOSH WAINWRIGHT AYE GEE SUZUKI
James East Yamaha
17th ANDY REID AYE GEE SUZUKI
2011 Metzeler National Superstock 600 Dates
Date/TrackRd 11 - 23rd - 25th September Silverstone Arena GP
Rd 12 - 7th - 9th October Brands Hatch GP