Motorpoint British Supersport
Jimmy Hill and Josh Caygill headed to round two of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Thruxton Circuit, the two Vancraft Triumph Supersport riders broke themselves into the superfast circuit very gently. Jimmy has not raced here since 2010 and was eager to put the demons to rest. The youngster gained a strong 11th place in the opening race and his team-mate Josh Caygill rode a hard race and was locked in a tight battle and finished in 22nd place.
The second race was action packed throughout the whole race but Jimmy and Josh both struggled with rear grip issues on the very abrasive, bumpy and fast Thruxton Circuit. Jimmy qualified in 16th place and came through to 13th place despite suffering with severe arm pump for the majority of the race. Josh qualified in 25th place for race two and finished in 22nd position.
Jimmy Hill - "Thruxton is such a hard circuit to get right and get a good set up on, it's also one of my least favourite circuits as I've suffered injuries here before. The Vancraft Triumph team worked hard all weekend and I was able to salvage some Championship points in both races and walked away uninjured. Race two today was difficult and I had tyre problems which led to me having to hold on tighter, which in turn led to bad arm pump. I just wanted to finish with some point and hopefully move on to Oulton and things will be good there."
Josh Caygill - "The weekend started well for me and I ran well during free practise on Friday when it was dry. It was then wet on Saturday and we made a lot of changes on the bike to try and get a good set up but we did struggle to get a set up that worked well for me on the Triumph, we made a lot of changes over the weekend and never seemed to get the ideal one. I hope things will be different at Oulton as I want to keep improving and moving forward."
Metzeler Superstock 600s
Joe Collier racing for the Vancraft Triumph team in the Superstock 600 Championship made his debut appearance at Thruxton this weekend and once again proved he is a very good rider in a very difficult and competitive Championship. He qualified in ninth place but dropped back to 14th during the race but had to take avoiding action to avoid hitting fallen riders in the first turn.
Joe Collier - "I've realised Thruxton is a really difficult track to learn and it was hard to get it right but I really enjoyed it, I managed to adapt to the track quite quickly and put in some good times throughout the weekend. The Vancraft Triumph guys worked really hard to make sure I understood what I needed to do. I was a bit disappointed with the race result but it is still Championship points but I was not happy because I dropped back from my qualifying position. It was a bit hairy out there and I had to take avoiding action on a few occasions to avoid being taken out myself."
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