t was a mixed weekend for the Moto-Breakers Yamaha team consisting of riders Jimmy Rose, James Lodge and Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship leader Jake Dixon at Oulton Park this Bank Holiday weekend. Unfortunately Jimmy Rose and James Lodge had a coming together into the melee of the first corner of the first lap and both ended up crashing out and that was their race over.
However, youngster Jake Dixon who went into Oulton Park leading the Championship had a disaster early on in second qualifying and crashed out at Lodge corner, he was unable to get his bike back to the pits and fixed for the remainder of the session and ended up in 19th place on the grid but he rode a stunning race in tricky conditions to finish a fantastic fourth place and still leads the Championship by 11 points from his nearest rival.
All three riders were looking strong again over the weekend and it was James Lodge that managed to qualify in the highest position of all the team riders in sixth place with Jimmy next to him in seventh. As the scheduled 14 lap race got underway there was carnage into turn one of the first lap and sadly the two Moto-Breakers riders got caught up in it, Jimmy is still lying in third in the Championship and James in seventh. Fortunately the riders were not injured and the bikes had little damage and therefore they will be ready for their races at Donington Park this weekend alongside the World Superbike Championship.
Jimmy - "I'm really disappointed not to have got the race going as we'd all been riding well all weekend and I was eager to get back on the box. The Yamaha was really working well around Oulton and at least we will have a good set up when we come back here later in the season. I just want to put that one behind me now and move on with the rest of the Championship."
James - "I'm gutted to have crashed out I had no idea what was going on I just went down, it was a real shame as my lap times all weekend had been really good and we found a really good race pace. We just have to move on to Donington this weekend now, we have two races there so hopefully we can make amends. It's still a long season and lots of points still to be gained so just brush ourselves down and move on."
Jake - "After my crash in qualifying I knew I had a lot of work to do from 19th on the grid and knew I had to get my head down and try and make as many passes as possible in the first few laps. It was difficult and I made a few mistakes, I went across the grass at least twice trying to make up places once was through no fault of my own and every time I made places I lost them so I didn't make things easier for myself! To get fourth from 19th and still leave Oulton leading the Championship is awesome and I didn't think that was going to be the case at one point. I've got to thank the Moto-Breakers team for working so hard and getting the bike so right!"
2012 National Superstock 600 Dates
DATE/VENUE 11th - 13th May WSBK - Support Race Donington Park25th - 27th May Snetterton 30022nd - 24th June Knockhill 6th - 8th July Oulton Park20th - 22nd July Brands Hatch GP25th - 27th August Cadwell Park7th - 9th September Donington Park28th - 30th September Silverstone Circuit12th - 14th October Brands Hatch GP