It was a good weekend for the Moto-Breakers Yamaha team at Donington Park this weekend, the National Superstock 600 Championship were allocated two races alongside the World Superbike Races, one on the Saturday and one the Sunday. The Moto-Breakers riders Jimmy Rose and Jake Dixon are now lying first and second in the Championship standings with only one point separating them, third rider James Lodge is in eighth in the series standings.
The two 12-lap races around the fantastic Donington Park circuit were as fierce and fraught as ever and provided some extremely close racing, Jimmy Rose gained a strong fifth place in race one and a great second place in race two on the Sunday after the original race winner was given a 10-second penalty for passing under a yellow flag.
Recently turned 16-year-old Jake Dixon had his first race crash of the year in race two on Sunday whilst lying in fourth position, he crashed out on the final corner at the end of lap six, however he was unhurt and the bike suffered very little damage. He gained a very worthy third place in race one on Saturday after spending various laps battling for the lead but eventually slipped back to third but gained himself a good handful of Championship points.
James Lodge was involved in some of the biggest battles of the weekend and during both races he was locked in some very close racing he managed to gain a ninth and a seventh place respectively despite suffering with extreme arm-pump in the closing stages of both races.
Jimmy - "It's been a tough weekend this weekend and the racing was really close but it was great to be involved in the battles. I got an average start in the first race and didn't want to do anything stupid in the first few laps. I also know it's important this year to try and be consistent and go for as many points as possible and to come out of Donington leading the Championship by one point from my team-mate is awesome. I just have to keep my head down now and keep plugging away and getting as many solid points and finishes as possible, roll on Snetterton!"
Jake - "Obviously I'm a little disappointed to have crashed in race two I know it's my first year but I want to make sure I do a good job and push myself forward and get some good results. It was a bit of a daft crash in race two and I just tucked the front going into the final corner I could have probably re mounted but the new rules prevent that. I am only one point behind the Championship lead now and I just have to make sure that I can keep pushing and getting good results, there are some tracks I've still not been to so it's a big learning curve. I was really pleased with the podium in race one on the Saturday it's just a shame I couldn't have got another in race 2."
James - "They were really hard races this weekend and despite the results not being what I had hoped for they weren't easy to come by and both races I was locked in a few exciting battles. I don't know why but I got arm pump for the first time and this really affected me for the final laps in both races. It was becoming impossible to try and hang on and I know it caused me to loose places. I'm a bit gutted with my results but just hope having the arm pump here was a one off and I don't get it again at the other circuits. It's been a tough weekend but I walked away with two semi decent results and I hope to improve on these when we go to Snetterton in a couple of weeks' time."