So far so good!
At the moment everything is going along nicely. Both JK and Hopper are really taking to the bike and that is reflected in the results. It’s great for me as a team boss to see the riders having fun on the bike, working well with the team and most importantly getting the results. I am really chuffed with the way everything is going at the minute. But still, it is early days yet.
Since my last update, we have been to both Croft and Thruxton as well as doing a number of tests so we have been keeping busy for sure. Croft was a bitter sweet weekend really – race one was mega – we managed a one-two with JK taking his first ever superbike win. Everyone was over the moon, and to have Hopper cross the line in second on an unfamiliar track was just great.
Race two was a real shame. JK got taken out on the exit of Sunny and he really launched into the crash barriers with two bikes falling on top of him. It was miraculous that he walked away relatively unscathed to be honest because the images from the TV were pretty bad. I was gutted for the lad because he was on such a massive high from race one and was looking set for another podium finish. But that’s racing I guess. Hopper on the other hand managed to take to the podium once again, this time in third, but again a really impressive result.
Going into Thruxton we had JK back on the grid, and despite feeling a little second hand managed to qualify 13th. Meanwhile, Hopper continued his relentless charge qualifying second. Come race one and sadly JK was forced to retire due to a wrong tyre choice, making it three DNFs for the lad. Again, it was real bad luck for him and the guys who had been hoping for a solid weekend.
Hopper battled hard all race in very tricky conditions and managed to finish fourth overall, and in race two he went one better and got up to third propelling him up to second in the championship. JK managed to steer clear of danger and came home in ninth. A really impressive result as he was feeling really beaten up. He now sits in ninth in the championship but we know he has the pace to really push into the top six.
I really can’t say enough about both our riders. They are doing everything they can and more and the results have been great to see. Hopper is really showing everyone what a class act he is. The thing that is great about John is that he is so humble and works so hard. He has raced at the very top against legends of the sport but he comes to BSB with no other aim than to work hard and do his best. He doesn’t expect anything to be easy, or to be given to him on a plate, he just goes out there and gets the job done. Super impressive.
JK has come from Superstock onboard the BMW and he is showing his class. He has a race win already and can run with the leaders week in week out. I am pushing to have both riders in the shoot out come the end of the year.
Away from race weekends we have been busy testing – completing successful outings at Silverstone and Knockhill. Hopper really enjoyed going back to Silverstone, a track he is familiar with and one that he loves. Silverstone provides a lot of run-off areas so you can really attack the circuit and he loves all that. Again JK was impressive and super consistent and just continues to adapt to the Superbike.
Knockhill again was solid for JK – his only reference of the track was from his time on the Superstock bike so he took some time changing his style and approach to the circuit. Once all that was sorted, he was putting in some impressive times. With Hopper I didn’t know how he was going to take to the track because it is a really small tricky configuration. But he was flying from the word go. Unbelievable really! We got caught out with rain in the afternoon which pretty much ended the test but had it been dry I think he would have been close to or even break the lap record.
Away from racing JK, Hopper and I headed down to Dorset a few weeks back for an open day on behalf of Crescent Motorcycles. They were rolling out their first multi-franchise dealership and we popped down to show out faces and chat with some fans. We had a really good time meeting everyone and I personally spent a lot of time chatting with punters about the good old days. Loved it!