What a year it has been for Steve Moody of Oxfordshire based Dilligaf Racing! After snapping up a bargain Honda race bike for £800, and a van for just £300 to transport bike, team and equipment to Mallory Park for the 2014 EMRA Pre-Injection Championship, Steve has officially been crowned series champion after the final round of the season this weekend. Not only that, Steve maintained his 100% winning record on Continental this season, which has seen him come out on top in some close battles with 2013 champion Jon Skelson all year long to take 10 race wins out of 10.
Following his first visit to the Manx GP in 5 years, where Steve earned a coveted replica for his performance, both he and the Dilligaf team were keen to get the final round of their 2014 season underway. With 8 wins out of 8, Steve led the series on 120 points but thanks to a cancelled round earlier in the season triple points were up for grabs this weekend meaning things could change dramatically. Add to that a host of new riders on the grid to make this the biggest turnout of the season so far, and it was going to be a great weekend of racing!
Notching up a 58.64s lap, Steve commented on how slow it felt riding around Mallory Park after the full throttle experience of the Manx GP just weeks earlier, but with another pole position it didn’t seem to matter.
The first race saw Steve (pictured above. Credit to RSB Robster Racepics) get off to a flying start from pole position, but with the ContiRaceAttack Comp shod Honda CBF600 FX going well at the front, two riders collided and the race was red flagged. At the re-start Steve faltered and found himself chasing Jon Skelson for the class win. A fierce battle ensued, as Skelson and Moody passed the two front riders to lead the field and fight for vital championship points. On lap six Steve pulled a superb move at Edwina’s but could only get a bike length in front. Chasing the lead, Skelson high sided at Gerrard’s taking a wide line for an overtake leading to another red flag. With a 57.577s fastest lap time, Steve took the win and the championship but still had his 100% record to defend in the final race.
Due to his blow to the head, Skelson was absent for the final race but smiling on from the side-lines to cheer on his adversary as Steve got another flying start. He stamped his authority on the series with another fastest lap of 57.397 to take the win, and maintain a 100% winning record on Continental race tyres this season.
Following the race Team Manager Elaine sent us this message:
“I would firstly like to thank you for your race support for this very successful 2014 race season with the outstanding tyres you have provided Steve. The ContiRaceAttack tyres have proved outstanding on track, road racing at the worlds toughest road race circuit, and on the road, displaying their durability as well as flexibility.”
A huge congratulations to Steve and team, who have had a fantastic maiden season with a 100% winning record, championship title and silver ManxGP replica to show for it. Bring on 2015!