The track remained dry for the duration at Rockingham Speedway when Thundersport GB were in town at the weekend after several recent rounds of mixed weather conditions.
Not exactly famed for it’s wet grip, that will certainly have been a relief for many of the riders in the paddock, who can be edgy enough as it is thanks to the close proximity of the concrete crash barriers to the action on track.
Rockingham turned out to be something of a bogey circuit for RS Racing in the 2015 Golden Era Superbike series, with the team struggling with suspension settings on the Honda RC-51 and Ryan subsequently pushing too hard and hitting the tyre wall at turn two to bring about a premature end to his weekend.
Things started out well for Ryan and team, who seemed to find a good base setting to qualify in 6th position, with fellow Continental rider John Dieterman taking 1st place on the Team Baxi Yamaha machine. The opening race saw John take a commanding lead and set the fastest lap of the race on his ContiTrack Slick tyres, whilst Ryan worked hard to climb up to 3rd and take valuable points alongside a well deserved podium. The second race saw Ryan finish in 5th, with John taking another superb win and fastest lap – the former getting to work on the bike to bring their times down ahead of Sunday’s races.
The team’s hard work paid off, with Ryan charging into the lead in the first of Sunday’s two races, setting the fastest lap and holding off a strong challenge from Dieterman who had to settle for 2nd place by the tiniest of margins – just 0.088 seconds. Roles were reversed in the final race as John managed to hold on to his lead and set another fastest lap, with Ryan a close 2nd. After such a strong weekend Ryan climbs to 2nd place in the championship although John holds an almost unassailable lead in the series with 13 wins from a possible 22 so far this season.
Ryan Cooper qualified in 1st place for the Golden Era Supersport opener on the Race HQ prepared Yamaha R6 and set the fastest lap of the race early on before he crashed out during an incident on lap three. Ryan was rushed to hospital and subsequently had a badly damaged finger amputated, and we wish him a speedy recovery. A regular to the Thundersport paddock, EB Racing’s Martyn Bloomfield made the late decision to race at Anglesey with the Wirral 100 club taking some good points and finishing on the podium in a number of his races.
Dave Langley was looking to reclaim his championship lead supported by Tyres 4 Bikes in the Golden Era Steelsport class after missing the racing at Cadwell Park. Qualifying in 3rd place he took 3rd in both of Saturday’s races and set the fastest lap in the opener. On Sunday he went even better and took 2nd place in both contests, but with Mark Biswell on form he still sits in second place overall in the series with three rounds to go. Paul Dedman also recorded several top ten finishes on the ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres in the same class.
Both Sam Holme and Lee Ewbank also continued to show impressive form in their respective classes taking several top ten finishes between them to keep the points totals ticking over.
Finally French rider Luc Mamet switched to ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres for his final race in the Stocktwins to take a well earned 3rd place. Riding the Apex Evolution Racing’s Suzuki SV650, Luc was a regular to the Continental brand when racing in Maritius, and became involved with Apex after coming the the UK. The team is a joint project between Luc, The University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids and Continental dealer STP Motorsport of Rotherwas near Hereford. Overseen by Automotive Engineering student Nick Long, the bike is getting better and better all the time and we look forward to working with them in the future.
Congratulations to everyone involved at the weekend on their fantastic results – we’ll see you at Anglesey in August with A&R Racing!
Photo credits to Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.
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