Veteran racer Steve Moody entered the 3rd round of the EMRA Superstock 1000cc championship in the top slot, two points ahead of Taylor Mackenzie, son of former racing rival Niall and current leader of the National Superstock 1000 championship.
Running a 2015 Honda CBR1000rr Fireblade SP, fitted with ohlins forks and rear suspension, Brembo brakes and a blue printed engine as standard, the team have made only minor modifications. These changes include a new end can, replacement bodywork and brake lines, and a new steering damper.
Steve, 47, started his motorcycle racing career at the tender age of 9, competing in schoolboy motocross, securing many wins and gaining over 200 trophies at club and national level.
In the nineties, Steve moved onto the short circuit, making his name in the 400cc National Championship by taking 3rd overall in his first year competing on a stock ZXR400. Steve then progressed onto British Superbikes and British Supersport.
Since the last round the team have spent a day at Donnington Park, fine tuning their suspension ahead of the third round at Mallory Park. With unpredictable weather forecast of Leicestershire at the weekend, they only hoped that they could extend their points lead in the series.
Despite damp conditions overnight, race day was declared dry so the team opted for their favoured ContiRaceAttack Comp treaded race tyre. With Superstock 600s and 1000s were out for first practice, with Steve and qualifying a disappointing 6th on the grid, 3rd in class – Moody would have his work cut out in his first race of the day.
With plenty to do as the flag dropped, Steve pinned the throttle wide open, taking the inside line and narrowly missed the pit wall as he charged into Gerrard’s in first place. The more nimble #47 ZX6R stole the lead at Edwina’s, dropping Steve back into 2nd. The Kawasaki 600 of Jed Bird also slid past, as Steve and the Honda fell back to 3rd. Steve then became embroiled in a class war with a ZX-10R and BMW S1000RR, as he fought hard for vital championship points, making a superb overtake at the hairpin. On the final lap, Paul Dewey went for a daring overtake but Moody came straight back at him and crossed the line in 4th, taking 2nd in class, extending his lead in the series to 14 points.
Slightly disappointed with his lap times and starting grid position, Steve and the Blade started 8th in the Superbike race. Again he got off to a flying start, with a near miss at Edwina’s taking two fellow riders out, as he slotted into 4th which he comfortably held for the rest of the race. More importantly this have him 3rd in class, moving Steve up two places in the Buildbase Superbike Championship.
The second of the two Superstock races saw Moody and machine once again battle for position with the 600’s, changing places from lap to lap. Despite Steve’s best efforts once again he was unable to hold off the challenge of Peter Bliss on his ZX-10R, as he pulled away on lap four. Unable to catch his man, Steve finished 5th overall and 2nd in class, increasing his lead in the championship 19 points.
Steve’s final race of the day was the second Buildbase Superbike race. After jostling for position with Burrows and Cooper, Steve crossed the line 4th in class, moving him up to joint 3rd in the championship, marking the end of a very positive day for the team.
Congratulations to Steve and team on their excellent results!
Photo credit to Steve Snelling.
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