The sun was cracking the flags this weekend at Mallory Park as Dilligaf Racing found out that Steve would line up on talent packed grid alongside the likes of Richard Cooper and Taylor McKenzie and Luke Stapleford.
With 28 bikes all vying for space during the Superstock qualifying session, it took a few laps before Moody was able to find some clear track and pin back the throttle on the CBR1000RR SP, but with a 57.3s lap he found himself second in class with his ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres well and truly scrubbed in.
At one point during the Buildbase Superbike qualifying session Steve found himself inside the top five alongside Stapleford, McKenzie, Cooper and Stamper, but heavy traffic on track pushed him down to 12th despite an improved 56.8s lap.
Reigning Superstock 1000 rival Duane Bliss sat ahead of Steve on the grid in the first race, but as the red lights went out, Steve made up two places by the time the pack hit Gerrard’s, and a further position as he exited Edwina’s. With a lead of 4 seconds over Bliss, and several 600 bikes around him Steve reigned it in to ensure the all important 1st in class, gaining 15 precious Superstock points, and setting a 55.8s fastest lap time.
Steve’s second race of the day was the Buildbase Superbike Trophy and from the fourth row of the grid he battled up to 9th place, but on lap 8 he lost his dropped a place to finish 10th against a formidable grid including the Bennett’s Suzuki squad.
After getting the better of Bliss in the opening race, Steve would start ahead of him on the grid knowing that his mission was once again to be the fastest 1000cc bike on track. With partner Elaine shouting orders from the sideline, Moody wound the throttle back and surged into Gerard’s, exiting in 4th place overall amongst the more nimble 600cc machines. Safe in the knowledge that Bliss was 4 bikes further back, Steve put in a controlled final few laps to ensure another 1st place and another 15 valuable points.
The final race of the day for the team was the Buildbase Trophy, Steve up two spots on the grid in 10th position. A poor start on a packed grid saw a lot of position changes in the first lap asSteve went from 10th to 12th to 9th and then back to 11th all before he reached the hairpi. By the time Steve emerged from Devil’s Elbow, he had regained his rhythm and was pulling away from the dogfight until on lap 5 Stapleford and MacKenzie had a coming together at the hairpin which brought out the red flags.
Riders congregated on the start finish straight to find out if the race would restart, which it soon did, although without rider Luke Stapleford. The five lap sprint for the finish saw Steve end up in 9th place to secure two strong top ten finishes.
With two Superstock 1000 wins and the maximum 30 points, Steve is now just 7 points behind Bliss with his eyes well and truly on the top spot.
Image credits to J and P Sports Photography.
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