The calendar might be telling us that it’s summer, but as the Dilligaf Racing team arrived at Mallory Park for round 4 of the EMRA Championships this weekend they found the circuit once again shrouded in grey cloud, with a cool westerly breeze and several regular showers of drizzle.
This weekend the team would be giving a race debut to it’s new CBR600RR, kindly supplied by Branson’s Honda of Yeovil and again shod with Steve’s favoured ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres ahead of the Manx GP, as well as running their championship leading CBR1000RR SP.
At the start of the weekend Steve held a 19 point lead in the Superstock 1000 championship, also sitting in 3rd place in the Buildbase Superbike Trophy, despite running on what is essentially a stock road bike.
On the morning of race day, the grey skies had cleared and the track was dry. Steve and the Blade went out for first practice, and qualifying saw him take 7th on the grid and 2nd in class with a as they struggled with the rear suspension. Next it was the turn of the 600, qualifying in the Buildbase Trophy, with Steve taking 4th in class.
Steve was on the third row of the grid for the opening race, and as the red light went out the bikes charged into Gerrard’s, all scrambling for position. Steve started well, picking up two place but dropping back to 6th by the end of the first lap. Undeterred, Moody pushed on in an effort to catch the leading pack. An unfortunate incident at the hairpin almost took Steve out, as riders swerved to avoid a fallen bike and rider. This incident eventually worked in Steve’s favour and he managed to steal two race places to move up into the field, finishing 2nd in class behind British Superstock racer Billy Mellor.
As the first Buildbase Trophy race approached, temperatures had reached 24 degrees. The CBR600rr started from the 5th row of the grid, rearing up onto the back wheel as Steve muscled its way through the pack to emerge from Gerrard’s in 9th place. Steve fought hard to try and hold his position but slipped back into 10th by the end of lap 1. At the end of the race, with a full grid of 33 riders, Steve finished 4th in class.
The second Superstock 1000 race saw Steve fly off the line as he chased down the two BMWs of Jeacock and Mellor, a trio of 600s in between them. On lap 5 Steve dropped back a place, but he quickly regained 6th by passing Jed Bird on the hairpin on the final lap. This put his in 6th place overall and 2nd in class.
Steve’s final action of the day was the second Buildbase Trophy race. Finishing 10th in the first race he moved up the grid, but a poor start sa him bogged down in the middle of the pack in a hectic first lap. Once he settled into a good rhythm, Steve picked up several places to hang onto the back wheel of the #44 Yamaha R1 of Steve Brittain. The pair were involved in a real dogfight as they battled for 10th, the more nimble 600 holding it’s own in the corners. The pair exchanged places in the final laps, with the Yamaha using it’s straight line speed to edge Steve out on the straight, just 0.3 seconds between them. Steve was again 4th in class.
With his two podium finishes in the Superstock 1000 class Steve has extended his points advantage at the top of the table as he looks to get his hands on the title.
Photo credits to John Isgar Photography.
You can find out more about the ContiRaceAttack Comp here.