RSRacing were back in action at Snetterton over the Bank Holiday weekend, hoping for another strong showing in the Golden Era Superbike series.
Saturday was beautiful and sunny for the testing sessions and Ryan and the team made some good progress setting up the bike. “There is still more to be found from both me and the bike, but I’m happy with the setting we have” Ryan said.
Sunday was a different story all together. Heavy rain throughout the night left the track soaked, and the Continental rain tyres were the tyres of choice for qualifying. The rain continued thought the morning and through the qualifying sessions. While lots fell in the rain Ryan persisted and put the Continental backed RC-51 on the front row of the grid in 3rd place, saying “I’m happy with 3rd, I can get away cleanly and make headway into the front two”
Race 1 saw the rain continue. Ryan got away quickly and was in second place chasing down the leader. After two laps the red flags were waved. On the restart, Ryan didn’t get away too well. He drop back to 7th after getting involved in some opening lap battles. Once nerves had settled and the Continental wets had come into their own, Ryan started making his way back through the pack.
Ryan brought the RC-51 home in 3rd place. “I’m cold and wet but that was a good race. The tyres gave me a lot of confidence on the brakes and mid corner.” Ryan went on to say. “The leading two where just too far ahead once I’d picked my way through the traffic.”
Race 2 saw a drying track and the only tyre that was fit for the job was the Continental medium compound slick. Ryan had a great battle with two other rider throughout the whole race and came out on top in second place. Unfortunately with the battle so fierce for second, the leader slipped away and was uncatchable.
Ryan then went out following a rest and set the fastest lap of the day putting him on pole for Mondays races.
“I’m over the moon with today’s results and setting the fastest lap to get pole position is a great reward.”
Monday saw the sun back out and the track temperature kept rising thought the day.
Race 1 on Monday saw Ryan in a very lonely 3rd place. He just didn’t have the legs in the RC-51 to catch the front two bikes of Dieterman and Blunt. Ryan finished 8 seconds behind Blunt and 5 seconds in front of the 4th place finisher. More solid championship points.
Race 2 was a different story. Ryan was involved in a close battle with one of the in line 4 Yamaha machines. Although faster in a straight line, Ryan had the corner speed and could catch the Yamaha on the brakes. The battle was tough and neither competitor would give an inch. Ryan slugged it out for 10 laps before coming home in 3rd place for a second time in the day.
“I’m very happy with the bike, the team and results from the weekend. We needed solid points from Snetterton as it’s not one of my favourite tracks. The year is young and with 6 rounds remaining there is plenty of time to make an assault on the championship.”
“Thank you very much Continental for providing me with the amazing tyres.”
Remember you can follow more of Ryan’s action on his website – www.rsracing57.com
All photo credits to Ian Boldy Superbike Photography.