A great return for OMG to the Bennetts British Superbike paddock after the testing weekend at Donington saw OMG Racing’s dynamic duo Luke Mossey and Josh Elliott deliver two double points finishes and return to the top of the Suzuki throne. In a weekend that had it all weather-wise, both riders finished both races for the first time since Silverstone and crossed a big technical hurdle which had held the team back in previous rounds!
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The predictably unpredictable weather played a huge role across the weekend, but the weather was surprisingly sunny for Free Practice 1! The OMG boys started off strong, P12 for Josh and P14 for Luke as the team began looking for that elusive ‘sweet spot’. Changes were made, cups of tea brewed and Mossey came out fighting in FP2 – pushing his GSX-R1000 up to P9 by the end of the first day. Jossi meanwhile began his second course of changes, which unfortunately didn’t go as well as expected – putting him in P20. Bike setup is a lot of small changes and you can never expect to do everything right with the bike, and the OMG team worked around the clock to make big steps this weekend. (but if you can find a way to do everything right on a bike, start buying our lottery tickets please).
Day two brought different challenges, as the weather changed from rain to sunshine, back to rain… it felt like every time we went on track the rain came back! No time to admire the inaccuracies of the MET Office weather forecast though – the Brands Hatch crowd came for a show and OMG dispatched Jossi and Mossey to grab more track time, finishing FP3 with Luke in P11 and Josh in P19.
Race one on Sunday arrived and along came the rain… and then the sunshine! (You can see where this is going right?). A fully wet Brands became an almost bone-dry Brands as the race progressed, but both Luke and Josh battled their way up and down the order as everyone attempted to handle the changeable conditions. Mossey produced a fantastic fightback after being pushed wide at druids by Farmer on the opening lap, enjoying a good scrap with BSB veteran Ellison before a charging Glenn Irwin bumped him just out of the top 10 with two laps to go. Jossi on the other hand had a great start, moving up as high as P14 before the drying track began to take its toll on his rear grip, forcing the Ulsterman back to P18 with two laps remaining. The OMG Fans wanted points, and Elliott delivered – overtaking Truelove and Ray, before bagging Corti on the last corner! That’s a 5* review for service!
Starting P8 (Luke) and P14 (Josh) for race two, the onus was on more points to add to the weekend’s haul, and the boys delivered another double points finish for the team, with some fantastic racing against factory machines! (Boy did we spoil you guys with that battle for P10). With less than a second separating P10 to P14 for most of the race, Mossey produced a stunning set of last lap moves to squeeze past both Honda’s, very nearly taking that elusive top 10 finish off Glenn Irwin. The gap at the chequered flag? 0.061! For Jossi it was another scrap with Corti on the cards, but thankfully Josh gave us more breathing room than last time, comfortably coming home in P15. With a few more laps, he might have got Ellison – but que sera sera eh?
Two P11’s for Luke and two P15’s for Josh, some people would call that consistency right? For OMG it’s another benchmark weekend that sees them leave Brands with the two top Suzuki riders in the championship and plenty of new ideas on how to keep developing the GSX-R1000 ahead of the long trip to Knockhill.
Luke Mossey #12 – Bennetts British Superbike – Championship Position: 14th
Race 1 – P11
Race 2 – P11
“A positive weekend if I’m honest, we’ve come away with two 11th places – little bit frustrated we didn’t come away with two top tens, but all the boys are working really hard and we’re really not far away. We’ve cured this chatter problem that we’ve had the last two rounds and that’s unearthed another area to develop but like I said, we’re really not far away. Everyone’s working their butts off so the results are coming I’m sure of that, I feel really confident in myself and the bike is generally really good so all credit to the OMG team, we’ll look forward to Knockhill and hopefully keep improving there”
Josh Elliott #10 – Bennetts British Superbike – Championship Position: 11th
Race 1 – P15
Race 2 – P15
“Bit of a challenging day weather-wise, race one was mixed conditions – the race started wet and we knew it was going to dry up. Of course, it ended up drying pretty fast and we just struggled with grip, the wet tyres didn’t really hook up well in the wet and then ended up spinning a lot in the dry. But we came away with a good 15th. Race two was bone dry but just struggled in a few areas, similarly to Donington so hopefully we’ll get a chance to really look at those before Knockhill so we can arrive with an improved package. Obviously we’re looking to get ourselves back up the pecking order really and get some more points because the team have been working mega hard and we’re not getting the results for one reason or another.”
Paul Curran – OMG Racing Team Principal
“Two points finishes from both riders in both races, we had kind of hoped it would have been further up the field but points are points at the end of the day. The practice and qualifying sessions went okay, the weather kind of scuppered our plans and what we wanted to do but it’s the same for everyone. There’re a few things on the bike which, at the moment, the riders aren’t happy with which is in turn preventing them from pushing that little bit harder. We’ll be working on those before the next round, hopefully those things will all work themselves out of the bike and we can get ourselves further up in the points again.”
For ‘Mr G’, Brands was a return to consistency and gives the team a strong base to build on for Knockhill.
Alan Gardner – Team OMG
“I think it’s been a good weekend for us in terms of building ourselves back up from Donington. It was mentally tough on the team and so to get both bikes in the points in both races shows we’re moving back in the right direction with things.
Luke and Josh are giving it their all on track, and all our guys and girls in the garages are taking all that information and using it to keep developing the bike. For OMG to be the top two Suzuki’s in the series shows just how hard everyone is working to get back to the front, obviously they’ve all got a bit of a taste for champagne now and they’re eager to get it again!
This week we’ve had some inspiration coming from the students down at the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School, who came down and visited us on Friday after we took Luke’s bike up there on Thursday. It’s great seeing kids (and adults) really lighting up when they see the bikes or speak to any of the team and you really can’t miss the fans out there supporting the team on social media or wearing the merch. We’ll keep putting smiles on faces and keep on enjoying our racing, the results will come again.”
Next up for Team OMG it’s a long trek to Knockhill for Round 5 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Tickets are on sale now, and OMG will be looking to reinvigorate their season up in Scotland.