With Josh Elliott unable to ride due to food poisoning and Billy McConnell breaking his collarbone during free practice 2, it was up to the still injured Luke Mossey to fly the OMG flag in racing action for the weekend. He did an excellent job, with 3 point-scoring races riding with a broken leg and challenging the showdown competitors. Whilst we unravel him from the bubble wrap, here’s your recap of an eventful Oulton Park!
Bennetts British Superbikes
With Josh missing out on the weekend’s action after a particularly bad case of food poisoning, Billy McConnell again got the opportunity to jump on the OMG Superbike and started where he’d left off at Cadwell Park with a solid P23 in Free Practice 1 . Mossey meanwhile found himself just outside the top 10 in P11, as the team looked to improve on a disappointing Oulton earlier in the season. The drama was to come in Free Practice 2, with Billy being launched from the bike at Britten’s which saw the session red-flagged and the Aussie taken to the medical centre where we were told he had a bad fracture of his collarbone (If we’re honest, looking at the photo’s Bill put up it was basically broken). A shame to end Bill’s weekend in that way, he just hasn’t had the luck this season, has he?
It was left to Luke to plough a lone OMG furrow for the remainder of the weekend, P13 in FP2 was the last bit of running he’d get ahead of a busy Saturday with FP3 conditions being too unpredictable to consider posting any competitive laps. Qualifying followed, with Mossey pushing on into Q2 and lining up for Race 1 a respectable P11 after Andrew Irwin was demoted to the back of the grid following incidents at Cadwell Park.
An eventful Race 1 saw Luke make a great start and move as high as P8 before a red flag brought a reshuffle of the pack, unfortunately under the restart, that pesky Britten’s chicane caught Luke out as well and the run-off forced him to rejoin at the back of the pack. A fantastic few laps saw him recover back up to P12 and start the weekend off with points after a great battle over the last lap with Ellison.
Race 2 again was packed with incidents, but thankfully Luke steered clear of trouble after the MV Augusta brought out the safety car. Bringing the bike home P10 was a fantastic result in itself, having built a sizeable 4 second gap to Forés and challenged the Showdown-challenging trio of Iddon, Hickman and Mackenzie.
Of course, a triple header means 3 races, and in Race 3 the Showdown drama came to a head. Mossey lined up P11 and slotted in behind the Honda duo of Andrew Irwin and Forés as the race reached its mid-point. High drama unfolded, after Iddon suffered a bike failure and Irwin remarkably managed to hold onto the bike despite virtually ramming the stricken Stockport rider. In the aftermath, Luke was able to slip by Spaniard Forés and chased Irwin for the remainder of the race, where he finished just a tenth behind in P11.
Bit of a toughie, but with two weeks till Assen we’re hopeful to have Luke and Josh closer to full fitness and ready to push back into the top 10!
Luke Mossey #12 – Bennetts British Superbike – Championship Position: 11th
Race 1 – P12
Race 2 – P10
Race 3 – P11
“I’m happy with the weekend under the circumstances with my injury, the team worked really hard to make me feel comfortable on the bike and I was pleased with how it went. I’ve now got some time to get myself ready for Assen so hopefully we can be further up the grid when we next get out on track.”
Paul Curran – OMG Racing Team Principal
“Losing two riders before any racing action isn’t ideal but that’s how racing goes sometimes – obviously Josh we lost before we got on track with food poisoning, then Billy had an off in FP2 and was just unlucky with the impact. Sometimes you get away with those and sometimes you don’t, and as it’s really been all year for him, he never seems to get the luck. Poor bugger.
It’s a good performance from Luke given that every time he’s got progressively more tired every time he got on the bike due to his injury. Really impressive ride and we’ve made some big strides forward on setup so hopefully we can bring those forward to Assen”
Alan Gardner was relieved to get through the weekend, with the focus now on rest and recovery for the whole team ahead of Assen.
Alan Gardner – Team OMG
“Long weekend for us in terms of worrying about the health of our riders, we’re relieved to hear that both Josh and Billy are recovering and should be back on their respective bikes shortly. Safe to say we just haven’t had the luck this year with regard to injuries and health, but what’s important to us is that all our riders are fit, healthy and smiling, after that the points will come!
Luke did a fantastic job to say he’s riding injured, and we can’t fault his efforts this weekend – he gave it everything and ultimately, we’ve still been there or there about.”
Next up for us we’re going continental as we head to the Netherlands and Assen for Round 10, where Josh will return to ride alongside Luke, who knows, maybe Billy can make it too!