It’s another big weekend of motorsport with both the Cars and Bikes going back to back this weekend. We have F1 action from Bahrain, MotoGP from Argentina, World Superbikes from Assen and for good measure British Superbikes from Brands Hatch.
Although I haven’t previously followed the BSB series, I’m interested to see how the PBM campaign unfolds. Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne regained the title last year on board the Rapid Solicitors branded Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and currently leads the Championship after round 1. After being the only British team contending the MotoGP Championship for the last three years it was disappointing to see PBM exit the Premier Division.
I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Paul and the Venetian Sponsored Super Bikes in Macau last year and a more down to earth bloke you are unlikely to meet. Hopefully it will be another successful year for the team…I look forward to seeing Stuart Easton an Ian Hutchison returning to Macau for this year’s event.
What an interesting week for ‘my guy’ Jack it has been.
Some ‘dodgy’ media and promotional photos caused some debate in my homeland Oz, however at the end of the day Jack scored his first MotoGP points in last weekends COTA Grand Prix. Congrats to him…although I think Stefan Bradl was a little less congratulatory after Jack unfortunately brought him down in turn 1.
At the start of the race Jack repeated his heroics from Qatar to rise from 19th to 11th place before the incident with the German rider. After the contact, Miller dropped back to 15th and spent much of his time battling Nicky Hayden on the Aspar Honda and eventually finished 14th.
As for my own invented Laverty vs Miller battle, the score now stands at 1 all as Laverty finished 16th on the second Aspar powered Honda.
“I was really happy with the race, I learnt a lot fighting with the guys like Nicky (Hayden) and the rest of the group. I must improve the management of my tyres over the first few laps. I need to learn not to be so aggressive on the front tyre, and especially the rear, so that I have more possibilities at the end of the race.
“Overall, I am very happy to finish the race and finally get some points. But now we have to make the next step and look to try and finish inside the top ten.”
“Too bad for how the race ended. I started well, I was fast and surely I could have fought for the head of my class. Immediately after the start I overtook Miller and we were fighting for the position. I passed him on the first corner but he touched me on the rear and I was forced to retire. It’s disappointing because we were really competitive. After Qatar we did a great job and an important step forward. We remain focused for the race in Argentina.”
I look forward to the Qualifying later tonight from Argentina.
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