Following two action-packed MCE British Superbike races at Brands Hatch, which saw a number of experienced riders crash out of contention, James Whitham named rookie rider Luke Mossey the R&G Rookie of the Meeting, as the young star kept his cool, bagging his best results of the season.
Mossey’s performance at Brands Hatch sees him move up the overall ‘R&G Rookie of the Year’ rankings, which is currently headed by Supersport riders Joe Collier and Kyle Ryde, with Moto3 rider Scott Deroue in third. All three riders, along with Rookie riders from every BSB class, are battling for the Rookie of the Year Trophy, plus a place at all four levels of the renowned California Superbike School, based at Silverstone, where even top racers continue to hone their skills.
Regarded as the home of Superbike racing in the UK, the Brands Hatch circuit is one of the most iconic race tracks in the world and is considered a true riders’ circuit, thanks to its mix of elevation changes, fast flowing corners and the slow Druids Hairpin. Despite it being Luke’s first visit to the full circuit on the Superbike, he immediately showed his pace by running the eighth fastest time in free practice before qualifying tenth.
After impressing everyone during testing, Luke has steadily progressed with every round and enjoyed his best finishes of the year during both races at Brands Hatch. With the opening race seeing a number of top names crash out of contention, including series leader and reigning champion Shane Byrne, the young rider kept his cool in the hot temperatures to score seventh place – ahead of experienced names such as Dan Linfoot, James Westmoreland, Billy McConnell and ex-MotoGP rider Broc Parkes. Repeating his performance in race two, Luke scored another seventh place finish to mark his most successful round of the season to date.
Brands Hatch also saw the R&G Rookie of the Meeting from Knockhill, Kyle Ryde, pick up his prize on the grid ahead of the feature Supersport race. It has been an incredible season for Ryde in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, and with two second place finishes at Brands he sits just eight points from the series lead.