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It was another dramatic weekend of racing at Thruxton, with a number of impressive rides across the paddock. However, having taken his maiden podium in the blue riband class, James Whitham and the Eurosport team chose Quattro Plant Kawasaki star Luke Mossey as the R&G Rookie of the Meeting for a second consecutive round.
With Mossey making inroads to the top of the overall ‘R&G Rookie of the Year’ standings, it is Joe Collier who continues to lead the way with his impressive form in the Motorpoint British Supersport EVO class. Things are heating up behind him however, as a difficult weekend for Kyle Ryde has seen him slip back to third with Moto3 star Scott Deroue moving up to second. Following a crash at Brands Hatch during a wildcard event, KTM Cup rider Thomas Strudwick was forced to miss Thruxton with injury, meaning Cameron Fraser has now become the top KTM rider.
Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey was also the R&G Rookie of the Meeting at Brands Hatch, following his career best results of two seventh places in the blue riband MCE British Superbike Championship. He was awarded his prize on the grid prior to race one, however proving he is adapting the challenges of the Superbike with every outing, Thruxton saw the young rider take yet another step forward.
Finishing second overall on combined Free Practice times, he demonstrated incredible maturity during the three stage qualifying session to secure his maiden front row start for the opening race. With a red flag seeing the race restarted over a shortened 15 lap stint, Mossey entered an enthralling six rider battle for the final step on the podium, eventually crossing the line in a best finish of sixth. It was the second race where Mossey really shone, battling with reigning Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne throughout to take his first podium, crossing the line just over a tenth of a second behind the BSB legend.
Speaking on his selection, James Whitham said “This was a really tough weekend to pick just one rookie. There is a real depth of talent across the field and Joe Collier is riding fantastically in the Supersport EVO class and is a deserved leader of the overall standings. I also want to give a special nod to Alex Olsen, who took his debut podium in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class.
However the Rookie of the Meeting had to go to Luke Mossey. Taking a front row start in the Superbike class is no easy feat but to then back that up by battling with a four time champion throughout both races and securing your first ever podium was truly special.”
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.
With the 2015 British Superbike Championship reaching the quarter way mark of the season, the R&G Rookies’ Trophy has enjoyed an action-packed start as the newcomers battle for the lead in the Championship and a place at all four levels of the renowned California Superbike School.
Founded back in 1980 by Keith Code, the world-renowned California Superbike School offers expert tuition and a step-by-step method of training in the art of cornering motorcycles. Based at Silverstone, the School runs over four levels, with each one teaching precise technical riding skills, and will prove the perfect platform for the winning rookie to further improve their riding skills.
The School, which has trained such stars as ex BSB Champion Leon Camier and MotoGP Moto2 rider Thomas Luthi, is supported by R&G protection, to ensure its Ducati machines are kept in top working condition. The School runs 1299 and 899 Panigale sports bikes, plus Monster 1200 roadster machinery.
One of the rookies to shine has been Kyle Ryde in the British Supersport Championship, who, despite being in his debut year in the class, sits just one point from the series lead. Getting to grips with his Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport bike, Ryde has also impressed on the world stage by taking a stunning podium when he wildcarded in the World Supersport race at Donington.
Equally impressive has been Supersport EVO contender Joe Collier, who has taken four wins from six starts to lead the series by a huge 56 points. The Triumph Haribo Starmix rider was also judged by Eurosport’s James Whitham as his ‘Rookie of the Meeting’ last time out at Oulton Park, based upon performance, conduct and effort over the three days. Each winner of the Rookie of the Meeting receives two sets of R&G Aero Knee Sliders.
However, following three action-packed Ducati TriOptions Cup races and an exciting Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park as part of the supporting bill for World Superbike Championship, Jody Lees leads the R&G Rookies’ Trophy ahead of Superstock 1000 rider Nico Mawhinney. Kyle Ryde sits in third.
Proving to be one of the most exciting classes, the inaugural Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup has seen the young stars of tomorrow cut their teeth in front of a packed crowd. Open to riders between 13-18 years old, the five races so far this season have been enthralling, and it is Cameron Fraser who leads the way. R&G also supports the series, providing riders with two sets of Engine Case Covers, Toe Guards and a 50% discount on R&G products.
R&G UK Sales Manager Alan Garrett commented “The start of the 2015 R&G Rookies’ Trophy has been sensational and we’ve seen some of the very best new talent shining through. Kyle Ryde has been the revelation of the Supersport class, but the depth of talent runs throughout the league, with the ‘KTM Cup’ providing enthralling racing that’s made even more special with many of the riders enjoying their first foray into the world of motorcycle racing.”
The new 2015 specification R&G Race Series Engine Case Covers range have been track proven to offer race teams the maximum protection in case of a crash. They are currently widely used across the MCE British Superbike Championship paddock, most notably by Team WD-40, Riders BMW, RAF Reserves and Morello Racing.
Having been specifically developed in collaboration with selected MCE British Superbike Championship teams and during the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge (2014), R&G’s Race Series Engine Case Covers have been crash tested at the highest level, ensuring they meet and exceed the required standards for case protection. R&G’s entire range of Engine Case Covers (ECCs) and Engine Case Cover Kits (KECs) have been approved by the British Superbike Championship and the American Motorcycling Association for use in any competition sanctioned by these organisations. Crucially both the ‘Race’ and standard covers are available in kit format, saving costs all through the life of the unit as replacement parts can be ordered separately.
The new 2015 specification Race Series Case Covers have been specially developed at the request of the race teams and include a replaceable puck on the impact face. This new puck not only further enhances the protection offered by a standard R&G Engine Case Cover by providing more material to ‘grind through’ but also offers an easy, low-cost fix in the case of a minor slide, as it can be replaced and the cover used again and again.
The ultra-lightweight Race Series Case Covers are crafted from 4mm polypropylene, offering strength and durability, while the slimline design ensures maximum ground clearance. Simply bolting on over the original engine casing, the Race Series Case covers are easy to install and require no adhesives, silicone or epoxies.
The Race Series covers are used extensively across the BSB paddock and beyond, with Team WD-40, Riders BMW, RAF Reserves, Morello Racing, MWR Kawasaki, NMT No Limits Kawasaki and True Heroes Racing all using the cover, alongside riders Adam Jenkinson, Freddy Pett, Levi Day, Sam Coventry, Luke Shelley and Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness. Every machine in the Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup is also fitted with R&G Race Series Case Covers.
The current eligible machines for the R&G Race Series Case Covers include the Suzuki GSX-R1000, Triumph Daytona 675, Honda CBR1000 RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZX-10R, BMW S1000RR, KTM RC 390 and Yamaha YZF-R1, with more variants in development.
R&G UK Sales Manager Alan Garrett commented “Our Race Series Case Covers have been specifically developed at the highest level of racing to ensure maximum protection in case of a crash. The cost of replacing an engine casing or removing debris from an engine is an expense that race teams do not need, so our new 2015 specification allows them to quickly replace the puck in case of a small crash, whilst offering full protection in case of a larger one.”
Brent Gladwin, Team WD40 Owner said, “Unfortunately we’ve had our fair share of crashes this year, but thanks to the R&G crash protection on our machines, the damage has been minimal. The best example of the Race Series Case Covers doing their job perfectly was at Oulton Park recently, when Tarran Mackenzie crashed his Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki during the race. Despite heavy impact and sliding down the tarmac for some 150 yards at high speed, the engine suffered no damage at all – which, along with the rest of the R&G items on our bike, meant we were able to walk away from a potentially expensive crash with nothing more than some broken fairings!”