23-year-old se­cures cov­eted show­down spot just hours af­ter his daugh­ter is born

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Luke Mossey be­came the sixth and fi­nal rider to bag a spot in the 2016 MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike Show­down at Oulton Park this week­end with his best-ever re­sult in the Su­per­bike class.

While his Show­down chances didn’t look great af­ter a tough open­ing race on Satur­day, Mossey was able to cap­i­talise on mis­takes from Tyco BMW’S Michael Laverty with a fifth and se­cond place fin­ish on Sun­day enough to se­cure him a cru­cial top six spot.

The re­sult marked an­other page in what would be a fairy-tale 24 hours for the Quat­tro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki rider af­ter part­ner Susie gave birth to his first child at 5.30am on Sun­day morn­ing.

The 23-year-old had con­sid­ered mak­ing the 170-mile trip back to Cam­bridge on Satur­day night be­fore his girl­friend de­manded he fo­cused on the job at hand and, while gut­ted to miss out on the birth of his baby daugh­ter, he now heads home as a 2016 Bri­tish Su­per­bike ti­tle con­tender.

“I re­ally wanted to go home last night as my girl­friend went into labour but she told me I wasn’t al­lowed!” Mossey told MCN be­fore rush­ing off to meet his daugh­ter for the first time. “She re­ally wanted me to fo­cus on the job we had to do here so at least me made it worth it as we got in the Show­down and I can now look for­ward to the next rounds even more as my daugh­ter will be there!”

Hav­ing gone on to win the BSB Rid­ers’ Cup af­ter miss­ing out on the Show­down last year, Mossey has main­tained all sea­son that his pri­mary goal is to se­cure that top-six spot as the only way he could im­prove on last year’s re­sult.

“We missed out on the Show­down by a cou­ple of points last year so not to make it this time around would have been in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing. I’d told my­self any­thing less than the Show­down wouldn’t be good enough!”

How­ever, while he is now of­fi­cially a ti­tle con­tender, Mossey re­mains re­al­is­tic with his tar­gets for the races ahead.

“The big­gest goal for us now is to bag that elu­sive first win!” he con­tin­ued.

“That se­cond place is my best re­sult in BSB and now we need to go one bet­ter. I’d like to have a few more podiums be­fore the end of the sea­son and if we can get in the top three it would be nice but I’m not un­der any il­lu­sions of how dif­fi­cult it will be to achieve.

“Get­ting in the Show­down might have been the first goal but that doesn’t mean we’re go­ing to let off, I want that race win and we’re go­ing to give it 110% to get there.”

While he has big goals for the rest of the sea­son, Mossey is aware there is still work to do in a num­ber of ar­eas in which he’s found him­self strug­gling so far this year.

“We’re a long way off be­ing per­fect! We’re still strug­gling in wet con­di­tions which is some­thing I’d like to im­prove, I want to be able to fight in the wet like I can in the dry and we’ve also had some is­sues with the soft tyre last­ing this year.”

Those tyre life is­sues nearly put paid to Mossey’s Show­down chances as he dropped from fourth to sev­enth in Satur­day’s open­ing race af­ter start­ing on the softer op­tion SC0 rub­ber. How­ever, hav­ing seen race win­ner Leon Haslam make use of the harder tyre, he changed his strat­egy to turn things around on Sun­day.

“The harder tyre worked on Sun­day and that saw us take fifth and se­cond, which is the best fin­ish in the Su­per­bike class for me, and hope­fully I can build on that now.”

‘I can look for­ward to the next rounds even more as my daugh­ter will be there!’ LUKE MOSSEY

New baby and a spot in the Show­down. Not a bad week­end!

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