MOSSEY ‘THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!’
23-year-old secures coveted showdown spot just hours after his daughter is born
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!