BRANDS HATCH BSB MOSSEY SENSATION
Mossey secures first ever BSB win at Brands Hatch and then does it again in race two to take brilliant Brands double
Young gun Luke Mossey fired a warning shot to the old guard of the MCE British Superbike Championship as he stormed to his debut race victory at Brands Hatch on Monday.
And not only did the 24-year-old beat his older and more experienced rivals once, he showed it wasn’t just a flash-in-the-pan win by doing it again in a hard-fought second race.
On the pace throughout the weekend, Mossey’s maiden win saw him become the youngest rider to win a BSB race since Alex Lowes in 2012.
After taking the BSB Riders’ Cup for being the best-placed non-Showdown rider in his debut year in 2015, Mossey upped the ante again in 2016. His performance earned him a place in the factory-backed JG Speedfit Kawasaki team for 2017 and after finishing second to team-mate Leon Haslam in the opening race at Donington Park, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before he stood on the top step.
“It’s definitely a weight off my shoulders,” he laughed. “Even towards the end of last year people have been asking when I’d win my first race, so to do it so early in the season is a monkey off my back. I’ve finished third and second so it was about time we took a win and to take two in a day – I’m buzzing.”
Mossey’s results go a long way to silencing the critics that claimed he would only ever be fast over a single lap as he’d struggled with race craft in previous years. But his elevation to factory rider status and the introduction of Haslam as his team-mate has helped teach him the tricks of success.
“Last year I was a one-lap man, I can’t deny that,” he confessed. “But it was interesting to see how a rider of Leon’s stature works in testing. From the word go he was concentrating on race runs whereas I’d never done that – you could see it in the races as we’d be quick at the front and then I’d drop back to fifth or sixth. We’ve really taken that on board this year and I’d say this weekend is the first time it’s properly clicked. We nailed both qualifying and race pace, winning race one by three seconds and race two almost from start to finish.”
BSB has come under fire in recent years for being a retirement home for riders returning from the world stage, but Mossey’s victory, as well as a strong showing for Buildbase Suzuki youngster Bradley Ray (see p80), proves fresh talent can rise through the ranks.
“I can’t remember the last time a young rider won a race in BSB, it must have been Alex,” Mossey said. “It’s so
difficult to get to this level on a competitive bike and knowing how hard it is, it’s great to see so many young riders this year with Brad Ray, Taylor Mackenzie and Lee Jackson all looking good. We need to show it’s not all about the old guard!”
Despite sitting just five points behind team-mate Leon Haslam after two rounds, Mossey says he’s not getting carried away with thoughts of the title at this stage.
“I’m not here to make up the numbers, I expect myself to win and hopefully we can fight to be champion and progress to the world stage. But I haven’t really thought about fighting for the championship this year, we’re right in the hunt but it’s early days. The priority for me is winning more races.”