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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week In Mcn - OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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.”

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