MOSSEY STAKES BSB TITLE CLAIM
While 21-year-old Jake Dixon was doing the winning, fellow young gun Luke Mossey took over at the top of the championship standings in the absence of team-mate Leon Haslam (see page 80).
Just three points behind Haslam after the opening three rounds, all Mossey had to do was take a single 12th place to take the championship lead.
With that in mind, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki man opted against pushing beyond his limits to challenge Dixon in the opening race, instead focusing on the main title rival – Shane Byrne.
“As far as I’m concerned, Leon and Shakey are the guys I need to beat,” he said. “They’re the championship favourites and today I beat Shakey once and finished one position behind him in the second race. I know I need to be in the strongest possible position going into the Showdown, keep racking up the podium credits and be there to give it a bloody good go at the end.
“Last year we were taking it race by race, not thinking about the championship, but with the start we’ve had this year and now we’re leading the championship four rounds in it’s definitely on my mind. Jake was putting in some pretty hot laps in race one and he was having a few moments so I thought ‘have it’ as I knew I couldn’t afford to fall.”
Mossey looked set to further increase his series lead as he led the second race by two seconds before a huge moment saw him drop back into the clutches of the chasing pack. While he was understandably annoyed with his fourth place result, he knows all too well it’s consistency that counts in a championship fight.
“I had a big moment going down the hill. I don’t know how I saved it, it was nothing to do with talent! I’m a bit gutted I missed out on podium credits, but I can’t say I wasn’t trying. These moments happen and while it’s disappointing you’ve got to take the positives. We’re consistently at the front where we need to be every weekend.”
‘I had a big moment – I don’t know how I saved it, it was nothing to do with talent!’ LUKE MOSSEY
While Dixon took the glory, Mossey took control of the title standings