WARM-UP CRASH COSTS MOSSEY

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Snet­ter­ton proved to be a dis­as­trous week­end for MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike se­ries leader Luke Mossey, whose stun­ning 2017 con­sis­tency fal­tered in Sun­day’s two races af­ter a big crash in morn­ing warm-up.

The 24-year-old tucked the front at Nel­son’s in what was a rel­a­tively in­no­cent-look­ing crash un­til his slid­ing bike took off on the raised kerb­ing and landed heav­ily, nose first.

With the ma­chine com­pletely writ­ten off, the JG Speed­fit Kawasaki team bat­tled to build a new bike ahead of the open­ing race and while they mirac­u­lously com­pleted their task in less than two hours, brake is­sues would then rule Mossey out of the open­ing en­counter as well as see him strug­gle to bounce back in race two.

“I came down the back straight and the lever pulled right back to the bar,” Mossey told MCN. “I man­aged to slow my­self us­ing the rear brake and had no choice but to re­tire.

“We had a sim­i­lar is­sue in race two but I stayed out. I was hav­ing to brake so early it meant we had no chance of a de­cent re­sult and I man­aged to cross the line tenth. It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause, while I don’t think we had the pace to run with Shakey and the Yama­has to­day, we could have had two top fives if not been on the podium and that’s im­por­tant for us if we want to fight for the ti­tle.”

The week­end didn’t go Mossey’s way

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