Stratford's British Superbike Championship team OMG Racing looking forward to Silverstone after frustrating Snetterton results
TEAM principal Paul Curran says OMG Racing are already looking forward to Silverstone after a frustrating weekend for riders Brad Ray and Kyle Ryde at the latest British Superbike Championship round at Snetterton.
The Masons Road-based team were buoyed by the news that Ryde was passed fit to race after fracturing his heel during testing at Cadwell Park last month.
However, qualifying did not go to plan for OMG, with former Red Bull rookie Ray languishing in 18th and Ryde a place behind in 19th.
Both riders got away well in race one on Saturday and after a sterling drive, Ray picked up valuable points with an impressive race to ninth while Ryde would finish where he started.
The second race on Sunday morning saw Ryde line up 23rd and Ray in a much stronger eighth for the 16-lap race. Ray would struggle to match the pace of his rivals and come home 12th while Ryde finished in an unexpected but welcome 15th.
Race three was an interrupted affair as the original race was red-flagged after a mechanical issue caused Danny Buchan to crash and saw others slip off in the aftermath.
The restart promoted Ray to seventh and Ryde 13th for the five-lap dash to the finish. Ryde put in the performance of his weekend to bag tenth, just behind Ray who crossed the line in ninth.
“It wasn’t an easy weekend on either side of the garage for different reasons,” said Curran. “The results weren’t what we were all hoping for at the start of the weekend.
“Qualifying didn’t go to plan for Brad which hampered his progress, but he worked hard to get the best results he could in all three races.
“We have found a direction to go with the bike for him and we’re looking forward to exploring that more at Silverstone. For Kyle to race competitively let along bring home points was a testament to his determination.
“The set-up wasn’t quite there for him on Saturday, but changes overnight led to a better feeling with the bike that helped him bring home two excellent results.
“Silverstone holds happy memories for the team and we’re looking forward to getting down there and seeing strong performances.”
Round eight of the BSB takes place at Silverstone from Friday, 10th to Sunday, 12th September.