Chris Taylor Shows Podium Pace In Oulton Park BSB Motostar Races
Chris Taylor produced two front running performances at Oulton Park over the weekend to move into tenth place overall in the British Motostar Championship.
Seventh on Saturday in the ‘sprint’ race after a charge through the field following a tyre change when it started to rain, showed that the #97 Microlise Cresswell Racing Mahindra rider had pace around the fast flowing Cheshire Circuit, but it was in yesterday’s ‘feature’ race where he showed his true podium potential.
Running in a podium position in the early stages he eventually had to settle for fifth at the flag, a mere second from the win in his best race of the season.
The results are a massive confidence boost for Taylor, who is aiming for a repeat performance in the final races of the 2018 season.
“Free Practice was solid and I felt good from the off. It was wet but drying in qualifying I so I waited as long as I could before going out to get a banker in. I got held up a bit on my final fast lap but managed to qualify on the second row. The rain came just before the first race on Saturday so we had to change from wet to dry tyres. We managed to change the tyres but I missed the pit exit cut off which meant a back row start as the pit lane was closed by the time I was ready to go. It was annoying as all my hard work in qualifying meant nothing. I know I could have fought at the front. I had the fourth fastest lap time and even after starting at the back was able to finish. It’s a joke really that I was put in that position but what can you say? Sunday’s race was dry and I was determined to make up for Saturday’s race. I made a good start and was running third in the early laps. I was really over riding the bike as we were down on power and in the end I finished fifth but not much more than a second from the win. I need to keep my head down and focus on some more front running results in the final races to hopefully attract me a sponsor for next year, where if I can get a faster bike I can show what I am capable of. Thanks to everyone for their support.”
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