OMG Racing UK enjoyed a steep learning curve at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Fawkham, Kent. It proved to be a testing weekend, but delivered some positives and as the weekend wore on, both BSB star Gino Rea and National Superstock 1000 rookie Ben Luxton made great improvements in the setting of their bikes, giving the OMG team much promise as the Oulton Park test day looms large.
A frenetic Brands Hatch Indy circuit saw Gino Rea take to the venue for the first time in race weekend conditions. Originally from Tooting, this is as close to home as he will get all year. Rea, whilst down the leaderboard in terms of time, was just fractionally off the pace of the top guys - highlighting just how hard and competitive the British Superbike championship is this year. The Londoner placed 19th and 17th, but a breakthrough on Sunday gives Gino and the team the confidence that they will soon be placed in the top spots.
'It was a tricky weekend! The first session on Friday was wet and my limited experience at Brands Hatch Indy put us on the backfoot a little.
‘During the weekend the whole OMG team worked hard to find the right direction and after the first race struggles we made a bold decision to revert to something we had at Cartagena, when I was feeling great with the bike. In the second race, I immediately lapped 0.4 seconds quicker and was behind Ellison before the red flag came out due to rain. It's important that we made this step forward, especially for my confidence; we cut the gap in laptime to the leaders pretty much by half from race one to race two so we are taking the positives!
'In the wet restart of race two, I got a great start and was OK at the start of the race, battling in the pack, but as it rained more, I just had zero grip, mainly on corner entry. The rear of the bike was coming around on me every time I leaned the bike in, so I had to just bring it home. I'm confident we'll regroup and find the right way forward for round three at Oulton Park. Thank you to everyone in OMG Racing for their hard work and continued efforts!'
OMG Racing are remaining philosophical after the weekend, even though there were no points scored. The team look ahead to apply the positives that they have gathered from their 2nd ever BSB round.
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