BSB Rd 8 Cadwell Park
Well it was sold as the ‘Party in The Park’, and it most certainly lived up to it’s billing. Apart from a spell of monsoon quality rain on Saturday evening, the rest of the Bank Holiday meeting was bathed in sunshine, and the racing was as good as it’s going to get.
BSB certainly delivered the goods….. yet again.
A win apiece for ‘Shakey’ on the Be Wiser Paul Bird Ducati & the JG Speedfit Kawaskai mounted ‘Pocket Rocket’, together with a second and a third place finish for the ‘O Show’ on board the amazing Honda Fireblade, means that this tussling trio have now confirmed their places in the upcoming Showdown Phase.
So just the triple header at Oulton Park to sort out the three remaining three vacant births – and with 7 further riders currently outside the top six points scorers mathematically in with a shout, m’mm…. ten into three definitely won’t go, so make sure you are there to see who makes the cut. Definitely a meeting not to be missed!!
Word also has it that Ryuichi Kiyonari has also got himself fixed up with the Smiths BMW Team, and the three time former champion should be raring to go at the magnificent Cheshire track.
All I can say is…Good luck Kiyo & let’s hope that it’s the Orient Express that turns up to play. Otherwise…..
One of the most heartening sights at Cadwell was the performance of Ian Hutchinson in winning the Superstock 1000 race. His second this year. Hitting the front on the second lap he was never challenged thereafter. Majestic.
When he took Pole in qualifying we were searching the record books to find out when he last sat on Pole. The answer, and he confirmed it when I spoke to him Sunday evening, was….. NEVER on the short circuits. Amazing for such a quality act – but then when you consider the way his career was interrupted with that leg injury from 2010 through until this year really, I suppose it’s not totally surprising. But overall what a story of sheer guts & determination to overcome all obstacles.
Personally I was also delighted to see Bradley Ray pick up wins in both Supersport races. I’ve got a lot of time for Brad, he’s a regular visitor to the Commentary Box for a chat. He’s got a nice personality & is always smiling and happy go lucky. He also has a fully supportive mum & dad who work all hours to bank role his racing – but then again what racer doesn’t?????
Incidentally you may recall, if you saw it that is, that in the second race he overtook early leader Mason Law to take the lead, & then immediately let him have the place back straight away.
Reason being, he had overtaken under a Yellow Flag. He realised what he had done & then complied with the rules to avoid a penalty.
Viz. MCRCB Yearbook Regulations.
2.8.2 Waved Yellow Flag.
Penalty for overtaking or not slowing down when waved Yellow Flag/Light shown and NOT immediately raising a hand and reversing any positional or time advantage gained: etc., etc.
…………..So as he DID comply with the above, No Penalty resulted.
Anyway that’s it for this time, a shorter Blog as I’m chasing my tail in preparing all the paperwork in readiness for commentating at the OCTO British Moto GP at Silverstone.
Should be a fantastic meeting, what with Brno race winners Cal Crutchlow & John McPhee back on home turf, along with brothers Sam & Alex Lowes, Scott Redding and Danny Kent amongst others on duty.
Going to be a big crowd – hope you are amongst them. But remember to take time out to visit the Clinton Enterprises stands whilst you’re there, as all OFFICIAL OCTO British Grand Prix merchandise is again provided by Clintons. PLUS Sam Lowes own merchandise, Alex’s Monster Tech 3, plus of course so much more. Go visit them – you will be amazed at the vast array & quality of products on display.
See ya at Silverstone and/or Oulton Park BSB.
Enjoy the racing.