Testing task for race team

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The recent Bank Holiday saw another weekend of brilliant weather and great racing at Oulton Park, as the Colne-based Team Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing riders looked to top their previous round’s four rostrum places from four starts.

In the 125cc championship, Ryan Watson, on his debut, found the unique circuit challenging, but eventually qualified 13th.

Unfortunately, during Monday’s warm up he had a crash, which knocked his confidence slightly. In the race itself, the 125 bogged on the line as the lights went out, and the 13-year-old got boxed in and dropped back, before starting to make good progress, and had got up to 15th when he lost his front end at Old Hall bend, crashing out big style.

The move to Junior 600 Superstock is also proving to be a steep learning curve for Deane Brown, who is coming to terms with riding the much bigger and heavier 600 bike.

Although he was a little disappointed to qualify 13th considering the high speed crash he had at Druids Corner during Sunday’s evening’s final qualifying session, he couldn’t complain too much.

In Monday’s race he got off to a good start and was quickly up to eight, at which point the course car came out following an incident. When the race restarted he emerged in second. He then got a bit excited and was pushing it when he hit a false neutral going into Shell Oils hairpin, ran wide and hit the dust.

It was left to the team’s Supersport 600 rider Jack Kennedy to bring home the points, which once again he did in style. As at Brands, both races turned into a scrap between Jack, Ben Wilson and Alistair Seeley. In Sunday evening’s race, having qualified fourth, Jack and the other two riders quickly got away and swapped places throughout. In a blanket finish, Jack just missed out and finished third.

Monday’s televised race was almost a re-run, with all three riders on lap record pace before Wilson and Seeley got the upper hand in the final stages, leaving the young Irishman to again cross the line in third place.

Afterwards his manager commented: “This was another impressive performance from Jack. Both Wilson and Seeley are experienced riders who know how to win. Whilst he may be a bit tired of finishing third, I’m confident he will start to win races. He has the pace, and learning all the time, and the nice thing is people are starting to notice what good potential he has. Roll on Croft! ”

Next up, the team heads up to North Yorkshire and the high speed Croft circuit, where both Deane and Jack finished on the podium last year.