Hydrex Honda’s Tom Grant qualified on the front row in the Fuchs-Silkolene Supersport Championship at Croft this weekend in only his second outing with the team and only a half a second off pole position.
Up until a few rounds a go Grant rode with Centurion Supersport team but had to leave due to lack of funding, now after obtaining cash he is able to take part in the remaining rounds with Hydrex.
Grant says: “I’ve been speaking to Shaun [Muir – team manager] the past couple of years about getting back on a bike with a top team, I think he pulled a few strings to get me out there at Cadwell and it was on a round by round basis. Cadwell went really well and it’s going good this weekend and we’re back in the point end of the grid," said Grant, speaking to bikesportnews.com this afternoon.
“In the first session I was in the top ten and we used limited tyres to save money, this afternoon we pushed harder to the front row and that was my aim. The bike is so strong now we have done a lot of development work from Cadwell to here.”
This is a bit of whirlwind for Grant as his season has been rescued by one of the most competitive teams in the paddock. Grant said: “The bike is completely different to Centurion’s bike as that was fast at the top end, but lacking at the bottom. That is something I said whilst being with the team.”
“Here the bike is good at top end and the engine is much stronger, plus it’s a completely different setup, different team and they work in different ways. I seemed to have gelled with Hydrex straight away. I’m going to use this opportunity to improve myself and I am concentrating on this year and getting the results what we deserve. What I deserve as the past couple of years it’s just been accidents and stuff, I want to finish the year on a high rather than a low.”