MAP Raceways Yamaha’s Allan Jon Venter finally has his season on track and aims to continue, if not better his best results so far this season at Croft for the tenth round of the Fuchs-Silkolene Supersport championship.
Venter has been frustrated that he could not obtain the results he believed he should with the team he has supporting him and the competitive machinery he rides. Following his eighth qualifying position Venter finished just off the podium in fourth at Cadwell Park, his best weekend yet and is currently running 13th in the second practice session today at the Yorkshire circuit.
Venter said: “We had a bad weekend at Mallory and after that I went down and stayed with team. I spent time on the bike, rebuilt the engine and worked with mechanics. I feel a lot happier. Also I’ve been training a lot harder. We’ve done some things with the engine and we’ve got extra mechanic so that all helps.”
“I think I was getting a bit uptight and I stopped enjoying it, I have calmed down a bit and now enjoying racing again more. I am in one of the toughest championships, at Cadwell I got on the grid looked around, there are people that I watched on TV. I just want to get on the podium and now we’ve sorted the bike and I’ve started to enjoy riding again we are getting there.”
The South African rider who is based in the UK throughout the racing season is now training hard with team mate Lee Johnston both of which push each other. This season at Croft is completely different to last year for Venter not only due to is fitness but the team, bike and weather.
Venter said: “I was on a Triumph last year and it is wet, in the first session I could barely hold on as Croft is so bumpy. We’ve changed to gas suspension and I feel much more in control. My problem has been qualifying so in the race I have to work my way through so in qualifying it is all about putting a lap together.”
As most right now what next season holds is unknown but Venter wants to stay in Supersport, he’s had his learning year now he wants to stay and constantly battle at the front which he is now showing that he has the capability, but to do that you need a competitive team and machine.