J W Racing’s James Westmoreland was forced to ride his spare bike in the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship race at Croft due to problems being discovered on race day in morning warm up.
The spare bike had not been used all weekend, but the risk was to great to rely on his number one to get him to the finish line. After a strong weekend that saw him qualify yet again on the front row in second place Westmoreland had positive feelings for race day which would take place in front of his new sponsors A1 Moto Services.
Westmoreland said: “Gutted with fourth place is an understatement. In qualifying I had a perfect package and having to ride the spare bike I did not have the same feeling. I had massive vibrations and chatter on the front end which pumped up my arms, and no rear grip from the start but I was determined to win the race for my team and sponsors.”
“I gave it absolutely everything out there today but I had nothing left on the last lap. Its one of those things but I am convinced if I was on my preferred bike it would have been a very different story. The championship is now over but I will not stop fighting and we go to Silverstone with nothing to lose. I feel robbed to have only finished fourth but I am very proud of the battle I put up in far from ideal circumstances.”
Even though Westmoreland lost a few points to Bruce Wilson he held onto his third place position in the overall standings and will go to the next two rounds with the intention to pick up another win or two before the end of the season.