Quattro Teccare Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey took a well-deserved podium in the opening MCE British Superbike race at Knockhill after taking advantage of a tangle between John Hopkins and Michael Laverty saw him grab third place.
The Royston rider said he was too cautious getting away from his front-row start slot in race two and decided discretion was the better part of valour and bagged some points towards his Showdown challenge.
"It was a really mixed weekend at Knockhill and the weather conditions played their part in proceedings as they seem to do every time we visit here. I felt really confident on the Quattro TecCare Kawasaki throughout the dry conditions and Ray and my team found a really good set-up that suited me really well. I got my head down during qualifying and despite the rain trying to cause problems I was able to put in a time that put me in 12th,” he said.
“I knew I'd have a lot of work to do in race one but I knew my times had been consistent every time we'd had a dry track. My start was pretty average and I dropped a few places but the safety car bunched us all back together again, when the car came in I was able to get some really good drive over the hill and make some passes into turn one.
“I worked hard and could see a podium place for the taking so when Michael (Laverty) and John (Hopkins) made a mistake at the Hairpin I was keen to get by. I knew I had good pace and was watching what was going on between Dan (Linfoot) and Leon (Haslam) in front of me for the win and I didn't think there was room for three of us to be going for the same line. I was happy in third and really pleased that I've finally managed to get my first podium of the year for the team as they give me everything and it is nice to be able to repay them.
“When the rain started for race two I knew it would be tricky despite my front row start. I spun a little off the line and was maybe over cautious on lap one and dropped several places. However I did start to find a rhythm throughout the race and was happy with the times and pace I was able to set. The pack in front had made a big break so I knew it would be stupid to try and bridge the gap. I got some points in the bag and hope we can have a decent weekend at Snetterton.”