Before I review the battle of the British Superbike that continued at Cadwell Park this weekend I must give a heart felt mention to a fabulous lad, Craig Jones. He was one of my best mates in the racing world and certainly my son’s best mate, I am gutted and the sport has been robbed of a super sport.
However sad, the racing world goes on and does provide happy times. The weekend was successful for both riders of the Rizla Suzuki. Tom Sykes and the rest of team were aiming for those wins, but shouldn’t be disappointed with his second places. He is riding the wheels off the bike and doing a fantastic job for both himself and the team. You just knew that when he won his first race it wasn’t going to be his last, he has since taken two more with no doubt more to come.
He now goes to every round and out in every face with such confidence in himself, he knows he has a chance to win it. Tom also did an incredible job at World Superbikes at Brands Hatch again both for him and the team. To do what he did being his first time at World is quite extraordinary, it’s quite an intimidating environment in which he held his own and did a fantastic job for British racing. It has gone to show just how competitive racing is in the UK to move onto a World Superbike and run where he did.
It was fantastic to Atsushi Watanabe this weekend, he’s such a lovely lad. We are willing him on to help make him feel at home in the UK. Cadwell is one of hardest track so it was thought he may have struggled a little bit. However he got to grips with it really quickly and obtained some great results, two top ten finishes, he also did an extraordinary job. Fingers crossed that he’s turned a corner and we will be seeing more of him.
Let’s not forget the exceptional performance from Leon Haslam, he deserved his double wins, he has been working so hard all year. He’s not been seeing the results that he has wanted, but if you can perform at Cadwell you are a superstar. It is the hardest circuit on the calendar and it is one of the tracks that he always does well at. Credit to him he’s kept his head down all year and things are coming together for him, so I don’t think it’s his last win.
Things didn’t go well for Cal Crutchlow even after winning the Chris Jones fund raising Cycle race on Saturday evening. He didn’t do a lot wrong over the weekend, but things didn’t go his way in the races. He struggled in the first race with chatter problems, not a lot you can do then and in the second race he clipped a curb, which took him off immediately.
It goes to show how hard these boys are pushing. He was riding the wheels off the bike and following his crash he picked up the bike up to carry on to finish the race. That went to show that lad has got some guts and determination which was good to see.
Another rider I was really impressed with was Leon Camier in the way he rode, he did extremely well to come back after severely breaking his leg, it must have been quite a daunting thing to go back to the track with. He just got stuck in, showing his commitment.
Unfortunately Karl Harris’s luck continues with him, but it’s just all bad luck. I feel sorry for him, he has got so much potential and after everything that has happened to him this season he is such a hard man. After chopping some off his finger he was straight back out there, you wouldn’t want to mess with him.
As the season is drawing to an end it will be all to watch for with riders continuing to push for the final results. One I will be keeping an eye on is Michael Laverty. I think he expected to go better and he loves Cadwell, this is a rider who has got so much potential which has not fully shone through yet. I am sure he will do it in the next three rounds. He had a good run not so long ago so am not too sure what is going on there, but there is definitely more to come from him and he still keeps smiling.