It was a tale of what could have been for Lincolnshire lad Lee Jackson at Cadwell Park this weekend after a nasty crash in the opening race curtailed his hopes of a home round podium.
The 20-year-old had turned heads across the weekend as he consistently posted lap times to place him in the top five throughout practice. He went on to further impress in the final Q3 session as he lapped well under Leon Haslam’s nine-year-old lap record and looked set to take a front row start until a late surge from Ducati’s Shane Byrne knocked him back to fourth.
Having shown quick pace on used tyres, Jackson was confident ahead of Monday’s first race but while fighting well in the top six in the early stages, he lost the front at Charlie’s and catapulted his S1000RR into the air fence.
Having been unable to set a quick lap in the short time he was in the race, Jackson was left with a destroyed bike and a P16 grid spot leaving him a difficult task for race two. His Buildbase BMW team managed to re-build the bike, but he struggled to make his way through the pack with Cadwell a notoriously difficult circuit to pass at.
“I’m absolutely gutted,” Jackson told MCN after the race. “We had the pace to take our best ever result and even fight for the podium this weekend so to end it all with a crash at that point in the race is devastating.
“I hit a bump at Charlie’s that I’ve not hit all weekend and that was enough for me to just tuck the front and that was it. The bike was completely destroyed so thanks to the team for getting it ready for race two, but it was never going to be easy to from 16th on the grid and we ended up 11th.”
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