Young gun Luke Mossey overcame the tyre issues he’s been struggling with this season to take his first podium of the year at Knockhill.
The Teccare Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider was in the mix throughout the first three rounds of the 2016 season, but problems with tyre life often left him unable to make a make a mark come race day.
After two disappointing results from pole position at Brands Hatch, Mossey and the team set about finding a way for him to better conserve the Pirelli tyres. A slight tweak in chassis set-up gave Mossey the confidence to push on over race distance in Sunday’s first outing, in which he fought through from 12th on the grid to a strong third place.
“It’s been annoying this year as I’ve felt good since day one,” he said after the race. “Even at Silverstone we felt really good but we’ve had a few issues with tyre life and a few other things. We tried something to fix it at Snetterton and on Friday and it seems to have worked, I was able to ride how I wanted in the opening race. I pulled some hairy moves on a few people but that’s the way it is, it’s a tough championship and you’ve got to fight for it!”
Struggling with a lack of feeling in the wet second race, Mossey opted to bring it home in the points rather than risk crashing out.
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