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BSB: 'No pressure' for Mossey ahead of Silverstone return

Published: 31 August 2017

Luke Mossey says he won’t be putting any pressure on himself as he returns to action at Silverstone next weekend for the first time since breaking his back at Thruxton.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider broke his back in four places after a horror highside at the Hampshire circuit. Clipping the grass on the exit of the final turn, Mossey was ejected from his machine and flew into the air. Unfortunately, he’d tangle with his ZX-10R as they came to land much further down the straight.

While he was keen to return last time out at Cadwell Park, he made the decision to play it safe and continue his recovery process as another knock could have had disastrous consequences for the 24-year-old.

However, despite missing two rounds he’s still in the all-important Showdown top six and while he’s keen to cement that position this weekend, he says it’s not the end of the world if they don’t.

“I’m not putting any pressure on myself whatsoever, I know we’re right on the verge of the Showdown but I’m not going to treat this week any differently,” Mossey told MCN.

“I think it’s the guys who aren’t currently in the Showdown who have more pressure on them as they’ve got to deliver as they’re currently not in the top six and they haven’t been out with a broken back!

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“We’re going into it with an open mind, I’ll aim to get on the podium in all three races and hopefully that’s enough to get in the Showdown but with the injury I’ve had if I don’t get in it’s not the end of the world. If we don’t get in this year, it wouldn’t be down to a lack of performance. We’ve been there all year, it’s just unfortunate I crashed and broke my back in four places. To miss two rounds and still be in the top six just shows how strong we were at the start of the year.

“The aim is to come back for the final four rounds of the year, have some fun and try and win some more races before the end of the year. After the injuries we’ve had, I think that’s a good outlook to have.”

Mossey won’t be completely rusty at Silverstone next week after a shakedown test at Donington Park today (Thursday) marked the first time he’d ridden his bike since the crash four weeks ago. 

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