BSB: Mossey closes in on championship lead

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Young gun Luke Mossey now sits just three points behind Leon Haslam in the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship standings after his team-mate’s misfortune at Oulton Park.

While Mossey was unable to challenge the frontrunners at Oulton, a third and fifth place was enough to close in on Haslam who was dramatically ruled out of the second race after hitting the back of James Ellison’s power-less YZF-R1 towards the end of the race.

Third behind Haslam and Byrne in the opening race, Mossey has stood on the podium at every round this year and hasn’t finished lower than fifth, enjoying his best ever start to a season.  

“I certainly can’t say it was a bad weekend; the bike was running well and we had a good set-up from the test last weekend,” he said. “I was happy with race one and it was another valuable podium in the bag.


“I felt OK in the second race and was managing to do some consistent lap times. I didn’t feel like I was struggling and I was happy with the pace I was setting but when Leon and James collided, I had to roll off the throttle as there was dust and debris all over the place. James’ bike was like a sidecar and I had to ride really wide to try and get past. 

“I lost all of my drive into turn one and then everyone came past me. I knew they were on softer tyres and as much as I tried I just couldn’t make ground on them. However, I’m still in second place in the championship just three points behind Leon so I’m happy with that.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing