Young gun Luke Mossey has said he finally feels like himself again after a winter testing programme focusing on re-building the confidence that was shattered following his high-speed crash at Thruxton last year.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was thrown from his ZX-10RR after clipping the grass on the exit of the final turn at the Hampshire circuit, sustaining four broken vertebrae when he landed near turn one.
Returning to Silverstone to try and secure a showdown space, he was a shadow of the rider who had earlier that season stormed to his debut BSB race wins and even led the championship after four rounds and has since admitted he feels he returned too early.
However, after five winter tests alongside team-mate Leon Haslam, the 25-year-old has said he’s got that feeling back and is raring to go ahead of the opening round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship later this month.
“The crash last year hit me hard, and to be honest we came back way too early,” Mossey explained. “I certainly wasn’t myself and I wasn’t enjoying riding the bike.
“We’ve now had five tests back on the bike and I’m feeling a lot better, from the first test in November I felt myself again and we’ve just built on that each time we’ve been out on the bike. I did some laps here in the wet, which helped with my confidence quite a bit and I’m itching to get racing again now.”
Mossey has an entirely new crew for 2018, headed up by ex-Tommy Bridewell crew chief Simon Bleasdale.