It wasn’t the dream weekend DAO racing had hoped for, but points and valuable feedback support plans and progression into the final 3 rounds of the Bennett’s British Superbike Championship and Pirelli National Superstock 1000.
Luke Stapleford, Superbike:
‘It was a tricky weekend, with a few small issues, but the guys worked hard to get those issues sorted. We may have missed a little bit of track time which we really needed to adapt to the bike, but when I finally got out I really enjoyed riding the bike. Coming into Cadwell, I knew it’d be a challenge doing both Supersport and Superbike, but I think I underestimated how difficult it’d be, with Cadwell being such a physical circuit and the bikes being so different.
But, other than that, the bike was really nice to ride, I really like the team and that’s the main thing really, you’ve got to enjoy it.
In a way I wished I’d focused on just the one bike for the weekend, as I genuinely feel there’s a lot of speed to find on the Superbike.’
Brayden Elliott, Superstock:
‘Overall I’m happy enough with the weekend, although a little bit frustrated because I felt like we didn’t quite get to maximise overtakes and downright lap times, due to myself and the bike.
Historically, Cadwell has not been a track I enjoy going to, so I am really happy to leave with a top 10 and really looking forward to the final three rounds now, as I know we can keep making progress and keep giving it everything.’
Jonny Bagnall, Team Manager:
‘It’s been a challenging weekend for the team. Luke came on board with what was supposed to be the dream weekend, with the amount of laps we’d get in testing with extra time on the bike and extra feedback. But, with a few electrical disasters it’s not really gone to plan, but that’s motorcycle racing for you.
With the time Luke has had on the bike he did good to score some points in the final race, which supported it to end on a bit of a high. It’s a tough job doing the Supersport Class and Superbike Class, but I think he has done a great job and it’s been viable for the team as we’ve got some really good feedback and some positive notes to take away.
We had our strongest qualifying again with Brayden, he is striving for better and so are we.
A brilliant race, obviously a great start but a few minor issues stopped him from moving further forward, which we need to address this week.
It might not have been a great overall weekend for the team, but we leave with points and plenty to learn from.’