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27th April 2011 

Turbulent Time for Tunstall

Last weekend’s opening British Superbike Championship round proved to be a tumultuous affair for Doodson Motorsport Rider Tom Tunstall, with injury and mechanical issues hampering the launch of his 2011 campaign.

Having made the switch to the latest BMW S1000RR machinery in the off season, the Huddersfield rider’s pre season testing schedule ended early after being thrown from the bike after less than only two hours riding.

Tunstall explained:
“With only three weeks before our first test it was a victory to get the bike to Spain but it wasn’t the finished article. The test had started well but I got caught out by the snappy throttle response before we’d sorted the fuelling”.

After x-rays in both Spain & the UK, the early prognosis was muscle and tendon damage but nearly three weeks later three broken bones were found in his foot.

“They wanted to fit wires to line the bones up but it would have meant missing the first two, possibly three rounds and there’s no guarantee everything would be perfect afterwards so I decided to grin and bear it”

Having struggled with the injury to get quality track time prior to the opening round, both Tom and the team knew the Brands Hatch opener would be tough.

During the practice sessions Tunstall started to acclimatise to the new machine before an engine failure in 2nd free practice meant missing out on virtually all the track time the following day which included qualifying.

“I’m very grateful we have such a good team, the guys worked all through the night after picking a road bike up from Allan Jefferies BMW [Shipley] last night. We had a cooling problem in qualifying which was frustrating but I’m happy to have a bike for the race.

Tunstall completed both the incident strewn 30 lap races collecting 10th & 9th place finishes.

Tunstall reflected:
“Without any real testing time and the issue with my foot, the races were more like a test session for us. The bike still doesn’t really feel like it’s mine and we’re still learning about it. 
There are no shortcuts; it’s just a case of getting time on the bike. 

“Although the result sheet doesn’t reflect it, race two was definitely a step in the right direction for me and I’m looking forward to building on it from the first session at Oulton onwards....”

Tom won’t have to wait long with round two held at Oulton Park over the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

All photos courtesy of motoprofessional.com