31st May 2011
Unsettled weather at the Knockhill round of the British Superbike Championships thwarted Tom Tunstall’s plans of climbing back onto the EVO rostrum, as lack of dry track time played havoc with setting up his BMW machine.
fifth of the twelve round BSB series was staged at Knockhill, located
just north of Dunfermline in Fife. The short and undulating 1.27mile
circuit commonly features changeable weather and the 2011 event was no
the free practice sessions all held in “full wet” conditions,
qualifying was a slightly different challenge as a drying line appeared
as the session progressed. Having been caught out on the wrong tyres
the Doodson Motorsport rider took 10th in the EVO class.
day brought brighter conditions and after a damp and patchy warm up
session the track was fully dry as the first of the 30 lap outings got
Immediately it was clear that Tunstall was struggling and after taking the flag in ninth explained:
was very hard work! I struggled on corner entry, change of direction,
and grip coming out of the corners. After about third race distance I
started to get arm pump trying to muscle the bike around which didn’t
help either. But at least we’ve got a direction for the bike for race
an incident strewn race two, including two safety car periods,
Tunstall’s pace improved by almost a second a lap and despite only
finishing one place higher in 8th, was more upbeat about the
changes we made to both the front and the back end helped a lot and
although I still struggled to get the rear hooked up and gripping
exiting corners, it was certainly an improvement.
no dry time before the races the situation hit us harder than most, as
we’re still understanding the bike. It was pretty much educated guess
work with set up and between the races - it’s a difficult call what to
change and by how much. In hindsight we could have gone further,
but that’s easy to say after the race.”
not over the moon with the results but I’m happy with the direction we
went and how we went about it. As a team we did a good job and in
racing you never stop learning... On to Snetterton”
Round six takes place on the newly revamped Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk in just under two weeks time [1st-3rd July].