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10th April 2012 

Jentin Doodson Motorsport - Brands Hatch Indy

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Strong Start for Jentin Doodson Motorsport
The first round of the 2012 British Superbike Championship saw the newly amalgamated Jentin Doodson Motorsport Team kick off their campaign with a strong start over the weekend at Brands Hatch.

The opening round of the series was a weekend of firsts for the new outfit with Italian Alex Polita joining the team alongside Tom Tunstall. Debuting the highly anticipated Ducati 1199 Panigale in Superbike form for the first time, it was also the first opportunity to run the new bike with the 2012 “control” electronics system – the compulsory Motec system which prohibits the use of electronic rider aides such as traction control.

Very limited pre-season testing meant every lap on track counted and although cold and changeable weather throughout the weekend didn’t help, the progress continued.

The Easter Monday race day brought rain throughout the day and having the morning warm up session in full wet conditions the team chance to sample 1199 in the wet prior to the races.

The first of the two 30 lap races was eventful from the first corner with 2 different incidents out of the first two turns bringing out the safety car which was again deployed on lap 15 following a separate incident.

Polita showed his talent and experience on his BSB debut, as he cut his way through the field, catching and passing established riders including Tommy Hill, Noriyuki Haga, and Chris Walker two laps from the flag.
The Italian crossed the line in 11th only 0.2seconds off Josh Brookes and a top 10 finish.

Meanwhile Tunstall made a solid start to his year following a nine month layoff with injury. He also made up ground from qualifying and was evolved in a three way dice with John Laverty [Aprilia] and Barry Burrell [BMW], crossing the line in 20th.

“It's fantastic to be back racing, it’s been a long winter... and autumn... and half of last summer and I’m still far from full potential. With a brand new bike and very little testing I’ve got some pretty stubborn cob webs to blow off but each session on track the feeling is coming back. We’ve progressed a lot throughout the weekend and the bike feels great.”

“It's good to get the first one under my belt and I’m really looking forward to Thruxton to keep it going.”

The second race was postponed until a later date after the track was contaminated with fuel by an incident in the Supersport race prior to race two.

The teams and riders don’t have to wait long, with round two taking place at Thruxton this weekend [13th-15th April]. The former RAF airfield is one the fastest on the calendar and presents the riders with a high speed challenge.

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com 

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com