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15th April 2013 

Tough Weekend Yields Points for Harms

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Doodson Motorsport – Thruxton Round 2

With less than a full session of dry track time before the first race Robbin Harms faced an uphill task at the second round of the British Superbike Championship but still notched up a pair of points scoring results for the Doodson Motorsport Team.

The Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire is renowned as one of the fastest and most challenging tracks in the country. The ex World War II airfield track is ultra fast and bumpy which present challenges to both rider and team. Having never seen, let alone ridden, on the 2.35mile track for Harms it was a steep learning curve.

The conditions for learning the circuit but also finding a good bike set up to suit were far from ideal. Only the second practice session was dry enough to allow the use of “Slick” dry tyres leaving Thruxton rookie Harms at a big disadvantage in learning the track and also finding a good bike set up to suit the unique track.

Weather continued to hinder preparations for race day, with qualifying eventually cancelled due to heavy rain, meaning standing water made the track unraceable.

Having been placed 21st on the grid, Robbin continued to improve his pace throughout the 20 laps of the first race. A creditable performance earned him 15th place, championship points and a lap time 1.5second faster than his previous best.

The second race was incident packed with crashes bringing out the safety car twice before a third accident on the 13th lap brought a premature end to proceedings. During the seven flying laps Harms had improved his time by another half second and this time worked his way up to 14th.

Harms concluded:
“With only one practice in dry before the races I am happy to go home with some "small" points in both races. The team and I did everything possible to find the best setup up in the impossible circumstances. We still have a long way to go before our bike is performing good but we are working in the right direction”

Team manager Tom Tunstall added:
“Under the circumstances I think we couldn’t have expected any more from both Robbin and the team. It’s been a tough and challenging weekend with the lack of dry time for Robbin to learn the track and get the information to work with the bike. The races were almost like tests as it was only then the areas for improvement became apparent, but to bring home more points was a good achievement”.

Those challenges may well continue over the next three races, all at tracks that are new to the Danish rider.

Hopefully the British weather will be kinder as the series moves onto Oulton Park in Cheshire in just under three weeks time [4th-6th May].

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com