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7th May 2013 

Abrupt end to a Positive Weekend for Harms

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Doodson Motorsport – Oulton Park Round 3

A crash in Race one ended what looked set to be a strong weekend for Doodson Motorsport rider Robbin Harms at the latest round of the British Superbike Championships.

Oulton Park in Cheshire is well known for being one of the most technical circuits in the UK; with an undulating layout mixed with blind entry corners it rewards riders with track knowledge and presented an even greater challenge to Robbin Harms, who was racing at the track for the first time.

During practice Harms progress was clear as his times dropped by over a second a lap in each session, culminating in making the second phase of qualifying for the first time this year.

Placed 18th on the grid the improvements were still forth coming in the race day morning warm up session as the Doodson Motorsport racer cut another half second off his lap time following further set-up tweaks.

The first of the days two races were held in near perfect conditions for both the riders and the massive bank holiday crowd in attendance.

The Dane fired off the line and had already made headway ending lap one in 14th. By lap four he’d passed Chris Walker to take 12th then overtaking Jacob Smrz the following lap elevating him to 11th.

However the momentum came to an abrupt halt as Harms lost the front end at over 100mph entering the fast left hand “Cascades” corner. Fortunately the rider walked away unscathed however the bike wasn’t so lucky - having barrel rolled across the gravel it was stopped by a metal girder supporting a Marshal's post before finally coming to rest on top of the tyre wall.

The extensive damage to the bike was too bad to repair with only a couple of hours to spare before the start of the second race bringing the weekend to an early conclusion.

Robbin remarked:
“This race meet we worked hard to find a good set up which we managed in the warm up. So starting the race with the best set up this season I felt strong and ready for Oulton Park which is a track I really enjoy. The race pace I made was easy and I never really got a real fast lap in before the crash. I pushed too hard in the entry and lost the front, a simple crash. Unfortunately the bike got damages badly and wasn’t able to get ready for the second race. A really shame because we had the pace for top 8 if not more today. It's been a hard start to the season but today we had a breakthrough with the setup and race pace which makes us stronger for the next races“

Doodson Motorsport team manager Tom Tunstall concluded:
“It feels like the punishment didn’t fit the crime and we were unlucky with the level of damage. However Robbin and the team had done a great job at this difficult racetrack, it’s just a shame didn’t get chance to show our potential which was for top ten finishes. However in racing you’ve got to get to the flag to prove it.”

With a six week break until the next round at Knockhill in Scotland its some consolation that time is back on the team’s side to repair and regroup for Round Four.

Photo courtesy of John Hirst

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com


Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com