After competing the first race of the Timaru NZSBK meeting yesterday, Team BSP were back on the track today to make a flying start to race 2. The spectators at the track and watching the racing live from home got it all. Super exciting racing with race wins by Team BSP, crashes, personal best laps and more. It ended up being an excellent meeting for the team with Blayes Heaven on the Moto3 winning two out of three races and taking the championship lead.
Star of the meeting however was Jason Hearn turning his championship around after a tricky weekend at Round 1. Jason showed great pace and was just short of a podium in the third race. Hearn said:"This was a great race meeting for me. My first time at the Levels track and after a difficult meeting last weekend I felt good out on the track and was improving every session I went out in. The final race was great and being able to run just off the front bringing it home in 4th was a very good feeling. I really enjoyed the weekend with the team and my performance made me happy."
Nicki Smith again had a very good meeting with steady progress. "Wet practice showed I could match the top 10 however the sunshine prevailed. With good starts I tried to tag on to faster riders to reduce my times over the weekend. I had to drop 2 seconds to compete with the group ahead and I was lucky to tag on to Scott’s tail in the last race today and consistently hit my target lap times which I’m very happy about. Placing 13th, 15th, 12th I’m very happy to have finished all three races and am sitting 14th in the championship. I’m looking forward to regrouping at home and gearing up for the next round in March."
Scott Topping was another one find a positive direction after a tricky start to the meeting. "After lap times on Friday and Saturday that weren't particularly flash, I came into Sunday with more confidence. My crew and I found something that gave me a better feeling and saw my times drop and by race three I set my best times for the weekend. There's plenty more to come and I hope to get more track time back in Western Australia and return to NZ for rounds three and four in March."
Points leader in the Moto3/ 125GP Class, Blayes Heaven finished the day with two decisive race wins. "Yesterday was perhaps not my best day with the DNF but as with anything that goes wrong in racing, we learn from it. Today was just brilliant though and I am very happy to be leaving with a good points lead and the team have been amazing. The upcoming North Island rounds are going to be super exciting so I'm very much looking to that."
Chris Malcolm too had a steady meeting with solid results. Two eights and a tenth despite having some mechanical issues. Not one to get upset he too is looking forward to round 3 at Hampton Downs where no doubt we will see a lot more from Chris being his home track.
We are now at the halfway point of the 2018 NZSBK Series and not only happy about the results from our riders but also excited the impact our efforts are bringing to the sport. Putting no less than five bikes on the starting grid of each race is no mean feat and we are excited to see your interest in what we are doing. So thank you all for your support and we will see you at Hampton Downs.
Ciao from all of us at Team BSP!