Joe Collier – Thruxton

Joe Collier – Thruxton Circuit
Joe Collier once again competed in the Ducati Performance Tri Options Cup on the BPS Racing Ducati at Thruxton Circuit. He once again raced the Fab Racing Speed-Up Moto2 bike in the Dickies British Supersport Championship as a guest rider.
Ducati Tri-Options
Joe qualified on the front row in third alongside both of his team-mates, Levi Day and Jonathan Railton. Thruxton never fails to produce some great racing and holding his position after lap one, it was not long before Joe took to the front. He was locked in a close battle with Sean Neary and was able to beat him by 0.2 at the end of the 10-lap race.
In race two Joe started from second place on the grid and he was eager to take his second victory of the weekend. He dropped back to fourth after lap one and despite using old tyres he was keen to push forwards. By lap five he was leading and despite several challenges from his opposition he crossed the line in first. However, he was docked 0.5 of a second when he hit a false neutral three laps before the end and crossed the chicane as there was no room for him to make the corner.
Dickies British Supersport
Joe made his second race appearance for the Speed-Up team at the super-fast Thruxton circuit. He qualified in 20th place on the grid for race one. He got a good start and made four places up on the opening lap. He was getting used to the bike and on the last lap was able to make up a few places to finish in 13th.
He was placed in 15th on the grid for race two and the team are still collecting data and slightly down on speed due to using a stock 600 engine. He worked hard over the 12 laps to finish in 14th place.
Joe Collier – “Firstly I was sorry to hear the news of Mark Fincham, his true-heroes team also raced in the Ducati Cup and my thoughts are with everyone concerned, a sad day.

With my racing in the Ducati series, I was quite happy in FP1 with all the settings so we only had to make a few minor tweaks for qualifying. I ended up starting race one from third but it was good to have all the BPS team on the front row! After qualifying we realised I had a slow puncture so had to put a new tyre in using a tyre sticker that should have been used on the rear in race two.

I was pleased to take the win in the opening race on Saturday and wanted to do the same again on Sunday. Race two was a little harder as I was on old tyres but I managed to get to the front and felt good. However, I hit a false neutral with three laps to go and I had no option but to run across the chicane, I was giving a 0.5 penalty for this which dropped me from the win to third as the racing was so close.

In the Supersport race with Fab Racing we were making progress in every session. I got a good start in race one but I dropped off the pack in front of me. Richard Cooper came past me and I was able to tag on the back of him which was what I needed and it brought me back up to speed with the others. I had good battle in the last few laps and was able to secure 13th.

In race two I got another good start but again I lost the group in front due to passing slower riders around Thruxton was really difficult using our CBR stock 600 engine. I really enjoyed the race and finished in 14th, I am really looking forward to the more technical circuits as I think it will suit the Speed-Up machine as the lack of power will be less of an issue.”
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2017 BSB Calendar
18th – 20th – August
Cadwell Park
8th – 10th – September
Silverstone GP
15th – 17th – September
Oulton Park
29th Sept – 1st October
Assen TT Circuit
13th – 15th – October
Brands Hatch GP
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