By Beck Pascal
All three rides by Liverpool-based Superbikes team PR Racing notched up points in Round One of BSB.
The long awaited start of the season was worth in an action-packed weekend at Donington Park.
And for PR Racing, it was a solid start from the team.
However, BSB rider Joe Francis did not have an ideal opening weekend.
He started very positively posting a 1:06.6 effortlessly blowing off the cobwebs after the season’s postponement.
He then bettered that time by 0.01 of a second in the qualifying session.
Francis had a positive start to the first of the season’s races sitting in P8, but crashed out early on in race one after losing the front-end, which found the number #40 rider hitting the tarmac and sliding out of the race.
He then struggled to regain his momentum on Sunday, finishing just outside the points in P16 in both races.
However, in race three a rider disqualification found Francis bumped up to P15.
Francis had an optimistic outlook on the weekend’s action.
He said: “We can definitely ride up there, it’s just about putting it together now for the races.”
There were more positives from the support classes as Dan Jones excelled on his first-round racing on a GP2 bike.
Jones seemed to struggle through the free practices, qualifier and warm-ups.
But when it was time to deliver, the Welshman did just that.
His two best performances of the weekend came in race one, finishing in P5 and race two finishing in P6 with a best lap time of 1:09.8 for the weekend and a new personal best.
At the start of the weekend, Jones was asked whether he enjoyed a break from riding.
“No I haven’t,” he said.
“After such a positive test in Spain, it was driving me towards a return.
“I just kept working and focusing to the time I could be back on a bike.”
Also, in the support classes was Sullivan Mounsey.
His first weekend on the track at Donington was a successful one.
In all the free practice sessions the 13-year-old was gauging a feel for the track, but just like his teammate, Mounsey saved his best performances for when it mattered.
Saturday saw Mounsey finishing in an impressive P10 in the warm-up and P14 in race one.
He continued this momentum on Sunday with a P11 finish and a new personal best, posting a lap time of 1:18.
He said: “I feel amazing. It was a personal best on the first weekend of the championship.
“That’s all I can ask for.”
(Image courtesy of PR Racing media team)