It was a very successful round 4/5/6 at the Snetterton 300 circuit as all three riders gained points and the team earned their first podium finish of the season.
Using Friday’s practice sessions to get used to his new BMW Motarrad Motorsport race engine in his BMW 1000RR, Joe Francis grew into the weekend and continued his good form finishing amongst the points in all three races.
The Bennetts British Superbike rider finished P15 in race one on Saturday but saved his best performances for the closing day of the weekend. Sunday’s action saw him finish P14 in races two and three respectively, he also posted a new personal best for the weekend of 1:49.0 in race two.
Speaking on his first weekend with his new BMW Motarrad Motorsport race engine, he said: “I only need a little bit now and we are going to be there, knocking on the door to the top ten. I was pleased with it; I learnt a lot about the bike, and I am actually quite confident.”
Sullivan Mounsey will be ecstatic leaving the Snetterton 300 circuit. After a disappointing Friday, crashing out of FP1, which put him out of action for the day due to damages on the bike. Unable to practice or qualify on a track that he has never raced on before left Mounsey a mountain to climb starting at the back of the grid.
A brilliant race from the 13-year-old saw him climb a gargantuan eight places, finishing amongst the points in P15 after starting in P23. After claiming yesterday: “I’m just hoping to get a finish.” The #4 rider not only finished but finished in style with his best ever performance on a racetrack. His best time of the weekend did come in race two – posting a 2:08.6. Unfortunately, this time was only good enough to secure a P16 finish on the last day but nonetheless a fantastic weekend for the Honda British Talent Cup rider.
Dan jones had another progressive weekend shaving a whopping 4.6 seconds from his FP1 time by the end of race one. Where he initially finished P5, Jones was pleased with the results. He said: “I crossed the line in fifth which I’m over the moon with, no one crashed out, so I’ve earned this one.”
Despite nobody crashing out, two overnight disqualifications bumped the Welshman up to P3, gaining his and the team’s first podium finish of the weekend and hopefully the start of things to come.
Everyone at PR Racing will be delighted with all three riders gaining points for a second consecutive race weekend as well as a trophy to add to the cabinet. All attention now turns to Silverstone for rounds 7/8/9 which kicks off on the 4th September.