A week that saw PR fit their new BMW Motarrad Motorsport race engine into the BMW 1000RR for Joe Francis, it also marks the start of rounds 4/5/6 as the team travel to the Snetterton 300 Circuit.
Bennetts British Superbike rider, Joe Francis, is very familiar with the track at Snetterton, riding the track on several occasions. Last year he found himself posting a 1:49.6 personal best for the weekend. Francis will hope to use his experiences at Snetterton this weekend where he aims to build on the positive momentum gained in rounds 1/2/3 on the Donington Park National Circuit.
It is unknown territory for Sullivan Mounsey, as he takes on another track that he has not yet had the opportunity to ride on. This did not stop the #4 Honda Talent Cup rider from producing a very impressive weekend in round one with best finish of P10 and personal best of 1:18.8. The 13-year-old also managed to finish amongst the points when it mattered with a P14 and P11 finish respectively in races one and two.
When asked what he hoped to achieve in rounds 3/4, Mounsey said: “To have fun and learn as much as I can. It would be awesome to finish in the top ten and have a few battles on the track.”
It has been four years since Dan Jones has rode at Snetterton but that is unlikely to faze the man in form. He admitted he was desperate to be back on a bike as we edged closer to the season start.
Jones finished fifth and sixth in the GP2 class in rounds 1/2 and will hope to carry this confidence with him into rounds 3/4.
Speaking on this weekend’s targets, Jones said: “I’m hoping for more of the same. As long as we are getting faster, I am happy. I’m also looking forward to getting back on the FTR Moto2 bike.”
Good luck to the team and hopefully the huge efforts in preparation will result in a successful weekend on the track in Norfolk.
Photographs by Dave Yeomans Photography.