It has been a tale of many mixed emotions for Buildbase Suzuki during the second day of action at Oulton Park.
Following on from a productive Friday, Gino Rea bagged an eighth place start in this morning’s qualifying session. After achieving his best qualifying result to date at Oulton, Rea looked set to achieve something special come the race.
Meanwhile, venturing out for his second day on the superbike, Michael Dunlop qualified towards the back of the field in P24.
At lights out, Gino Rea executed another blistering start from the line, making his way into seventh place. He would go on to fractionally escape involvement in a separate incident involving the Royal Air Force Kawasaki rider, Ryan Vickers.
The crash led to Rea losing contact with the remaining five riders ahead of him.
His race then took a second turn for the worst, having a tumble through the gravel at Lodge Corner, costing him a potential best ever result at the Cheshire venue.
“I’m really gutted about that one. I made a decent start to the race and managed to get away clean. Unfortunately Vickers had a massive crash in front of me. First of all, I was lucky enough not to hit him and I was able to react fast enough to get around his bike.
“The incident caused me to lose contact with the leading group. I put on a really hard charge to catch back up and at the time I was the fastest on track and only getting faster.
“Unfortunately I lost the front, it was a strange crash so it’s just a shame. I felt really good and felt as though I would’ve had a top five result.
“It’s frustrating but at the same time i’m feeling positive that i had the pace to stay with that leading group because we’ve never been able to do that here so we start eighth on the grid which isn’t bad so we just need to keep working hard and see if we can get into that group tomorrow.”
Michael Dunlop crossed the line in P19 during his first race of the weekend. The Irishman put in a good performance which can certainly be built on throughout tomorrow’s sessions.
Rea is set to start race 2 tomorrow from eighth again, and has another bite of the cherry to try and achieve that result he’s searching for. Dunlop meanwhile, will be going from P23.
In the Superstock 1000 Championship, last round’s winner, Tim Neave took another pole position in qualifying, followed by teammate, Tom Oliver in third and Tom Ward in ninth.
All three Hawks started the race well as the lights dropped. Oliver performed a solid start from the line, leading the pack into turn 1 before slipping back down the order to take eighth followed by Ward in ninth.
It was a disappointing end to Neave’s race, who crashed out of third while pushing hard to get onto the tail end of the leaders.
Despite the frustration, Neave goes from second on the grid tomorrow, with another chance at securing a podium result. It will be a third row start to the race for Oliver tomorrow in ninth while Ward sits in P12.