It was a weekend of highs and lows for CF Motorsport at the opening round of the British Supersport and National Superstock 600cc Championships with Taz Taylor clinching a well earned 6th on his STK600 debut while Australian Ben Currie crashed out of the lead of the Supersport encounter, both riders nevertheless showing that they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2016!
NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 600cc CHAMPIONSHIPTaz Taylor joined CF Motorsport after an impressive Moto3 campaign 12 months ago and if Silverstone’s opening round is anything to go by it won’t be long until #6 is challenging for the top step in Superstock.
With limited experience on the 600cc Yamaha, Taylor went about his business throughout the weekend with a maturity beyond his years, qualifying a superb 6th (second row) at the first time of asking. When it was time to race Taz rode sensibly, running with the leading group where he was the fastest rider on track in the early laps! As the race progressed Taylor was in with a shout of a possible podium on his debut in the class, eventually taking the flag after ten exciting laps a credible 6th.
BRITISH SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP
After a successful 2015, Ben Currie remains with the Pacedayz.com squad for another year but steps up to Supersport running his familiar #61. Running strongly from the very first session, Currie qualified a superb 2nd (the middle of the front row) and was looking strong as the Sprint race began on Saturday afternoon. Taking the lead early on, Currie slid out of contention moments later and with the bike too badly damaged was unable to take part in Sunday’s feature race. Bitterly disappointed CF Motorsport have already begun to prepare for round 2 where, after his pace at Silverstone, Currie is sure to be at the sharp end.
Taz Taylor: “Ended up on the second row for my first race so couldn’t complain after two very mixed sessions weather wise. The race was a lot of fun and I was able to run with the leading group. I’m really happy with how the weekend went and glad that I could run at the front. I’m going to do all I can to make sure I’m ready for Oulton. Thanks to Craig and the whole team.”
Ben Currie: “This weekend was a bit of a rollercoaster after topping FP1, finishing 16th in FP2, before qualifying on the front row of the grid in 2nd for my Supersport debut. I got off to a great start in the ‘sprint’ race and took the lead half way around the first lap and then immediately lost the front. The bike was too damaged so I couldn’t start the ‘feature’ race. I’m gutted to have started the season like this and I am sorry to the team as everything was perfect but this is racing and there will always be ups and downs. The team and I will bounce back stronger and try to turn some heads in the next round.”