JAMES LODGE’S hopes of putting further pressure on the leaders in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship hit disaster at Cadwell Park.
The two-time British 125cc champion remains in fifth place in the championship rankings, but could make no further in-roads as he hit problems in Lincolnshire – breaking a collarbone after parting company with his Motobreakers Team Yamaha.
“I had a disastrous end to the weekend at Cadwell Park when I fell off on lap nine in the race,” explained the Holmfirth racer.
“I was struggling all throughout practice and the first qualifying session in the wet left me in 15th place.
“I worked with the team to make some changes, but still wasn’t happy in the second qualifying session but managed to qualify eighth in the middle of the third row.
“I made a really good start in the race and got into the group battling for fourth place, but dropped off after making some mistakes.
“On lap nine I was on my own, but by trying to catch the next group back up I ‘high-sided’ on the exit of Park Corner and landed hard on my right shoulder and ended up with a broken collarbone.
“I have an estimated four to five week recovery time, so I will not be out at Donington Park at the next round, but hopefully I will be fit for Silverstone for round eleven.”
Lodge’s elder brother Jonathan and Netherton’s Josh Caygill had each other in their sights all weekend in the Motorpoint British Supersport championship races.
Caygill produced two 16th place finishes, with Lodge ahead of him by one place and less than a second in the first race and behind him by one place and two second in the second run.
For Lodge it brought the reward of important point in the Supersport Cup where he now lies fifth and for Caygill it was a reassuringly consistent display over the meeting.
“It was definitely better in the races and though I struggled to get into a rhythm during qualifying, I felt much happier in both races,” said Caygill.
“I’m a little bit nervous at the start of each race and struggle to settle down, but once I calm myself down and get into a good flow my lap times start to improve.
“My starts are pretty good and I was making some good moves throughout both races and I just needed a couple more laps in both.
“I felt I made some good steps in the right direction and for me I think a lot is about my confidence and this weekend has helped that a lot.”