FOR THE quartet of local racers heading for Brands Hatch and this weekend’s final round of the British Superbike, the season’s finishing line is probably looking a very welcome sight.
Certainly three of the four travel to the Kent circuit nursing injuries, while the other will be praying that he is not hampered by technical problems.
Netherton’s Josh Caygill was hit by the gremlins in the last round at Silverstone when he suffered his first ‘did not finish’ of the campaign in the first race.
In the second race Caygill managed to battle through from the back of the grid to finish 20th, but he will be hoping to make a better fist of things in the final Supersport Cup outing.
“Technical problems struck in the second practice at Silverstone, and missing valuable track time made qualifying difficult,” said MAP Triumph team rider Caygill.
“And by lap two of the first race I had developed a clutch problem forcing me to retire to the pits – my first technical DNF of the year!
“The second race was more positive, but we have to try and put Silverstone to the back of our minds and focus on ending the season with some strong finishes at Brands Hatch.”
He will face a new rival in Holmfirth’s Jonathan Lodge, who makes his first appearance in the class as he prepares for next season after spending this season racing in the Superstock 600.
Lodge goes into the meeting having suffered a sprained wrist in a fall at Silverstone, while his brother James Lodge will again ride in the Superstock 600 but is looking set to have surgery on an arm injury that has dogged him all year once the season is over.
Holmfirth teenager Joe Irving will be back in the saddle for the British GP 125cc championship and ACU Academy Cup after he too suffered a spill at Silverstone that left him with a shoulder injury.