HUDDERSFIELD’S five riders in the third round of the 2012 British Superbikes Championship will doubtless all be glad to see the back of Oulton Park – if for differing reasons.
And probably the most frustrated at the Cheshire circuit was former British 125cc champion James Lodge.
The Holmfirth racer has been making good progress in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship and went to Oulton Park hoping to push towards the top of the rankings.
Instead Lodge, riding a Yamaha for the Moto-Breakers team, came away without a point and slipped to sixth in the standings after being knocked off going into the first corner on the first lap.
“It was very disappointing to get wiped out on the first corner,” said Lodge.
“Its annoying if you fall off due to a mistake you make yourself, but even more frustrating when it’s someone else’s fault.
“However, I know I have the pace as I am qualifying up at the sharp end now – I qualified in sixth – so I just need a bit of luck.
“I have two races at the World Superbike round at Donington Park next weekend, so I’m looking forward to making amends.
“I am really happy with the team and I’m sure I can get some more decent results this season.”
James’ older brother Jonathan had a better time of it racing in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, where he managed to pick up points in both races to move him into fifth place in the Cup competition.
On a Triumph for the ANR-TSS Racing team, Jonathan came home in 25th in the first race and then 20th in the second outing – in both instances being fifth rider home in the Cup competition.
In his sights most of the time was Netherton racer Josh Caygill, who had a steady weekend and secured 23rd in the first Supersport race and 21st in race two.
Caygill struggled to get a good set up with the Vancraft Triumph team making changes through the meeting.
Caygill had qualified in 26th place and made progress in both races and bettered his position, but is still looking to get some Championship points.
“I’m just a little frustrated at the moment and even though I made some big steps forward in race two and set some of my best times of the weekend, I still want to be higher up the final results,” said Caygill.
“I had a few issues getting a good feeling from the Triumph at Oulton and, while I know it’s a technical track, we did make some progress for race two and hope things can keep moving forward at Snetterton.”
In the British Superbike Championship Tom Tunstall is still seeking his first points of the season despite finishing all three races over the weekend.
Tunstall, riding a Ducati this season for the Jentin Doodson Motosport team, came home in 23rd place on all of his outings.
“It was a very difficult weekend with the new bike,” said Tunstall.
“However, it is early days but we need to make some big steps very quickly.”
Holmfirth teenager Joe Irving went to Oulton looking to improve his standing in the Motorstar Championship and Cup rankings.
However, riding a Honda for the e3motorsport team, Irving failed to gain points for the first time this season.
He did not complete the first lap which leaves him ninth in the Championship and seventh in the Cup standings.