RICH ENERGY OMG RACING GO 'HOME' TO DONINGTON PARK THIS WEEKEND FOR THE TENTH ROUND OF THE BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Round ten, the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, kicks off at Donington Park this weekend as the fight for the 2021 crown intensifies. After the success of Oulton Park, the RICH Energy OMG Racing team make the short journey from their Cannock base to the former home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix with all three riders are eager to get back on track, each with a plan for their respective weekends.
After a successful Oulton Park round in which he lifted his second trophy of the season, Brad Ray is focused on banking more points in the challenge for the Rider’s Cup, awarded to the top points-scorer outside of the Showdown Eight. After scoring 65 points across the last six races, Ray will be looking for more of the same at a circuit that has become a happy hunting ground for the former RBR Cup contender.
For Kyle Ryde, it’s been a challenging time for the Nottinghamshire rider as he searches for a better feeling with his BMW M1000RR machine. A handful of points and an unfortunate retirement meant a disappointing last round for Ryde but a strong set of results at his home round, scene of his amazing World Supersport battle with Keenan Sofuoglu, will undoubtedly help the double British Champion’s confidence. The rider and the team are working hard to get Ryde back where he belongs and there is no better place to start than at ‘home’.
Billy McConnell admits he needs wins at Donington Park if he’s to make any further inroads into the championship leader. An epic ride in Race 1 at Oulton Park salvaged points for the Aussie, backed up by a damage limitation ride in Race 2; however, with just three races left in the 2021 Pirelli National Superstock Championship, Billby wants wins and the former British Supersport Champion has nothing else on his mind ahead of the weekend.
Team Principal, Paul Curran: “We head to our home round at Donington Park full of hope for a successful weekend for all three riders. Oulton Park was a great round for Brad and both he and his crew will be working hard to keep that impressive race consistency going until the end of the season. We know what area we both need to work on to help his weekend improve and that will be our first aim over the weekend.
Kyle was understandably disappointed again after Oulton Park. We made some changes to help bring him back towards the top ten, something we all know he is capable of, and we’ll continue making changes until he finds what he needs both with the bike and himself. Donington has good memories for Kyle so there’s no better place for him to make a big step forward than there.
Billy was unlucky at Oulton Park as a near-miss with another rider left him down the field, which in turn hampered a lap time for race two's grid. He knows what he needs to do this weekend, as do his crew, and they’ll all be working hard together to make it happen.
It’s been difficult and tiring for everyone with two back-to-back rounds, a weekend off, then two more back-to-back rounds, so a big thank you to everyone in the team for their hard work, especially over the last five weeks.”