National Superstock Championship Round 10
Oulton Park the 2.6 mile circuit set in the heart of Cheshire and used for racing since 1953, the venue quickly established itself as a real test for riders at the weekend and the many tight corners, climbs and descents make this a technically difficult track to learn.
This was the second visit of the season to Oulton Park for the National Superstock 1000 Championship but for motorcycle racer Mick Robertson from Danderhall this had not been a lucky track in the past and had crashed out at the first corner in his previous two races. As with every good racer, once they take to the track such worries are forgotten and attention is turned to the task in hand and such was the case for Mick as he immediately beat his personal best lap times during Practice.
In first Qualifying Mick suffered steering problems on corners and he finished 14th quickest. And when his Kawasaki ZX-10R race bike was checked at the end of the session it was discovered that a leaking air valve had caused the front tyre pressure to drop dramatically.
Tyre valve replaced and adjustments to the suspension saw Mick complete final qualifying in 15th place and he would start the race on Row 5 of the grid.
“The bike set-up is still not perfect, I am struggling through the 120mph Clay Hill and Druids sections but any changes may affect other parts of the track so we will run with this configuration,” said Mick. Mick made a flying start but when three riders crashed entering the first corner he was forced to take avoiding action which allowed the leading group to pull away.
For 14 laps Mick battled hard and managed to move through the field to eventually cross the line in 11th place.
The next round of the Championship is at Silverstone in four weeks time. Follow Mick and the Teams progress on Twitter @mickrobertson98 and on Facebook with Mick Robertson & Michael Robertson Racing.