A great weekend in Scotland at the Knockhill Circuit. It's such a lovely place and the weather was fantastic. We attended with no great expectations on how we would finish, we just wanted to gain experience from the best. Jordan is only 17. It's his 3rd time ever on a 600 and only the second time this year. He is really enjoying riding our machine.
FP1 did not go as planned. An unfortunate slide put an early end to this very important session.
Jordan was very concerned at his mistake but if your not pushing, your not learning. I am sure he isn’t the first and wont be the last to succumb to to a bit of pressure and make a mistake.
FP2 was a lot better for him. He completed the 30 minutes gaining a better time lap after lap.
Qualifying was a step into the fire pit but, as we say, “the Phoenix rises from the flames” and so did Jordan. He achieved a very impressive 51.7 sec lap, qualifying in front of 6 seasoned riders on a bike that he has only rode twice this year. For those in the sport that understand how impressive this was,he definitely deserved a hug in the awning from Dave and Paddy.
Race one was a tough cookie first ever grid start. With such a huge crowd and a wealth of British talent to try and run with, to say he had a few nerves was an understatement. He ran well in the race and made the odd mistake. However, there were no majors and he managed to set a constant pace, finishing far from last.
Morning warm up was a good test as we intended to try a new suspension set up. We felt the bike was still handling a bit loose and we decided to try the gearing differently. This would have been a major decision and helped outcome for the race. Unfortunately the chain decided to snap a link on the first lap and end our session. This was a first in the teams’ career leaving us GUTTED!!!
Race two was ridden on a gearing we found to be too busy but the suspension adjustments were spot on, the bike handled very well. 17 year old Jordan brought the bike home through 26 laps. This was the longest race of his career, on a bike on steroids, at a circuit where he has not rode for a long time.
As a team, it has been an honour to work with this young lad. It was great to see him achieve such good results, especially since he has spent so little time at this level of racing. Jordan has had limited experience, on a 4 cylinder machine, at this level of racing over the past couple of years. As they say, things can only get better!
He has stated that “
having completed these 2 races, “I feel I have gained some valuable experience from the best 600 riders in the country”.
Jordan has done brilliant and we are really looking forward to the next Thundersport GB round at Brands Hatch. The team, Jordan and Luke are looking forward to seeing you all there.
British Superbikes - Knockhill Circuit
Photographs Supplied By Jordan Gill
Photographs Supplied By Jordan Gill
By Dave Ogden - Team Principle
Knockhill BSB Race Report - Jordan Gill
My intentions for knockhill were to take away all the positives as it was not going to be easy in the Supersport 600 class. Unfortunately in my first free practice session I had a bad crash but we were lucky enough to get the bike back together for free practice two, struggled all weekend with confidence after the crash but I never gave up and pushed 110% throughout. Times were improving all weekend with changes in my setup every time I rode, but bad luck was all I had at the weekend with a chain snapping in warmup as well.
The experience I gained in that class for having only been on a 600cc three times was phenomenal. More bike time on the Phoenix CFS Race Team bike and I’ll soon be knocking on the doors of the best 600cc riders in the country in no time.
Thanks to the Phoenix Commercial Fleet Services Race Team for all their efforts all weekend.
Thanks to my Mum and Dad at Motorhome Hire Scotland.
Thanks to everyone at BikespeedUK.
Thanks to everyone who came up at the weekend to support me.
Thanks to Robert Baxter for the brilliant photographs