It may have been delayed to June thanks to a resurface of the circuit, but the round 1 came with everything! From damp qualifying, a wet set of first races on the Saturday. Then riders were graced by perfect conditions on Sunday once the track dried. The production grid was was at capacity, but it was not just numbers that had increased, some of the new faces brought bucket loads of racing skill. Locky Taylor and Tayla Relph bringing their Moto3 talent back to the basics of Production bikes on Yamaha R3′s, as well as the genetically talented Ollie Bayliss on a Kawasaki Ninja 300. If the riders thought things could not get any better, then the surprise for Sunday was that 3x World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss joined his son Ollie for a pair of races, he casually smashed Simon’s long standing lap record by almost 2 seconds! Everything about round 1 was conspiring to make it a most memorable weekend of racing for all that took part.
- Shane Gabel
Posted on: 30 Jun, 2017