It was yet another weekend of high drama for the Appleyard Macadam Yamaha squad as young riders Bradley Perie and Rhys Irwin showed great pace but had two crashes each in the heat of Snetterton BSB.
Massive crowds and high temperatures made for an air of expectation at the fast Norfolk ex-airfield site and in usual Supersport style, the talent packed field did not disappoint!
The practice sessions saw Brad chipping away at his times, improving by over a second, whilst it was more bad luck for Rhys as he slipped off on another bike’s fluids, eating into his track time.
Rhys shrugged of his earlier accident to qualify strongly in fifth but it was drama for Brad as he collided with two riders in the qualifying session. Deemed to be at fault, he was then demoted back to sixteenth on the grid, leaving him a mountain to climb in the race.
As per usual, the Supersporters then had a relatively short time to prepare for the Sprint race, a 10 lapper. Brad started well and managed to pick riders off almost every lap, eventually pushing through to a creditable fifth. Rhys kept his head to finish sixth in the class, logging a best lap which would have kept him with the leading bunch..
With the riders lined up next to each other on Row Two for Sunday’s 15 lap ‘Feature’ race on a roasting 36C track, a good result looked likely. However just two minutes later the weekend was over for the Yorkshire team as the riders crashed out in two separate incidents. Brad got tangled with Truelove and parted with his machine at Turn 2, before Rhys became unsettled with another rider on Turn 4. Both riders were unhurt but returned to the pitbox rueing ‘what might have been’.
Brad now sits third in the Quattro British Supersport points with Rhys twelfth.
Bradley Perie said, “We were confident of a good race today, as after morning warm up we could see we had really consistent pace. Basically there was some chao in the corner and I had to try and avoid it and slipped off. It’s one of those things but just mega disappointing.”
Rhys Irwin added,
“What a rubbish way to end the weekend after we were so strong yesterday and Friday. I was next to another rider mid-corner, got unsettled and lost the front.”