Daley Mathison - Oulton Park Review

A brand new circuit to an optimistic team after great results at Oliver's Mount the weekend prior, Daley's confidence was showing. Unfortunately, the first two practice sessions on Saturday, were lost to learning the track and building a set up however, the second of our bank holiday weekends was to prove a huge success.

Daley took to the track on Sunday, for his only session (qualifying) and was still getting to terms with the track. However he comfortably qualified for the race, 36th on the grid which left him optimistic for the race itself with the other bikes around him, lapping similar times in the dry conditions.

Morning warm up on Sunday, saw a drenched track as the rain through the night had left its mark on the circuit. It did show signs of drying but it wasn't going to happen, before the session had begun. The team made a few adjustments to the bike to make it more compliant in the damp conditions and Daley settled into a comfortable rhythm, 22nd fastest.

As the race lingered early that day, it was always going to be a hard tyre choice for the team and they all finally agreed on dry tyres to start the race. This proved to be the right decision, as the track was dry until lap 8 where spots had started to fall on the circuit and the organisers made a decision to stop the race, to allow riders to change tyres if they felt necessary. Daley decided to chanhe to wet tyres, as it seemed to be the trend with the other teams however, after the sighing lap for the restart Daley had doubts with his decision as the track looked to be drying once more.


The light went out and the racing began on a relatively dry track. Daley slowly picked off riders ahead of him one by one, tyre wear was running through everyone's mined but luckily after 3 laps, the heavens opened and the rain started once more. Daley's confidence grew as the tyres started to come into their own. Gradually picking off riders 2/3 positions per lap. Finally Daley crossed the line, in an impressive 12th position, a career best in BSB .