What a performance!
Before we get started - Chrissy absolutely pulled it out of the bag and was only a short 0.399 seconds behind a third place finish! Well done #69!
Heavy rain on the Friday prior to the weekend lead to only one free practice session being held, which Morello Racing Kawasaki opted to sit out of with the risky conditions, so Chrissy's first run of the track was the extended qualifier session, where he qualified on a brilliant fifth place to start the race!
The race started with a brilliant getaway for Chrissy, where he held on to his fifth position for the first few laps until lap 4, where Tyco's Andy Reid crashed out which gave Chrissy a quick jump to 4th. After several laps, Chrissy had slightly dropped back from the lead-pack but was comfortably ahead of the rest of the riders.
Half way through, the safety car made its appearance on the track which brought the pack back together and put Chrissy in a position to fight for a podium. Pushing hard, Chrissy didn't manage to take the 3rd position, but comfortably settled into his position at 4th until the race was over.
This race only helps to solidify Chrissy's position in the table and only being 8 points behind jumping up a position, and 12 from landing in 5th overall - everyone's favourite Geordie racer is in a strong position for a end-of-season push!
So, what did Chrissy have to say?
Over to Chrissy!
“It’s strange but even though fourth is a good result I was a little bit disappointed when I crossed the line,” he said. “But it was a good weekend for me, and I think we now know which way we need to go with the bike.
“It was a strange weekend in many ways, we didn’t have any practice so we went straight into a dry qualifying on Saturday. It was good, the bike felt good and I qualified fifth and on the second row which was decent enough."
“Once the race began I felt good but the leaders did get away a bit from me and I was riding in a lonely fourth for most of it. When the Safety Car came out I knew it was my chance.
“When the race got back underway I pushed hard, I could see Tom Neave ahead of me and I had a go but I made the tiniest mistake on the last lap and I just wasn’t quite close enough to have another go. I wanted to finish safely and decided not to risk anything silly.”
“I’d say we have really improved and we know where we can improve further now – we are moving in the right direction. I can’t wait to get to Oulton where I think we can pick up where we left off this weekend and I think we can end the year well.”
*Images by Bonnie Lane