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Olly Draws Some Positives From Silverstone

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Olly Simpson has just completed racing in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Silverstone, England with the weekend starting on a positive note.

“My weekend started off well with free practice one. I only had 30 minutes to learn the Silverstone circuit so I used the time to do just that and finished in second position. I was very happy with this because it gave me a lot of confidence going forward.”

said Olly

Olly went into the second practice session on a dry track however a light shower sent him back to the pits to put on wets, unfortunately when he got back out on the track it was dry again and with only a little bit of time left he decided to stay out finishing a creditable third.

“Fortunately the 25 minute qualifying session was dry.  I started off by myself and produced a good lap time but I realized I needed to get a slipstream to get a faster lap time so I looked for a group and found one. On the very last lap I had the fastest first two sectors, unfortunately I got held up, but I still managed to get up into fifth position on the grid.”

commented Olly

Race one on Saturday was 14 laps with Olly making a good start leading the race for the first lap and was in the lead bunch for five laps before it started to rain. He was in fifth when the race got red flagged so when they restarted for what was now a 5 lap race he started from fifth again.

“I made another good start but when I went down the back straight I got into the wrong position and got overtaken and lost the front group. Then on the final lap another rider crashed and took me with them so I was very angry.”

Lamented Olly

The Sunday race was dry for the whole race and Olly once again made a good start and was in second position for the first lap however the leader got away so he was having a battle for second place for five laps.

“After the fifth lap I made a mistake and a few riders passed me but for the whole race I was in the front group. I had a problem with the setting of the bike for tight corners which made it hard to slipstream. I finished in seventh position but I set the second fastest time of the race.”

concluded Olly

Olly now heads off to Donnington, England to compete in the British Superbike round where with the support of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit he can work on the things he needs to improve on.