Tough weekend for penultimate round

WELCOME SUNSHINE: Levi Day (right) battles with two other riders during a dry Sunday race at Donington Park. Picture: WALKER SPORT PICS

THE penultimate round of the British Superstock 1000 Championship at Donington Park was not overly kind to Mount Gambier’s Levi Day.

It was the fifth weekend on the trot, with the season tightened up due to the Covid pandemic.

The expected rain arrived but Day was still confident after a recent strong performance in qualifying on a damp circuit.

However, the poor grip at Donington did not provide the ideal outcome after the first practice session.

“My team worked hard to change the bike setup in many ways to improve this feeling,” Day said.

“In our second practice session, it was dry and everything was feeling positive for that.”

Qualifying and the opening race on Saturday proved difficult, with both sessions wet.

The track had such poor grip levels more than 10 riders crashed in qualifying and again in the race, with some opting not to race.

“I went out in the race to try and understand why we were struggling in the wet so much, but we didn’t really find an answer, other than that we had no grip,” Day said.

“It was strange as in the wet all throughout the year we have had a very positive feeling.”

The weather turned on Sunday and Day qualified in fifth place but had to start out of 30th position due to a poor finish on Saturday.

From the outset he showed plenty of pace and picked up 10 positions on the opening lap.

He then found himself behind a battle for 10th place.

In the end Day crossed the line in 14th place, an impressive feat from wehre he started.

“To get into the points from 30th was a solid achievement for us after the difficult weekend we had already had,” Day said.

“We now have one remaining race at Brands Hatch.

“I’m always working 100 per cent to finish each race as strongly as possible and we will be aiming to end the season on a high.”