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Brands BSB: Rookies make impression on series debut
9 April 2013
Highly-rated British Superbike rookies Keith Farmer, PJ Jacobsen and Josh Waters come away from the opening round of the 2013 series having made a respectable impression on their respective debuts, with each picking up top ten finishes.
Of the trio, it was Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Farmer that produced the most formidable performance on his full-time debut in the series, qualifying on the second row of the grid and dicing with the leaders during the early stages of the opening race.
Though he would eventually fade to sixth place, before picking up a ninth in race two, the Ulsterman was pleased with his opening efforts.
"The aim for this weekend was to put in a solid performance and to come away with a couple of top ten results and that's exactly what I've done. We showed some good pace in qualifying and ran with the leaders in race one but I struggled a little with arm pump in the latter stages.
“Race two saw me not get a good start so it was always going to be a battle but to hold a top eight placing in the championship after round one is brilliant. Hopefully we can continue the learning curve next weekend at Thruxton and a big well done to the team and Shakey for a superb performance."
Tyco Suzuki's Jacobsen, a race winner British Supersport level last season, was also a second row qualifier in eighth before proceeding to notch up ninth and 12th place finishes in the races. They were results the young American was satisfied with, even if he admits racing a Superbike over 30 laps was a 'different' experience.
“The first race was really good but 30 laps really was a bit different for me and I didn't really know what the Superbike class was going to be like in a race situation – but yeah, it was good. I just concentrated on being really smooth and maybe didn't push so hard in the first race but ninth at the end was absolutely great.
“In the second race I got tangled up with someone going into turn one and basically that was the race over for me, in terms of trying to better my place from race one. I just concentrated on putting in consistent lap times and although I'm a bit disappointed it was a good start to the year.”
Australian Superbike Champion Waters, meanwhile, had a tougher initiation to BSB competition, qualifying outside the top ten in 16th, but fighting his way up the order in race one to finish tenth on his debut aboard the Milwaukee Yamaha.
“It has been a bit of a tough one for me but I also think that I have learnt a lot this weekend and it is good for me to get these races under my belt. I didn't qualify well and that made it really difficult for race one. I was able to move up the order and then I was happier in race two as I was in the battle for ninth place and try and push a bit harder.
“I need to congratulate the rest of the team and also James for the win in the second race as that shows what everyone in our garage is capable of and we want to come back stronger at Thruxton.”
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