'Frustrating' start to season for Motorpoint Yamaha

Loris Baz and James Westmoreland cannot build on their strong qualifying showings at the British Superbike opener at Brands Hatch.
Motorpoint Yamaha's hopes of getting their 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship campaign off to a strong start ended in frustration after both Loris Baz and James Westmoreland couldn't capitalise on their grid positions.

Baz had been the team's star performer throughout the weekend, the Frenchman qualifying just off the front row in fifth position. Though a tardy start left him towards the bottom end of the top ten in race one, he was promoted to third when the safety car came out mid-race.

However, the former European Superstock 600 champion claims he 'froze' during the caution period and was unable to push hard during the second-half of the race, leaving him an eventual seventh.

With tyre woes consigning him to 13th in race two, Baz could not help but feel disappointed with the results given the pace he had shown during the timed sessions.

“That was a frustrating weekend! I really froze up when the pace car came out and I made a mess of the race, I am sorry to the team for this we could have had a great start. In the second race, the tyre moved on the wheel and it was nearly impossible to ride. I am pretty angry about race day but I know we have the pace and want to get to Oulton fast to make me feel better!”

His team-mate Westmoreland fared even worse, the rookie admitting that he let the occasion of his British Superbike debut get to him as he suffered a crash in both races.

“Shell shocked! I think I let the occasion get to me a too much, I rode the qualifying well and was ready for race day and I think wanted it too much!

“Making silly mistakes around here you are punished pretty hard, Brands Indy is intense, but thankfully we are back on track in four days at Oulton so I can get back into it.”

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George Whillans

April 28, 2011 9:24 PM

I think you are being to hard on yourselves because this has to be one of the strongest BSB fields ever put together which means any rider making the smallest mistake this year will be up against it. Hi its only the first two races and I am looking foreward to all the rest. Good luck to you both

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