BSB » 2 October 2013
Thruxton to host NGRRC finale
The final round of the 2013 NG Road Racing Championship takes place at the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit on Saturday October 12.
The last of a nine-round series that began at Brands Hatch in March, Thruxton will, provide a fitting climax, riders doing battle not just with each other, but also the infamous bumps and undulations around the quickest circuit on the UK mainland.
With Superbikes able to lap at well over 105mph and topping out at over 170mph, the 40 strong grid is not a place for the faint-hearted. Expect the big bikes to push the pace, but do not be surprised if some of the 250 GPs and 600s start mixing it, as slipstreaming keeps the lighter bikes in touch.
WH Bond Kawasaki rider Josh Day is one to watch, having already experienced Thruxton this year in the BSB National Superstock series. The 25-year-old Cirencester rider pulled off a points finish, just ahead of TT supremo John McGuiness, back in April.
Day, a former National 600 champion, now runs his ZX10 in the NG Road Racing Phoenix Open and Powerbike series, as well as the National series. He sits second in both classes, behind 13 time NG champion Phil Bevan, riding a very trick Yamaha R1 in his own track day company colours.
Day and Bevan are expected to fight it out for the top step of the podium, but Paul Shook, Liam Murtaugh, Darren Rumley, Leigh Corfield and Steven Griffiths will be hoping to cause an upset.
As an added bonus, Thruxton will also witness the final round of the 250 GP ACU National championship, where ex-GP bikes battle for honours. Defending champion Dan Jackson with his Team Sigie TZ250 goes into the final round with a slender nine-point lead over Chris Martin on the very rapid RS250 Honda.
But the Wayside Garages 600cc class could provide the hottest action on track, with over a dozen proven winners well capable of challenging top man of 2013 Peter Carr with his ZX6R Kawasaki.
Nick Anderson along with Chris Hawkes, Dave Manley, Paul Jeffery and another National 600 runner Dale Thomas are the main threats. Also keep an eye on Matt Odgen, who had a top ten finish at that British 600cc round back in April and, as a former motocrosser, Thruxton's bumps hold no fear for him and his R6.
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