Luke Mossey has bemoaned a lack of hunger from his MCE British Superbike championship rivals towards the end this season but was thrilled to pick up the BSB Riders' Cup in his rookie campaign.
The Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider ended 2015 as top rookie along with the BSB Riders' Cup thanks to a string of impressive performances, highlighted by two rostrums at Thruxton and Assen respectively.
Despite missing out on the BSB Showdown Mossey has relished being a 'Showdown spoiler' but without singling out individuals he says he feels deflated by the season finale.
“It was a little bit annoying because throughout the last three rounds, and I won't name names, but there were certain guys who did not perform,” Mossey told Crash.net
in an exclusive interview. “As soon as they got into the Showdown they didn't put 100% in so it was annoying. They are supposed to be the experienced riders showing us the way and they didn't really perform. It was frustrating.”
Over the final three rounds of the season Mossey produced arguably his best form by collecting more points (50) than two Showdown contenders; Tommy Bridewell (38) and Dan Linfoot (49). The Cambridge rider says he understands individual situations may have had an impact on his rivals in the Showdown having achieved their targets and is focusing on a stronger start to 2016 to give him a better chance of breaking into the top six.
“I'm not saying they did the wrong thing but I think it was annoying because if we were more consistent at the start we could have been there,” he explained. “It is difficult to say though as we were finding our feet in the Superbike class and it was hard.
“If we had some good results at the start there is no doubt we could have been in the Showdown. Hopefully we can make it next year.”
Mossey has re-signed with Quattro Plant Kawasaki for the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship and is set to get his first shakedown test in the new ZX-10R in January ahead of rigorous pre-season testing.