Luke Mossey says being the lead Showdown contender after Friday free practice at Donington Park is a useful extra confidence boost but is solely focused on delivering the results when it counts.
After toasting last weekend with the birth of his first child and a maiden entry into the MCE British Superbike Showdown, Mossey maintained his sky-high form by finishing Friday practice second overall behind Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon.
Having sat out FP1 after it became a washout, Mossey was satisfied with his set-up on his Mick Grant-inspired special livery Kawasaki ZX-10R and aims to take his fight to the front-runners in the Showdown.
“We didn't make too many changes from Oulton,” Mossey said. “I wanted to make sure we had a good race setting and the bike is somewhere where we need as it was the first real session.
“Tomorrow we will chunk some tyres on it and go as I'm feeling really confident. We weren't really chasing a time but it just came while working on race setting. I think we have a really good motorbike for the rest of the weekend.
“At the end of the day it is only practice is it nice to see your name up there and it gives you a confidence boost but the real work starts tomorrow.”
Having become a father last Sunday morning, just hours before securing his place in the Showdown, Mossey says he found the transition between parent and racer an easy one and relishing both roles.
“I'm still riding the high from Oulton, I'm absolutely over the moon that my daughter is here,” he said. “But once the helmet goes nothing changes, we go back to work. I still want to do the best job I can for myself and my team. When I'm off track I'm a family man but when I am on track I'm a racer.”
Mossey is running a special green and white livery inspired by Mick Grant's KR750 Kawasaki which won the Isle of Man TT Superbike race in 1977 lapping at 112.77mph.
The Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider says he go the inspiration from watching old videos of Grant earlier in the season.
“Pete [Extance, team owner] and I sat down a couple of months ago and spoke about it if we got in the Showdown,” he said. “A month ago I was looking through some old videos of old Grand Prixs and Mick Grant came up on his 750 Kawasaki and I really liked it. Pete was all for it and I think it looks the bollocks!”