The 2002 BSB season started in earnest for the Padgett's Motorcycles team at Silverstone this Easter weekend.

After a frustrating series of setbacks in pre-season testing the team finally had the chance to put some miles on their new race bikes at the championship's opening round.

Riders Jamie Morley and Phil Giles, deputising for injured regulars Adrian Coates and Marty Nutt, worked hard all weekend to help the team get the distinctive white and orange Suzuki's race-ready.

All the effort paid off for Morley in the first race where, despite racing on slick tyres for only the second time and having aggravated a previous shoulder injury, he finished a strong 12th, making up 2 places from his Superpole qualifying position.

A re-started race 2 saw another determined performance from Morley compromised by having to pit to check the health of the bike after a prolonged wait on the start-line. Once back in the race the 26 year-old from Portsmouth stormed through the field to finish 16th.

"We couldn't have asked for anything more," said team manager Clive Padgett, "Jamie has done a fantastic job for us this weekend and I'm delighted that the IFC Ducati team have allowed him to ride again for us at Brands Hatch where we aim to be up amongst the factory boys."

Morley added, "The engine's superb and with the chassis improvements we've identified I'm sure we'll be in the top ten at Brands."

Having worked solidly all weekend to progress the Padgett team's knowledge of the big Suzuki, Phil Giles' luck deserted him on race-day when he fell whilst riding his own Superstock bike and then again when back on the Padgett's bike in the first of the two Superbike races. Although minor, the resulting injuries proved significant enough to keep the disappointed Leicester rider off the grid for race two.

 

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