The V&M Racing Team got its 2002 motorcycle-racing season off to a flying start, when Scotsman Jim Moodie stormed to an emphatic victory in the opening round of the MB4U National Supersport championship at Silverstone on Bank Holiday Easter Monday.

Making a welcome return to the British racing scene, after missing the whole of the 2001 season through injury, Moodie quickly recaptured the form that took him and the V&M Racing Team to the British Supersport 600 title in 2000, as he dominated the weekends proceedings.

After heading both of Sunday's qualifying sessions, Moodie put the V&M Racing R6 Yamaha in pole position by a comfortable 0.6secs margin, before he promptly left the opposition trailing in his wheel tracks as he controlled Monday's eighteen lap race from the front.

Moodie was in a class of his own as he stormed into the lead on the opening lap, and proceeded to put a huge margin between his pursuers. At one stage he held an eight second advantage over the rest of the field, before he eased the pace to take the chequered flag two seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

"Apart from the bitterly cold weather the weekend went really well," Moodie said, "The V&M R6 Yamaha was superb, and apart from a bit of brake judder during the race I had no real problems. My sole aim at these next few meetings is to sharpen up my riding in readiness for the Isle of Man TT races."

The flying Scotsman showed no ill effects from the ankle injury that sidelined him from the action for the 2001 season, which at one stage even looked like it would bring a premature end to his racing career.

"I was happy with my performance and progress this weekend," added Moodie, "although I feel I could still up the pace a little more yet!"

That's bad news for the opposition, but good news for the V&M Racing Team and their new IT partners Fujitsu Siemens, who were officially represented at the season opening Silverstone round.

"We couldn't have wished for a better start to the season," said team boss Jack Valentine, "It was a perfect way to welcome Fujitsu Siemens on board and celebrate our new IT partnership."

The V&M Racing Team will be working closely with Fujitsu Siemens to develop and deploy a comprehensive headquarters and trackside IT support infrastructure that features the latest Wireless LAN and mobile computing technologies. The new Fujitsu Siemens Computers solution will ensure that V&M Racing personnel have secure access to key racing and engineering data throughout the 2002 campaign race weekends - irrespective of location.

 

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