This Bank Holiday weekend Triumph ValMoto heads to Oulton Park for the fourth round of the British Supersport Championship.

The picturesque Cheshire circuit is a favourite among motorcycle racing fans because it often proves to be the venue for some of the most spectacular two-wheeled battles of the year. Oulton also rates highly with the team's riders Craig Jones and Jim Moodie.

This round has extra significance for Jones and the ValMoto team. The 18-year-old Junior Superstock Champion hails from nearby Northwich, while Jack Valentine's race management company is based a little further afield in Middleton. Both parties are eager to impress on their home turf, however they are also realistic about tackling the challenges of the 2.69-mile circuit.

"I'm really looking forward to Oulton," said Jones. "I've had good results there in the past [first and second places in last years Junior Superstock races] and am hoping that I can do well with Triumph ValMoto this time round. I don't usually feel any extra pressure there, even though it is my home circuit, but obviously there will be quite a few people trackside on Monday who will want me to do well and I'd hate to disappoint them.

"We tested at Oulton recently to try and iron out a few little issues with the bikes. We're not a million miles away from finding a solution but we're still playing catch-up to some of the other teams, so I'm going to have to work pretty hard if I want to make an impression - all I need is a little bit of luck."

Jim Moodie also recognises that Oulton is going to be a tough round, but the eight times TT winner has never been one to shirk a challenge.

"I've spent the last three rounds chasing my tail, searching for the perfect set-up," said the vastly experienced Scot. "Testing there has given me a couple of ideas that I'm going to try on Friday but I think the key for Oulton will be to settle on one that works well enough to do the job and just get out there and ride.

"During the last round at Thruxton I broke the existing lap record but we still came away with very little in terms of results," he added. "The goal posts have moved so dramatically this season in terms of lap times that any result this weekend will be good for such a new bike. That said, the Triumph ValMoto package is an excellent one and I'm going to make sure that we achieve the best result possible and if it rains we might even catch a few people off guard."

 

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