The rain that Triumph ValMoto had been hoping would fall before riders Craig Jones and Jim Moodie were due to take to the track failed to materialise at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

After two relatively uninspiring qualifying sessions, the team felt that wet weather might help overcome the obstacles that had so far made life hard. However, as it turned out, Jones did not need to rely on 'favourable conditions' to achieve the teams best result so far this season.

The 18 year old produced his best performance of the season to take eighth place after a determined and well-judged ride. Throughout the 16-lap race he showed precisely why ValMoto boss Jack Valentine selected him for this auspicious project.

Jones lives just five miles away from the Cheshire circuit, however it wasn't just local knowledge that gave him the edge.

"I'd been praying for rain earlier in the day but it wasn't going to happen so I just decided to put my head down and get on with it," said Jones. "We'd been struggling to find the right set-up for the circuit and after qualifying 15th I was expecting to have a tough time. There are so many good bikes and riders out there that it was never going to be easy.

"I had some good scraps out there and the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 worked really well today. Eighth might not sound like an amazing result but it was just what we needed and I can feel that we're not too far off now," he added.

Team-mate Moodie was less pleased with his own performance. His race was to some extent decided by being on the fifth row of the grid, then making a poor start. However, the double British Supersport Champion persevered and was able to pick up seven places for a twelfth place finish.

"I must have lost about 10 seconds in the first two laps," said Moodie. "I made up what I could but ended up having a fairly lonely race with about four seconds of daylight ahead of me and five behind. I couldn't really pick up any more places but it did give me chance to think about what else I can do to the bike.

"Things are definitely getting better and I'm hopeful of a good result at my home round of Knockhill in two weeks time."

 

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