Triumph ValMoto's first race at Brands Hatch provided the team with yet more valuable data on the Daytona Supersport machines.

The intricacies of 2.6-mile GP circuit exposed several new areas to incorporate in the development of Triumph's factory bikes.

The team's chief development rider Jim Moodie was unable to improve on 18th position in the race, however his team-mate Craig Jones collected a very creditable tenth place. Team Vitrans' Australian recruit Dean Thomas claimed the victory with a last lap manoeuvre that effectively outwitted third-placed Stuart Easton and runner-up Karl Harris.

Despite starting from 15th on the grid Jones recorded yet another excellent racing performance. The 18-year-old Triumph ValMoto rider managed to improve his qualifying position by five places despite other riders making life difficult for him. He could have made up more ground had he not been severely impeded from the start.

"I just got hung out to dry on the first lap," said Jones. "I got boxed in at the start, boxed in through Paddock Hill and boxed in at Druids. Every time I got in a group, somebody crashed! I fought my way through but by the time I got to the head of the pack, the lads in front had pulled away. Towards the end of the race I was closing down Rob Frost by a couple of tenths a lap but then I just ran out of laps."

Moodie's finishing position was not representative of the hard work that he put in throughout the race. Immediately handicapped by a fourth row start, the popular Supersport veteran did his level best to fight back but could not maintain the advantage that he built up through Brands Hatch's numerous high speed corners.

"That was hard work," admitted Moodie. "The first few laps were terrible because I kept getting wedged behind slower riders and lost a lot of ground. We made a few changes to the bike overnight but I was still struggling to get the power down on the way out of corners.

"I was carrying masses of corner speed and riding round the outside of people without too much problem but towards the end the back wheel was spinning up and sliding a little too much and that actually slowed me down. It's frustrating because I know that the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 is capable of so much more. The tough bit is finding the key to unlock this potential but we're working on it."

 

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