Mondello Park is Ireland's premier motorsport venue and the newest addition to the British Supersport Championship calendar. Few of the riders competing in any of the classes will have previously visited the tight, twisty and technical track.

This universal handicap should serve to level the playing field a little and could well be responsible for creating a few surprises. Should this be the case, the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600s of Jim Moodie and Craig Jones will be waiting to pounce.

Several rounds of trial and error have enabled Triumph ValMoto Team Manager Jack Valentine and Chief Engineer Steve Mellor to isolate the precise areas in which to concentrate their development efforts. And while significant gains have certainly been made, there is still much catching up to do at Mondello Park.

Very little is known about how the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600s will behave around the tight, twisting and technical track, but similarities to Rockingham and Knockhill could well work in favour of the Union flag emblazoned bikes. Whatever surprises may lie in store for the team, it goes without saying that the rider of the #18 machine Craig Jones is looking forward to the challenge.

"It's certainly going to be an interesting round," said Jones. "We don't know the track at all, so it's going to be a pretty steep learning curve but at least it'll be the same for everyone. From looking at the circuit map I think that it could suit the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600s now that we have ironed out a few teething troubles.

"The team has been working really hard on sorting the fuelling and the bikes just keep getting better and better, but my job is simply to get out there and ride hard - which is exactly what I'm going to do at Mondello."

Jim Moodie had a tough time at Rockingham and is hoping that the team's recent test session at Bruntingthorpe will pay dividends in Ireland.

"We've been concentrating really hard on solving the problem we had with the bikes backing in on a closed throttle," said Moodie. "This was really apparent at Rockingham and I struggled to come to terms with what was a new circuit for me, but I think that we've made some headway now.

"Some of the other teams may have had a little sneak preview of the circuit on track days and the like but we've never raced there before, so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in. The Irish crowds are always on top form and I'd like to put on a good show for them."

 

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