Brad Ray produced consistent results during the British Superbike Championship’s only visit to Oulton Park in Cheshire this season – carding 7-8-7 from his three outings on the TAS Racing prepared SYNETIQ BMW S1000RR on Saturday and Sunday.
Ray started the opening race on Saturday from the front row of the grid in third position, demonstrating the potential of the S1000RR. Such is the level of competition this season a podium finish eluded him, taking a creditable seventh, just ahead of race three winner Josh Brookes. Row three starts in Sunday’s two outings also produced top ten results in eighth and seventh, despite struggling with arm pump in the closing stages of both outings.
The consistency this weekend is encouraging. We still have some work to do but it was great to see the SYNETIQ BWM S1000RR in the mix in each of the three races at Oulton Park. The competition in BSB this year is unbelievably strong and although we are not quite where we expected to be at this stage, Brad is getting more confident with the BMW each and every weekend. Our goal is to finish the season challenging for podium positions in the final two rounds in October at Donington Park and Brands Hatch.
Philip Neill, Team Principal, SYNETIQ BMW
We made good progress throughout the weekend, starting with free practice and qualifying and managed to put the SYNETIQ BMW on the front row of the grid for race one. We showed the potential with the pace that we had in the three races, so I’m happy to come away with three top eight finishes. I’m starting to really get to grips with the bike and work in a positive direction, which is getting us closer to those podium positions. With some more work and development we can look ahead to Donington Park now in a more positive frame of mind.
Brad Ray, #28 SYNETIQ BMW British Superbike Rider