News for 2017
Dawson Maintains Progress in Ducati TriOptions Cup at WSB.
Supported by Ducati Wolverhampton, nineteen year old Louis Dawson from Highley near Bridgnorth maintained his points-scoring finishes following on from the second round of the Trioptions Cup at Oulton Park. As a result of an oil spillage at Oulton the second race was postponed and transferred to the World Super Bikes round at Donington Park where the Ducati series was one of the support races. With three races to look forward to over the weekend Dawson had plenty of track time to get to grips with the Donington GP track layout.
Qualifying in seventeenth place Louis had a good start in race one and by the end of lap one he had passed two riders moving up to fourteenth place. On lap two Dawson gained another two places slotting into eleventh position. By lap five of the eight lap race he was up to ninth place. Forward progress stopped at this point due to fading brakes, finishing the race in a creditable eleventh place. Louis Dawson, “We tried carbon pads in the front brakes which are fine for the first few laps. After that it was a struggle and I started slipping back to the riders I had worked my way past a couple of laps earlier. Apart from that the bike is working fine. We are using KTech suspension this year and it works well, the bike is spot on!”
The second race of the day was the postponed Oulton Park round 2 second race. This time, ten laps of the Donington Park venue. Due to the brake fade issue Dawson knew it was going to be tough to get a top ten finish. With an almost identical race to the earlier one Dawson again finished in eleventh spot just over a second behind South African rider Philip Atkinson. Dawson, “I was watching the pit board and knew I was catching Phil for tenth spot, even with the brake issue I put in a big effort but couldn’t just get that elusive tenth place!”
As a result of the mega laps system, Louis was moved up the grid to tenth place for the final race on the Sunday, as his fastest lap time in race two of 1:36.167 being faster than the riders ahead of him. Dawson had a good start and got up to eighth but the brake gremlins struck again and he had to settle for twelfth place. Final word from Louis “John Davies of JDF Racing is managing me in the series for 2015 and I must say his way of working a rider is interesting. He sets targets which stretch you but are achievable. John sets out a race strategy which works for me, roll on the next round!”