RICHARD Molnar has revealed he enjoyed his foray into the BSB paddock over the weekend and says he is now considering more.
Known for his club racing endeavours within the CRMC, Thundersport GB and EMRA paddocks, Molnar stepped up to national level when he joined the Satchwell Racing squad for the ninth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Cadwell Park.
And while he may be more used to racing Classic 350 and 500ccs and CB500s, he proved he is more than capable when up against the UK’s best stock 600 pilots.
While not a stranger to 600cc action, Molnar knew the move was going to be tough, having only ridden the Satchwell Racing Yamaha once before the weekend.
After getting to grips with his new machine during Friday’s free practice sessions, Molnar qualified in 23rd position ahead of Sunday’s race and made a good start, getting up to 20th by the end of the opening lap.
Despite a tangle with another rider early on, he had been making good progress when a mistake on the eighth lap ended his race early as he crashed out at the Gooseneck.
But emerging unhurt, Molnar insisted it had been a successful weekend up until that point, and says he wants to give it another try.
“I really enjoyed it,” he told UK Clubsport. “I think I showed my potential and the bike has showed its potential too. I think if I got on it again, I’d hope a top 15 would be on the cards.
“I need to push harder earlier on to help set up the bike for the race but that will come with experience. I’m hoping I will get another chance to race with the team at Oulton Park if it’s possible.”
Molnar admits the difference between club and national level racing is very different, but feels it can only benefit him as he felt like he learnt more every time he went out.
“Every fast rider from every club is here and that means the difference in speed is unbelievable. Even the riders at the back are phenomenal. To be able to come here and be pushed harder than I ever have is a fantastic experience.
“It’s also amazing to have such a big crowd there, it pushes you more knowing you have that many people watching you.
“It’s something that I had always wanted to do and I think what I have learnt here will really help me in my club level racing. It has been a big step up but I’m very pleased to have had this amazing experience.”
Molnar is now putting his Classics hat back on for a while as he prepares for his next CRMC meeting at Anglesey next month, and is currently weighing up his options for the future with regards to Stock 600.
*Main image: Kerry Rawson