JOSH Day put on a nearly-flawless performance at Anglesey this weekend, taking five wins in the NG Powerbike and Open classes with a new lap record to boot.
The reigning NGRRC double champ had to settle for second behind former British 125GP and Isle of Man TT Privateer’s champ Dan Cooper in the first big bike battle of the event as he fought electrical issues, but he swept the remaining races with room to spare.
It was Day who qualified on pole for both classes, with Cooper starting second on the grid and right beside him. But when the lights went out on Saturday, it was clear the Kendrick and Spalding ZX-10R had a problem.
Day dropped a handful of places at the start of the first Open race as he realised his bike was jumping between power and traction settings, crossing the line fifth after the first lap as Cooper, Dan Kneen, James Kiff and Aaron Ridewood led the pack.
But the Impcross Engineering BMW of Cooper was already gone as Day began to pick his way through the front-men, beating Jackson Racing’s 600 rider Dan Kneen to second at the flag while Cooper bagged the win with nearly six seconds to spare.
In the Saturday Powerbikes battle, however, Day knew what he was up against and powered to a lights-to-flag victory, with a new outright club lap record of 1:07.739s, ahead of Cooper as Earnshaws Motorcycles’ Jonathan Lodge took third.
And Day carried his momentum over into Sunday, sweeping the big bike battles by a combined winning margin of nearly 40 seconds.
Kneen took second in the Open scraps from True Heroes Racing’s Dave Mackay and Outlaw Tools rider James Kiff, while Lodge, Kiff and Jackson Racing’s Daley Mathison shared the podium honours in the Powerbike races.
Despite his trophy haul and new lap record, Day admits it wasn’t what he would call his ideal start to the season.
“It was a bit of a frustrating weekend to be honest,” he told UK Clubsport. “We’ve had this electrical issue in pre-season testing and we thought we had it fixed with a new switch.
“I was luck to not get collected when I missed the lights in race one as I was messing with the bike. We thought we had solved the problem again in the afternoon and it was good to get the new lap record, but the worry and inconsistency was playing on my mind a little.
“I got my confidence back in the wet on Sunday morning with a 1:13, and we come away from the weekend leading both championships and with the new lap record so I can’t complain too much.
“It was great to have such full grids with plenty of talent, we just need to sort this issue out for the next round.”
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*Side image: Josh Day
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