THE Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team is eyeing another crack at Oliver’s Mount after what bosses dubbed a fruitful first meeting of the season.
John Burrows’ squad crossed the Irish Sea this past weekend to tackle the Bob Smith Spring Cup with Paul Jordan and Scarborough rookie Mike Browne.
Both riders, retained from last season, were duking it out for top-five spots by the end of the event despite a spill for the crocked Jordan and an orange bib for Browne.
The circuit newcomer ended the weekend with the fastest rookie lap at 1:49.739sec, less than five seconds off Dean Harrison’s Supersport lap record, while Northern Ireland’s Jordan battled through the pain of a possible slipped disc to finish fourth in his heat race.
And although machine issues hit on Sunday, forcing both men out of action for the Spring Cup feature scrap, Burrows says he’s already looking forward to returning.
“It was a productive weekend for the team’s first race meeting of the year,” he said. “Paul only raced at Oliver’s Mount once before while Mike was a newcomer, so I was extremely pleased with the pace they showed.
“On Saturday, Mike actually finished second in his Supersport heat but then he got pushed back to third because of a penalty for jumping the start. He learned the course very quickly and Paul was also running good lap times on Saturday to finish fourth in his heat.
“Unfortunately, we had issues with both bikes towards the end of the day and that meant we missed the Spring Cup and the second Supersport race, but apart from that it was a successful weekend and we’ll look forward to going back to Scarborough again.”
Jordan also admitted it was a case of what could have been after an injury before racing even began set him back.
“It was a frustrating weekend for me because I hurt my back on Friday and for a while I actually wasn’t sure if I’d be able to ride a bike at all,” he admitted. “I just bent down to pick something up in Lee Johnston’s garage and I felt like I pulled something. The pain was unreal but I got some painkillers into me and that eased it a bit for Saturday.
“It wasn’t actually too bad when the adrenaline kicked in when I was on the bike, but I wasn’t happy with my starts and that was leaving me too much work to do, so it’s something I need to focus on. It’s the reason I slid off on Sunday because I made a poor start and then I was having to push to try and make up ground.
“I’ve seen a physio, who thinks I might have a slipped disc, but I’ll know more when I see the chiropractor on Tuesday. It’s just really disappointing because I felt so good coming up to the weekend. But it was a good chance to be with the team again and I enjoyed it from that perspective, and I’m keen to go back to Scarborough again and make amends.”
Browne, who impressed on his first visit to the North Yorkshire hillside, says he’s eyeing even more improvements when he returns.
“It was my first time at Scarborough so we took it steady on Saturday until the track dried up a bit, and then I was able to push on,” Browne said. “It’s a hard place to make up any time, especially if you have a bad qualifying, but I was happy enough overall and we were able to run a good pace once we got up to speed.
“I’ve got some experience of the place now and we’ve got a bit of a base setting to work from when we go back, so I’ll be able to go there and ride in anger a bit more the next time.”
The team’s next outing is likely to be a return to Scarborough for the Barry Sheene Classic meeting from June 26-27..