Scotland, Wednesday 4th July 2018.
The OMG Racing team make the annual trip to Knockhill for round five of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Whilst it is a new circuit for the team and Superbike star, Gino Rea, the ferocious nature of the track is infamous within the BSB calendar.
Having bedded-in the Ohlins suspension at Round 4, Gino Rea made great in-roads towards the top ten. Now working with renewed confidence, Rea and his team will be hoping to finally break into the top ten, at a circuit which is renowned for throwing up strange results. Whilst Gino may not have raced at Knockhill before, the Londoner completed a half-day testing at the Scottish circuit, which gave the rider some confidence towards the bike on the track.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back at work with the OMG Racing team at Knockhill this coming weekend. It is another new race track for me this year but we managed half a day on-track a few weeks ago, so at least I know which way it goes! It is a fun, little quirky circuit and I’m eager to see how it rides on the Superbike. We are learning about the bike all the time and I’m positive that we will make another step towards the front this weekend. I’ve worked hard over the few weeks off, so fingers crossed for another strong points-scoring result to follow on nicely from Snetterton.”
2015 National Superstock 1000 champion Josh Elliott made a great debut for OMG Racing at Snetterton, even if the result was not the desired conclusion to their first weekend working together. The popular Ulsterman was a winner around the tight and twisty Knockhill circuit in 2015, and besides one race last season, he has been in the top ten at the track ever since. With two races coming up this weekend for Josh, it will be valuable time to continue to adapt to the bike and give OMG their first top ten.
“I go to Knockhill with much anticipation about working with OMG Racing again. We made big steps forward at Snetterton throughout the weekend and come the race, we were in a competitive situation. Knockhill is a unique track that definitely has some challenging parts to it but I’m sure with the help from my team, we can find a set-up that will give me what I need to secure two strong finishes.”
Team manager Paul Curran is also positive after Snetterton, as he looks to build on the momentum and put both bikes in respectable positions.
Paul Curran, Team Manager
“I can’t wait to get to some more sun in Knockhill, it doesn’t come out much up there but hopefully dry conditions can make it easier for all of us! Behind the scenes, there’s been some more development on the OMG bikes. A double race weekend for Josh means it will be a good opportunity for the OMG name to get up the sharp end.
“Gino hasn’t raced at Knockhill but he managed 200km on his practice bike a few weeks ago, so he knows the layout of the track at least. Hopefully, with a good base setting, we can hit the ground running straight away in FP1.”
Crew chief Ray Stringer will be back in action at Knockhill, having missed the Snetterton round. He’s looking forward to working with Josh Elliott for the first time this season, as well as pushing Gino towards the top ten.
Ray Stringer, Crew Chief
“Knockhill is going to an intriguing round this weekend and I can’t wait to get it started for many reasons. I think the Knockhill circuit will suit Gino and we also have a fair few new components to try in the ongoing development of the bike and rider.
“I am eager to be working with Josh Elliott properly for the first time, as I have helped him behind the scenes for several years. I have no question about Josh’s ability and he can undoubtedly be a race winner on the OMG Racing Suzuki in the National Superstock 1000 category.”
Stay tuned to OMG Racing UK Suzuki Team’s social media channels for all of the latest updates in the run up to the only Scottish round of the season at Knockhill, taking place this weekend!