Lewis Osler in 12th after two rounds

Team Osler at Donington Park in 2015

Lewis Osler, The Bike Insurer’s sponsored rider, finds himself in 12th position in the Thundersport 500 series after two races, but don’t expect him to end the season in the same position.

“I like to try and stay as positive as possible,” said Lewis. “But I would be lying if I said I was happy with being in 12th. I’ll only be 100 per cent happy if I’m at the top of the standings.

“The last round at Donington was much better than the first. It’s the happiest I’ve felt on the bike in a while and I rode well, the only downside was a lack of straight line speed.”

With that in mind, Lewis is confident that a bit of adjustment to the bike will give him more speed down the straights, something that will be vital on the Snetterton 200 track next time out.

“I’m a big fan of Snetterton but I prefer the 300 layout. The 200 has two huge straights so hopefully I’ll be able to improve my straight line speed because it’s going to be a big factor in the race.

“I’m going to really push the strong areas of my riding at Snetterton to maximise my run on to the big straights – that will be vital to get to the front of the field.”

A wider field

And this year, the field is bigger than ever, something that Lewis reflected on in a pre-season interview with The Bike Insurer.

But despite some concerns regarding the field in qualifying, it’s been business as usual, says Lewis, who achieved a fifth place finish in the opening weekend at Brands Hatch.

“The class has really taken off compared to the last time I rode in it and there’s a great group of lads and lasses taking part.

“Every year the standard gets better and when that’s coupled with a deeper field as it is now, it makes for much more entertaining battles. Instead of having a three-way scrap for the front, which happened in previous years, there are ten of us now – it’s more fun for us and more fun to watch, I imagine!”

Lewis is back on track on 3 and 4 May at Snetterton where he’ll be hoping his straight line speed increases enough to challenge the top five.

You can watch Lewis’ pre-season interview with The Bike Insurer below.

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