Solid opening weekend for Lewis Osler

Lewis Osler in new leathers at ACU Test Day (Donington Park)

Lewis Osler kick-started his season with the Thundersport 500 curtain raiser at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The Bike Insurer sponsored rider had a solid weekend, securing a fifth place finish alongside an eighth and two 12ths over the day.

While Lew will be looking to get nearer to the podium in the coming rounds, it was a decent start for the rider from Wakefield.

“Sunday’s races went well and without any major incidents, which is always a bonus in the opening weekend,” said Lewis.

“I managed to finish fifth, eighth and two 12ths so I was pleased overall, especially as I had some great battles, particularly In the last race which was great to be involved in.”

Lewis’ start to the season enabled him to reach 13th in the championship standings and within touching distance of his top ten target to ensure he’s in the main championship race at every weekend.

Qualifying quandary

The major challenge for all riders was the increased field at Brands Hatch, where 52 riders were in qualifying.

“I think everyone found qualifying a little hectic because there were so many of us out there and the track is so short.

“There were not many gaps so I came across slower riders much sooner than normal, but that’s to be expected when there are so many novices in the early rounds of the season.”

But with another 80 riders expected in qualifying for the next round at Donington, it’s a hurdle that isn’t going away and one that Lewis identified ahead of this season’s opener.

“Because of how congested it is I need to qualify better. It’s a massive learning curve really because none of us are used to such big fields but it’s something me and the team need to learn how to overcome.

“I was pleased with how I raced so a better position on the grid will definitely help me because I felt good in practice and on the track, it was just qualifying that was difficult over the weekend but it’s something as a team we’ll work to improve on.”

With eight more rounds to come Lewis is confident he’ll be able to force his way into the top ten and towards the front of the field.

“It felt good to be back banging elbows again and there were no major issues with me or the bike on the track. If we can get qualifying nailed then I’ll be able to start working my way towards the front of the field.”

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