FRUSTRATIONS CONTINUE FOR OLSEN AT ROUND 2
Blustery conditions meant it was hard work for all of the competitors on Friday and Saturday. Race 1 on Saturday afternoon didn’t go to plan with Alex’s race being over before it had really got going as a coming together with Andrew Irwin left him with machine damage and subsequently led to an early retirement.
Sunday’s first race, over the slightly longer distance of 16 laps, due to Alex’s early retirement on Saturday meant he lined up on the ninth row and with a lot of work to do. It proved to be a tough race for both riders, especially Alex coming from the back row. But Alex’s efforts were ultimately rewarded with championship points. Alex put in a solid ride from his 25th place starting position to pick up a point for 15th.
Unfortunately, that proved to be both Global Robots BMW’s best race of the weekend as both riders failed to finish the third and final race, Olsen retiring on the fifth lap due to the ongoing braking issues. Alex and his Team mate Peter Hickman Vow to come back stronger at the next round at Silverstone.
Alex Olsen: “It’s been a very challenging weekend again, unfortunately, and I’m still struggling to get the bike stopped, an issue that was heightened here at Snetterton due to large amounts of braking to be done. Every setting we tried during free practice just didn’t work and I was running on everywhere and although we improved the bike slightly during qualifying, it still wasn’t to the level we should be at. The second race was ok, coming through from so far back on the grid and we did find a direction to go in but perhaps went too far for the final race when I had to pull in again. It’s back to the drawing board but everyone’s working hard and Silverstone’s been good to me in the past so hopefully our fortunes will improve there.”
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