Following good performances at Oulton Park and Pembrey JDF riders Danny Murphy and Matt Davies are looking forward to riding in the support races of the World Superbike Round on the GP circuit at Donington Park this weekend.
JDF riders were again on the podium at Oulton Park in the rain soaked last round, they are looking for better weather at Donington Park.
On their Magnum Motorsport powered RS125 Aprilia’s Danny Murphy and Matt Davies had never seen the circuit before Friday morning. Both riders achieved impressive qualifying positions on the front row in tricky conditions at Oulton Park despite the circuit having numerous testing corners particularly in the wet.
Danny Murphy qualifying in P3 at a time of 2:38:183 1.962 seconds behind on form pole-sitter Andy Reid, Matt Davies on P4 with a time of 2:39.685 to completed the front row.
Oulton Park like Cadwell is the toughest test of a rider on the calendar, due to the topography and number of corners the rider need to learn. A circuit were time can be easily lost; it usually takes an umber of test sessions and races to get to grips with the historic Cheshire circuit.
Rochdale rider Danny Murphy put in the performance of the week end with two solid second positions and was never troubled by the rest of the field. Consistently qualifying on the front row and achieving regular podium positions, his first win appears to be just around the corner.
The podium performances were even more impressive as Danny had completed just 11 laps of the Cheshire circuit the previous day before the qualifying session.
Due to an A level examination Danny completed on five laps in the first Superteen session on the Friday before scooting off to the exam on the back of Dad Steve’s bike! Steve Murphy said ’it was probably his best performances of the series so far, given the conditions and the length of the circuit’. The two solid results have taken Danny within just 34 points of second placed rider in the championship Connor Tagg.
Young Aussie Matt Davies said ’we have nothing like this type of circuit back home, awesome is all I can say!’ Following in the footsteps of the likes of Casey Stoner and Troy Bayliss who raced many times at the circuit, Matt put in competitive lap times on the Friday test session with the exception of Championship leader Andy Reid, Matt was the quickest throughout the day. Getting mixed up in a first lap tumble with Wayne Ryan, Matt did not complete the first race, and Race 2 however saw Matt follow team Mate Danny Murphy home to finish in third place to take the final podium position of the weekend.