Front row starter Bradley Ray is hoping this weekend’s Bennetts British Superbike round can be the pivotal point that helps the rest of his 2019 season fall into place.
Buildbase Suzuki’s top man, who qualified second just 0.224s adrift of Josh Brookes’ pole-winning time, believes he and the Hawk Racing squad have finally found something that could pay dividends in the success of the remainder of his series charge.
Ray qualified on the front row for the first time this season today after tagging onto the back of the Aussie in the closing moments of Q3, but admitted it’s been a difficult start to the year.
With a double podium finish from 12 months ago which he is looking to replicate tomorrow, the Kent rider believes he’s finally found the confidence he’s been missing.
“It’s not been an easy season,” Ray revealed. “It’s the first time this year we’ve been into Q3 so that was a bonus, and to even put it on the front row here is a massive step for myself and the team.
“We’ve just got to build a little confidence in the bike and this weekend I think we found a little bit in FP1. So we can now work on building the confidence and building the package a little bit more.
“It’s not been an easy start, but hopefully this is the turning point of the season and we can be up the sharp end a little bit more.”
Looking ahead to the final four rounds of the season, Ray is hoping to carry the momentum as he thinks the setup from Cadwell could pay dividends at the remaining circuits.
“I think Cadwell is one of those circuits where if you can find a good feeling with the bike and make it work around here, then it makes it a little bit easier around a normal track like Oulton Park or places like that.
“I had two decent results last year here so that helped with the confidence, but the team has worked really hard to try and find that little bit of feeling. Now we’ve found it, hopefully we can keep moving in the right direction.”