Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray has looked beaten and dejected for most of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike season so far but a return to form that began at Cadwell saw him back to being a race-leader over the Oulton weekend.
Ray was able to stick with the three championship-leading Ducatis in both races and was rewarded with a brace of podium finishes - his best results since Cadwell 2018 when he took two second places behind eventualk champion Leon Haslam.
It’s been a pretty incredible weekend to be fair. After the positive weekend we had at Cadwell I’d have been happy to have come here and kept building on that confidence and come away with a few top-six finishes, so to be leading races and picking up a couple of podiums is incredible,” said Ray.
Massive thanks to the team – they’ve not stopped working to get us to this point and have kept trying to help me feel more comfortable on the bike so it’s great to be able to reward them with some silverware.
“I think we’ve found a good base setting now and hopefully we can carry this on into Assen. Congratulations to Coopes and the team on the Superstock championship, too; they’ve been consistently winning races all season so big well done to them.”
Ray returned from the Suzuka Eight-Hours with renewed self-confidence after he and Tommy Bridewell took a factory-supported GSX-R1000 to eighth place, and it showed at Cadwell where he qualified in second but had two nightmare races.