April 19, 2015
JOSH Corner crossed the line 10th in his Pirelli National Superstock 1000 debut at Brands Hatch today.
The 18-year-old from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, enjoyed one of the strongest races of his career at the Kent circuit, as he seared his way through the pack from 24th to end the race in a stunning 10 position.
And his achievement was all the more impressive because he had never ridden the bike, nor even sat on a 1000cc machine until last Wednesday when he had his first test on the MWR Motorsports Kawasaki after getting the call-up to deputise for injured rider Cody Nally.
After testing the bike at Oulton Park, he headed to Brands Hatch Indy circuit for Round Two of the series, and instantly gelled with new bike, qualifying in a respectable 24th place ahead of today’s 24-lap race.
At the green light he got a good getaway, and by the end of the first lap around the short Indy Circuit, he had moved up two places to 22nd. On Lap six he made a move on Dan Kneen up to 21st and from there he kept pushing hard, picking up places lap by lap. By Lap 20 he was running in 13th place, and continued to press on, making up a place each lap before making one last push on the final lap, passing Barry Teasdale to take 10th.
“It just felt mega, the bike was perfect out there and it all went so fast I couldn’t believe it when the chequered flag came out – I felt like I’d only been out there five minutes,” he said. “I don’t know what I was expecting when I came here, it was my aim to get in the top 20, I certainly didn’t think we’d go this well straight out the box.
“I wasn’t sure how we’d get on with the bigger bike but I love it. It’s obviously a lot faster but it feels so much better to ride than the 600. I enjoyed every moment of that race, I never dreamed I’d get a top 10 in my first Superstock 1000 race and now I have to hope I can get another chance to race. I want to thank Mark Webster and everyone at MWR Motorsports for the opportunity to ride the bike, I’ve loved every minute of this weekend. This was almost as good as a race win for me.”