MOTORCYCLING: Milo denied on final lap
G&S Racing Kawasaki riders Milo Ward, Kevin Keyes and TJ Toms were in action at Oulton Park at the weekend with two races to contest.
Ward rode to 16th and 19th places in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 races while Keys and Toms took part in the Superstock 600 rounds - resulting in a brace of fifth places for Toms plus an eighth and a DNF for Keyes.
Ward is coming on in leaps and bounds - making some significant progress over the last few rounds - and last weekend he showed he is capable of running within a point-scoring position.
He qualified for an eighth-row start to both races and in race one he made it through to a strong 19th position.
In race two he worked his way through to 15th and was looking to score a championship point but was denied on the final lap when Rob McNealy powered past on the run to the flag with Ward crossing the line just two-tenths away in 16th place.
Toms put in two solid performances in the stock 600 class.
After qualifying for a fourth-row start to the first race, he powered through the pack to take up fifth on lap nine of 12 and maintained the position to the flag.
His lap time from the first race earned him a front-row start to race two but he didn’t get the best of starts and dropped back to sixth on the first lap.
But he persevered and made his way back up to fifth place on lap eight and not far away from the leading four.
He crossed the finish line in fifth place to pick up a further 11 points, bringing his total haul of the weekend to 22 and placing him sixth in the overall rider standings.
Keyes was nursing an injury to his hand which he picked up in the crash at Cadwell Park last time out.
But he shrugged it off and completed his qualifying in fourth place for a second-row start to the first race.
He got a cracking start to take the lead from the off and was swapping places with Caolan Irwin over the first few laps.
The action was fast and the front group very competitive, all challenging for the race lead. In the heat of the battle Keyes lost the front and slid off at Hizzy’s chicane his race over.
Despite aggravating his previous injury, Keyes went out in race two but the injury had taken its toll on him and he was only able to complete the race in eighth place - a brave effort in the circumstances and eight more points to add to his total.
Team manager Tom Fisher said: "It has been a brilliant weekend for the team and all three riders have gone incredibly well.
"Milo is on the verge of breaking into the points and both Kevin and TJ have brought points back for the team. Our plans for next season are already beginning to come together and we hope to be able to have the rider line-up settled in a few weeks.
"Our weekend was also saddened by the loss of one of our dear friends and sponsors who died in a motorcycle crash during the Cadwell weekend. It was his funeral on Friday and many of the team members attended."
The next round is at Donington Park on October 4-6.