Nightmare weekend for Ward
Nightmare weekend for Ward

Canterbury’s Tom Ward had a bit of a nightmare weekend in the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park last weekend.

Tom unfortunately crashed out in race one, forced to retire with arm-pump in race two and a technical problem in race three.

Tom qualified in 21st place on the grid for the opening race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon.

He got a good start but tucked the front going into the final corner on the opening lap and crashed out. Due to the fact he did not secure a lap time he was forced to start the second race from the back of the grid in 26th place.

Another good start saw him make up some places in race two; he ran straight on early on in the race and was later forced to retire due to severe arm-pump which meant that he couldn’t continue in the race.

For race three he started from 21st place again and once again he seemed to be making good progress but a technical problem saw the black and orange flag come out and he was forced to retire to the pits and end a disappointing weekend.

Speaking at the end of a hard weekend, Ward said: ” “It wasn’t the greatest weekend, we had loads of potential but it just didn’t work out. I got horrendous arm-pump all weekend; I think it was my own fault as I did a training session on Wednesday. I never get it; I’ve done two 45 minute stints around Oulton with no sign of arm-pump, it’s just so frustrating.

“I lost so much of the weekend because of that. There are still a lot of positives to take, I tested a new front tyre which gave me a lot of confidence plus some set-up changes.

“We got a better feeling with the bike and we worked really well together but there are plenty of things to take on to Donington.”