Points for Ray on WSB Debut
Points for Ray on WSB Debut

Bradley Ray and the Buildbase Suzuki team enjoyed a positive wildcard appearance in the weekend’s World Superbike round at Donington Park, utilising the experience to gain more track time and improve the GSX-R1000 Superbike; and scoring some world championship points.The weekend started strongly, firstly with wet free practice giving the team chance to work on wet weather set-up, before Ray posted a time that saw him progress straight to Superpole 2.

From his 10th placed grid spot, the 21-year-old diced with a number of experienced riders on full World Superbike-spec machines in both races, coming away with two points-scoring finishes. After battling for the top 10, rear tyre wear saw Ray surrender a few positions, but he still came away with a 14th and 15th.

Speaking after the weekend, Ray said: “We had a really enjoyable and also productive weekend. Honestly, the important thing for us was more track time and to really treat the whole thing as a big test first and foremost. We couldn’t compare ourselves to the world superbike teams, we had to compare our performance to when we were last at Donington for the opening BSB round, and we can safely say we’ve found some real improvements.

“That said, I’d be lying if I said we didn’t also want to give a good account of ourselves and show what we could do against the best superbike riders and teams in the world, and given our bike is built to a different specification, I think we can be really happy with two point-scoring finishes. I’ve got to say thank you to the team for giving me the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to Snetterton for the next BSB round.”