Top Ten on Saturday, Tech issue on Sunday For Bradley Ward at Pitt Race
Bradley Ward was back in the top ten in the latest round of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship held at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, finishing ninth in Saturday’s opening encounter.
Just missing out on Superpole, he lined up fourteenth of the grid for the two races. Improving several positions after a strong race one start, the FLY Racing ADR Motorsports Kawasaki mounted Ward once again showed his ability to learn from those more experienced riders around him, consistently lapping within a few tenths of those in the top six, as his adaptation to Superbike continues.
Buoyed by another top ten finish on Saturday, the #57 was in fine form on Sunday morning but the expectation of another hard fought race was short lived as Bradley suffered a clutch issue on the sighting lap ruling him out of contention before the race had even begun.
“From the word go I felt pretty good and really comfortable on track. Last year Pitt Race was one of my favourite tracks and to be honest we didn’t really change much in the way of setup from what we had in Atlanta. I struggled with rear end grip in Atlanta and so went a little bit softer on the front to help me with the flip flop section of the track this weekend. It didn’t help me too much even though I was still in Superpole at that time, but we didn’t improve, and I just missed on making it into the top nine. Despite being fourteenth on the grid I was ready to give it everything in the race. Race 1 was decent. I made a great start and was running sixth or seventh for the first lap. A few laps in and I was having a real good scrap. I was able to hang on to the back of Jake Lewis who has led races in Pittsburgh and was riding the new Ducati. I learned a fair bit and was able to finish 0.2s behind him at the flag. We had a small issue which I was sure we could fix for Sunday and the target was the top eight! Sadly, I never got to show what we could do. We had a brand-new clutch but as I set off for the sighting lap the revs went sky high, exactly as it did at Atlanta. Back to the drawing board we go. I am really gutted and hope that we can come back strong in Washington!”