Bradley Ward On The Pace At Pitt Race
Bradley Ward was back in action and on the pace at Pittsburgh International Race Complex this past weekend in the latest round of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.
Qualifying on the third row of the grid, the #57 rider rode superbly in Saturday’s opening race, crossing the line in seventh. He was running strongly on Sunday before a small mistake saw him run off track and failing to finish.
Despite Sunday’s DNF, Bradley’s speed in the last two races, following his crash last season has been impressive and he heads to the penultimate round of the series in New Jersey in a few weeks confident of another good showing.
“After my racing return in Brainerd where I struggled a lot with a bad blister, I have been battling an infection on antibiotics to try to be ready for Pittsburgh. I didn’t know if I would be able to ride. It’s not like me to moan about a bit pain given what’s happened to me in the last twelve months, but it wasn’t pleasant. I did a bit of home surgery and cut the infection out and we were good to go. We made some changes to make me more comfortable on the bike. The first session was decent, and we weren’t too far from where we were. I was happy to be honest. I managed to find a bit more time in Q2 when we put the qualifying tyre in and was able to make my best lap time at Pitt Race. I made a good start in Race 1 and was running inside the top ten and not too far behind Jake Lewis who is always a good benchmark. I enjoyed the race and was able to finish P7 which was my career best result to boot. We didn’t make too many changes for Sunday’s race, but I pushed a bit too hard and went down. I was carrying a bit more speed and lost the front. It wasn’t the way I wanted to end the weekend, but you must take the highs with the lows. It was my first crash since the big one last year so at least that’s out of the way and I can go to New Jersey confident.”