Australian wildcard Glen Richards has qualified on the front row of the grid ahead of the World Supersport race at the Donington Park round of the WSBK season.
|Richards will start from the front row at Donington
Photo: Smiths Racing
Riding for the Smiths Triumph, Richards will be riding in the European round for the second year in succession, and will be using the weekend to try and improve his new bike. The Australian jumped up into fourth position in qualifying with just four minutes of the session remaining which was followed by a lap of 1.31.100 to put him on the front row.
Despite crashing on his cool down lap which resulted in the 39 year old needing an X-ray on his arm, Richards is ready to race at the front in tomorrows race. Speaking to PaddockChatter after getting the all-clear from the medical centre, Richards said: “To be honest, we’re using this weekend as a sort of test because we’ve been struggling to get the new bike up to speed. The boys have been working really hard on the engine, trying to get some more power out of it and it’s definitely better, we’ve taken a big step forward with it. We’ve got new cams and some other bits that we’ve been working on back at base, so we thought we should come and try it here. The biggest thing is still my riding as I haven’t been confident with the bike I’ve had underneath me. However, today has gone very very well and we’ve ended up on the front row, so I’m really happy about that. I was a bit unfortunate with my crash on the in lap coming back to the pits; people everywhere were trying to stay out of each other’s way and I had someone trying to tow me on my in lap. Then I rode on the inside of the track, crashed and he ran me over. So it was a terrible way to end the day. It’s comical now but it wasn’t at the time, I was really angry. But I’m in one piece. Although, seeing as he ran over my arm I had to get an x-ray but it’s just a bit swollen. So I’m not brand new anymore but I’ll give it a go tomorrow and see what happens!”