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After an extended break in the season to account for the major road races taking place at the Isle of Man TT it was good to get back on track at the Snetterton 300 circuit over the weekend. Things started well with Sam quickly getting into the groove in Free Practice, thanks to a track day at the circuit a few weeks earlier. Having shaken off the cobwebs it was on to the first qualifying session.
This first competitive session saw Sam posting some respectable times that were comparable with the previous time out at the Norfolk circuit. The performance of Sam and her Honda Moto3 bike was encouraging and a definite step forward from previous rounds this season. A few set-up changes were made for qualifying two and hopes were high for a good grid position. “The changes we made should have given me more feel at the front end and consequently improve lap times,” says Sam. “However the changes didn’t work out as planned and I struggled in this session and the harder I tried to push the worse it got.”
It was back to the pits for some head scratching before race one, confidence still reasonably high as Sam took her place on the grid. Again, though, this was to be short-lived as a mechanical failure while waiting for the warm up lap meant that Sam’s bike had to be pulled from the grid. The problem was a split radiator that was leaking water onto the track and, for obvious safety reasons, Sam withdrew from the race. Failures like this are frustrating as there is no warning and the bike was perfectly prepared and had run fine all weekend up to that point. The result of this was that Sam would be at the very back of the grid for race two.
Never one to let things get her down Sam was out on Sunday for the second Motostar race. Starting from the back of the grid is never ideal, but she got a great start, making up a few places by the first corner, only to be held up in the first hairpin bend on the circuit after being pushed out wide by other riders who were all jostling for position. Determined to fight back Sam made a move down the outside into the second hairpin to gain some places back, but she ran a little hot into the turn and ran wide. For the rest of the race Sam could do no more than hold station against what was a very strong field of riders.
"Once again it's been a tough weekend, and things aren't working out as I'd hoped for, so far, this year. I would like to thank all my sponsors and everybody who makes my racing possible, I am looking forward to Knockhill and the opportunity to turn things around."