Matt gets to grips with American monster

Norwich speedster Matt Layt was back on track last weekend as the British Superbike Series moved on to the northwest at the Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park.

Norwich speedster Matt Layt was back on track last weekend as the British Superbike Series moved on to the northwest at the Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park.

It was a busy weekend as Matt was riding in both the Metzeler British Superstock Championship and also the first round of the Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy.

Matt was asked at the last minute to ride the Harley after his sponsor Warren Scott, who was due to compete, broke his arm before the meeting and was therefore unable to race.

Having not ridden the bike before Matt was on a steep learning curve but still managed to qualify in 11th place on the grid.

During the race Matt showed he was quickly getting to grips with the massive American machine to finish in a creditable 8th place.

In the Superstock class Matt returned to the more familiar Formwise/Astro Racing Suzuki GSXR1000 although he found it difficult to find the same rhythm and could only manage to qualify in 30th place out of 55 trying to get a slot on the starting grid.

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The race was run in sunny but blustery conditions and early on Matt found himself pushed back to 35th on the first lap after a poor start getting caught up in a gaggle of riders.

Over the next few laps he settled into a consistent race pace and fought his way up to 25th by three-quarters race distance, clocking his fastest lap of the weekend, when an electrical fault caused the engine to die, leaving him frustrated at the trackside on lap 11.

Matt's team-mate, Midlander Luke Quigley faired better finishing inside the top 10 in ninth position.

The series moves on to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire on May 23 where Matt hopes for better luck.