Uramoto finishes his first BSB weekend with points

Published On October 5, 2021 | 2 Wheels, Naomichi Uramoto
Naomichi Uramoto Media Information | 10.05.2021 Naomichi Uramoto’s first race in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) took place at Donington Park. This wildcard entry was with Buildbase Suzuki, the official team for Suzuki in BSB. He stood in for the team’s regular rider, Danny Kent, who was injured earlier in the 2021 season. The historic Donington Park first held its motorcycle race in 1931, and from there on hosted many world championships, including Formula 1, MotoGP, and the World Superbikes. This would Uramoto’s first time to run at this track. There were no testing prior to race week for Uramoto. Uramoto had many things to learn-the racetrack, the characteristics of the bike, and the team. BSB regulations did not allow usage of some electronics that Uramoto was used to, and he needed to adapt quickly during race week. He started out 19th fastest in FP1 on Friday with a lap of 1’32.146. He shaved off 1.2 seconds in FP2 to finish 18th. Although his best time did not improve in FP3, he was able to finish 15th fastest in that session. BSB introduced a new qualifying format this season. The top 12 riders of the combined times on Friday would make Q2 automatically, while other riders needed to start from Q1. The top 6 riders in Q1 advanced to Q2. Uramoto started qualifying from Q1, but finished 8th. He was just 0.070 seconds slower to make the cut for Q2. He qualified 20th for Race 1. Rain started to fall after qualifying, and Race 1 was met with a wet track and a low track temperature. However, Uramoto succeeded in a great start, putting himself to the 11th position after start. He would pass two more riders in front of him by the time he passes the Coppice corner to 9th. However, an unexpected faller hit Uramoto at the Esses, and ended Race 1 without finishing a lap. Best lap times of the previous race would decide the starting grids for the latter races, and because Uramoto did not record a lap in Race 1, he started from the 24th grid in Race 2 on Sunday. Sunny skies, and a warmer track temperature made it a better condition for the riders to race in than Race 1. Uramoto once again showed momentum at start and jumped up to 19th. From there, he would move up a position as he turned laps, and by the time he reached midway, he was battling for 13th position with his fellow Japanese rider, Ryo Mizuno. The duel between the Japanese riders continued until the end of the race, fighting for the 13th position. Uramoto would secure the 13th position with 2 laps to go, and managed to keep that position until finish. This would become his first points in BSB. When the riders took their grids for Race 3 on Sunday afternoon, the track was sunny. But rain started to pour before the green flag, and start was delayed. After the teams changed the tires and the bike to wet settings, the riders went out for a two-lap warm-up laps, but the condition did not allow them to start, forcing an another start delay. This time the riders and the bikes were take back to their pitboxes, but blue skies and the sun came out immediately after. After an another two-lap warm-up laps, the shortened 15-lap race started with sunny skies, but heavy wet track conditions. Starting from the 17th grid, Uramoto once again made a great start, and jumped to 15th. From there he would engage in a battle for 13th. After taking the 13th position in lap 11, Uramoto managed to keep that position, and finished the race once again in the points. Naomichi Uramoto “Although it was good for me to get points in both the wet and the dry, I am not completely satisfied because I crashed in Race 1. Getting used to a bike without electronics I was used to using was the most difficult. The team was very supportive and they were just awesome. I look forward to the next time I race in BSB again. The riders are just great, and I want to beat them in the future!” Results Qualify  20th 1’30.798 Race 1  DNF Race 2  13th Best Lap 1’31.034 Race 3  13th Best Lap 1’51.293