If not for a crash while main at Silverstone, Ray might have been taking a look at a begin to the 2022 BSB season the place three wins and one other three podiums was a definite risk.
But even with the error on the season opener, Ray has now taken over the championship lead from Glenn Irwin after a dominant efficiency at Oulton Park.
Fastest in Friday apply with a brand new lap document, Ray’s weekend solely bought higher after successful race one – his first win in 4 years.
The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider then took victory in race two, earlier than trying like a hat-trick was on the playing cards.
However, a problem along with his proper arm led to Ray struggling to maintain the identical tempo that helped him construct a 2.5 second lead, as an alternative Tommy Bridewell and Lee Jackson closed in, and with it Ray’s try at successful £50.000 was in actual hazard.
For any rider that might full a hat-trick of wins at Oulton Park and Doningon (Ray’s first two BSB wins got here at Donington), £50.000 in prize cash was to be awarded.
But after shedding the result in Bridewell, Jackson got here by way of with rapid impact earlier than occurring to dominant the ultimate 5 laps.
Nevertheless, it’s by far Ray’s most constant begin to a season, and one which’s clearly positioned him as an early season favorite.
“It has been a great weekend for us and it feels good to leave with the championship lead,” stated Ray. “The last race was difficult; I tried to put in as many fast laps as I could and pulled a gap but I struggled a bit in the latter part of the race. I tried everything I could but I just couldn’t hold the gap.
“I gave it every part and Lee had unbelievable tempo on the finish of the race so congratulations to him. I used to be completely happy to have one other podium, it wasn’t one other win nevertheless it has been a superb weekend for me.
“I’m happy going to any track now with the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha and I am feeling good in myself, so I am looking forward to a reboot and be ready to go again at Donington Park.”
Kawasaki again within the groove after first BSB win since August 2019
While it was a breakthrough weekend when it comes to rediscovering his successful contact for Ray, FS-3 Kawasaki rider Jackson additionally clinched his maiden BSB win.
A victory that was a very long time coming for Jackson, the British rider had been outshone for a lot of the opening two rounds by youthful team-mate Rory Skinner, nevertheless, when it mattered most Jackson discovered unrelenting tempo so as to streak clear.
Before doing so, even Jackson felt a victory was inconceivable after initially struggling within the early laps, however as soon as Bridewell got here by way of, the Ducati rider served as considerably of a benchmark as Jackson quickly discovered the sensation wanted aboard his ZX10-RR.
Jackson added: “The race for me started a bit slow and I didn’t actually feel that great. I struggled to get into a comfortable rhythm as the pace was really fast. Once Tommy Bridewell passed me I found the rhythm I needed straight away and gave me that edge to get to the front.
“Tommy did numerous the onerous work chasing Brad down and as quickly as we bought to him, I noticed that the tempo had dropped. I knew I had the tempo so I simply made the passes as quickly as I might because the laps have been counting down and I knew I needed to try to break him.
“I tried to relax on the last lap and we have worked hard as a team to get this win today. I work hard and I am my own biggest critic and I feel like I am good enough now. I want to keep this ball rolling now so maybe a cheeky cider and a McDonalds to celebrate tonight!
“We have gotten the bike working properly now and shifting to Donington Park, I really feel like we’ll nonetheless have the tempo to have one other good weekend there.”