Bradley Ray

 

Round 11 - Assen

Bradley Ray suffered a difficult weekend at Assen, despite heading to the iconic Dutch circuit with confidence following success in 2017. The Buildbase Suzuki star had a tricky qualifying which saw him finish back on the 6th row in 16th place.

Eager to bounce back in front of the huge Assen crowd, Ray put on a dazzling display in Race Two, fighting for a top 10 position, and succeeding, finishing 7th all the way from 18th on the grid. Unfortunately, Ray can no longer fight for the title in the British Superbike Championship 2018, however he can still finish as championship runner-up should results go his way.

Round Ten - Oulton Park

Bradley Ray enjoyed a challenging Oulton Park weekend on his return to the Cheshire circuit. Ray had happy memories of the track after achieving his first British Superbike podium there in 2017 but unfortunately, the 2018 round in September was not quite as fruitful. In ever-changing weather conditions that plagued all the riders across the weekend, Brad was fighting hard and was quick in qualifying before the session was red-flagged and was only able to manage a 7th place start at the head of row three.

A fast start in Race One saw Ray climb the order and battle with Tarran Mackenzie before an incredible front end moment sent Brad into the gravel at the final corner. Ray kept the bike upright and was able to finish in 11th place, ahead of title rival Glenn Irwin whilst other championship contender Josh Brookes crashed out. Unfortunately, Brad would be caught out in the patchy Race Two conditions, crashing hard at turn one of the Oulton Park circuit, having slipped to the fringes of the top 10. Brad is now 80 points behind Leon Haslam and must make up at least five points on the Kawasaki rider at Assen if he is to stand any chance of championship success. Fellow Kent rider Jake Dixon is Haslam’s nearest rival, just 31 points behind.

“It’s been a struggle since free practice one and all through the weekend. We found a little bit of good performance in the rain but in Race One when it was soaking, we just lacked something. I nursed the bike home and made points where other title candidates failed to do so or didn’t score as many. Race Two was another struggle from the start and I just pushed too hard at turn one, tucked the front end and went down. It’s been a good season nonetheless and the team have been good, we’ve just got to move forward and look at Assen at trying to bag a good result and move on from there."

Round Nine - Silverstone

Bradley Ray secured a minimum top six finish in the British Superbike Championship with a consolidating weekend at Silverstone, Northamptonshire. The weekend started off well for the young British hopeful, securing pole position and establishing a new qualifying lap record at the same time. Unfortunately, during the first race Ray crashed and failed to score, but 11 points across the two remaining races bagged him a place in the Showdown.

“We had great bike setup from the first day and had good pace in all the practice sessions and qualifying. Setting pole for Race One was great, as a good start from the off is really important here but after that it was all a bit mixed.  Falling in Race One while in the lead was my mistake so I decided for the next two races to just go for points and make sure of a Showdown place.  Even that was not easy with incidents in both, where I was nearly punted off the circuit by another rider and had a bike problem in the other, but we are there in the Showdown anyway which was my main aim for the weekend.”

Round Five - Knockhill

Bradley Ray continued to add to his tally of points in the fifth round of the BSB championship at Knockhill, as the series headed to the Kingdom of Fife for the only Scottish round of the year. Whilst results were once again mixed for Brad, the ‘Kid from Lydd’ did not do his Showdown chances any harm, scoring more points in the weekend than Josh Brookes, Jason O’Halloran and Dan Linfoot to edge closer to securing his place in the top six.

Having qualified back on row three for Race One, the Donington Park double winner steamed into fifth place and held the pace of the leading group ahead of him, at times looking like he could pass those ahead. However, in the closing stages, the leading trio of Kawasaki riders broke clear, with Glenn Irwin on his Ducati a safe fourth. Brad was fifth and back in the top five for the first time since Race One at Oulton Park.

In Race Two, Brad was looking much stronger, challenging Jake Dixon at the front of the field, however bad luck struck when a stone pierced the radiator, sending the bike’s temperature well over 100 degrees celsius. Brad nursed the bike round the tight and twisty Knockhill circuit but eventually retired. He is now third in the standings, 32 points ahead of seventh place man Josh Brookes in the all-important battle for a top six position.

“I think I can say that Knockhill is one of my favourite circuits! It's good fun to ride, especially when you're at the front. In the first race, I bagged some solid points, which were much-needed after the Snetterton round. However, in Race Two, our luck wasn’t in and I was forced to retire the bike after a stone went through the radiator. It's a shame, as I felt comfortable in the leading group and to be running Jake Dixon’s pace at Knockhill is quite good! We'll look to bounce back at Brands Hatch and in all honesty, we're still well within the Showdown at the moment."

World Superbike Meeting - Donington Park

Bradley Ray’s wildcard performance at the Donington Park World Superbike meeting was nothing short of spectacular, out-qualifying former series runner-up Marco Melandri and scoring points in both races with 14th and 15th place finishes.

“It was an interesting weekend. We showed up to a good event and had good pace throughout both races, considering the machinery we were up against. I’m not going to lie, it was a bit difficult on our BSB-spec bike with the WSBK-spec bikes around us. However, we were there to learn and develop our package so we can be better for Snetterton."

"If we had a WSBK-spec bike at Donington Park, I don’t think we would’ve been too far off of the front guys but it's annoying to think ‘what could be’. We have great confidence in the team now, putting us in good stead for the remainder of the BSB year.”

Round Three - Oulton Park

Bradley Ray enjoyed another solid weekend in the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, with a 4th and 7th, placing him 2nd in the Championship.

“The weekend has been alright. If you had said last year that we would get a 4th and 7th from the weekend at Oulton Park then I'd be over the moon, but it is a little bit different with the results we have started the year with. We pushed to our maximum all weekend and in all honesty, still came away with good, strong points. Maybe I could have pushed on and stayed with the leaders but I probably would've crashed; the front end feeling hasn't been there this weekend. We will keep improving and come out fighting at Snetterton!”

Round Two - Brands Hatch Indy

Bradley Ray maintained his British Superbike Championship lead with a solid point-scoring weekend at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Fawkham, Kent. The Buildbase Suzuki rider started both races from pole position, leading race one until a small mistake gave Shane Byrne the advantage with just two laps to go. In race two, the 20-year-old sensation led until the race was stopped due to rain, finishing a hard-earned and solid seventh after the restart.

“It is good to know we have the pace, it is nice to say that, ‘we are here for the season’ and that we were not just a one-off at Donington Park because of the weather and because of ‘round one’. For me and the team it is quite a big confidence boost. We are here to stay and we have some good pace for the year.”

Round One - Donington Park

Bradley Ray got off to a flying start in his second British Superbike season, achieving two wins on the opening weekend. The 20-year-old produced a stunning performance in race one, moving to the front on lap six and fending off strong pushes from James Ellison and Shane Byrne on a tense final circuit.

In the second race, Ray led from start to finish, holding off pressure from defending champion Shane Byrne and JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider Leon Haslam to top the podium for a second time.

 
 

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Career history

CHAMPIONSHIP / SERIES

YEAR POSITION

British Superbike Championship

2017 11th

British Supersport Championship

2016 3rd

National Superstock 600 Championship

2015 13th

Red Bull Rookies Cup / British Motostar Championship

2014 4th / 11th

Red Bull Rookies Cup / British Motostar Championship

2013 11th / 15th

Red Bull Rookies Cup / British Motostar Championship

2012 7th / 2nd

British 125 Championship

2011 5th
 
 

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