Brilliant Start to the Season by Lane Motorsport’s Sam Osborne


A first in class, a second in class and two top ten finishes overall represents a fantastic start to the 2016 season by our sponsored Thundersport 600 Sportsman competitor Sam Osborne. 24-year-old Sam, who rides for the leading tuning and racing team MSG Racing, modestly described the first race weekend of the season at Brands Hatch as a “testing weekend with extreme conditions... but I am very happy to get my first win of the season and put some points on the board”.

Out of the three races over the weekend, Sam crashed out of the first and was thankfully unhurt. In race two he was second in class, and eighth overall and won his class in race three coming sixth overall. Sam raced alongside Thundersport 600 Elite riders scoring points in his own class as well as points in the 600 Elite Championship for his top ten finishes.


After a practice day on Friday March 4th in cold, dry and sometimes sunny conditions, Sam had what he described as a steady successful day. However, typical of our British weather, Saturday dawned with rain, sleet and very cold conditions making qualifying and then racing a very different proposition to the previous day’s practice.

In qualifying, Sam finished second, one of only two riders to go under the one minute mark and was all set for race one. After starting on the front row and leading the way, Sam crashed out but was unhurt and his Suzuki GSX-R 600 was also virtually undamaged.


On Sunday, the weather was dry but still bitterly cold. Starting second, Sam battled hard with fellow Sportsman class riders Charlie Morris and Brendan Mallinder, getting narrowly beaten by Brendan Mallinder – margin of just 0.016 of a second! Sam finished 8th overall and 2nd in class.

In race two on Sunday and again starting 2nd on the grid, Sam got off to a better start holding 2nd place in the first part of the race and then finishing in 6th place overall with a brilliant win the Sportsman class.


Lane Motorsport

Lane Electronics established a Motorsport Division around three years ago to offer high performance electronic connector solutions for multiple applications across racing platforms including cars, bikes and boats at all levels of the sport. Lane Motorsport products are used extensively in bike racing. Lane Motorsport offers the latest circular connectors from Souriau’s 8STA Series along with an increasingly wide range of accessories from HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics. This allows Lane Motorsport to offer a comprehensive motorsport interconnection solution which is available to specify and purchase online.

If you have any questions about our motorsport connectors or any of our other connector products or services, please email sales@fclane.com or call us on +44 (0)1403 790661. Alternatively, you could always try and catch us at an upcoming trade show.

Photos by Glyns Photos, Alan's Photography, Jamie Reeves Photography, Kent Bad Boyz Photography.