A Great Opening Weekend for Sam Osborne at Donington

This season's first event was declared "a great success" by our sponsored rider, Sam Osborne. After an excellent early season practice and with some key modifications to his Suzuki, including the addition of suspension components by the leading Italian manufacturer Mupo, Sam was confident that he could compete on equal terms with the leading riders in the field at the season's opening race day at Donington.

Qualifying

Ready to go on wet tyres, Sam heard that the racing line was drying fast so he took a chance and decided to change the rear tyre for a cut slick. The result? A very creditable 12th.

Racing

In the first race, Sam started off the line pretty well though dropped back to 20th, before patiently making his way through the field to finish 15th overall and a brilliant 2nd in class.

Sam started Race two from 17th on the grid so there was much work to do. He moved up to 9th with a good start but dropped back to 17th, finishing 3rd in class.

Before Race three, Sam made some adjustments to the foot rest positions and suspension settings and it seemed the bike was doing everything he wanted it to do. Unfortunately, three laps into the race he “lost” the front and ended up with a “did not finish” but thankfully with no harm to Sam or his bike.

“Overall it was a great weekend", says Sam. "The bike has so much potential and I can't wait to see what the future brings. After riding with the Mupo suspension for the first time I'm really impressed. It gives so much feedback it's unreal. We felt the back squatting as I put the power on so we adjusted the pre load and it was like a different bike. I can't wait for Oulton Park now!"

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Sam's Journey

You can keep track of Sam's journey on our regularly-updated blog. Here are some of the highlights so far:

Our Sponsored Rider Sam Osborne is Back in the Saddle... and with a New Bike!
Sam Plans a Racing Return in Time for Next Season
Sam’s Snetterton Weekend Begins Well But Ends With A Spill
Sam shows his fighting spirit on race weekend number two
Brilliant Start to the Season by Lane Motorsport’s Sam Osborne
Lane Motorsport To Sponsor Promising Bike Racer