Rollo’s First Taste of the World Stage

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Gifford star Lewis Rollo played support to the world stage this past weekend at the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championship.

The teenager from East Lothian, Scotland started the weekend off well in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 finishing fifth in free practice one.

The momentum didn’t stop there with Rollo sticking the Kawasaki ZX6R on pole if only briefly until his bike ran out of fuel and dropped him back to ninth in qualifying.

“The weekend started of good finishing fifth in free practice” explain Rollo “On Saturday for qualifying it started off good with me it on pole. But then my bike ran out of fuel towards the end of the session and I dropped back to ninth on the grid. On Sunday the start of the race went amazing going from 9th to 2nd on the first lap and I was fighting for the lead from the start of the race. Four of us managed to brake away and battle the full way through the race. On the second to last lap another rider ran went wide so I went up the inside to take the lead but he came in on me and we both unfortunately went down. It wasn’t the way I wanted to end my first World Superbike round but it is racing and I was up the front fighting for the win. We know we can run at the front yet again and I also managed to set the fastest lap of the race which is a real positive. So close but yet so far!”

Lewis’ next race will be on home turf, the Scottish round of the MCE British Superbike series at Knockhill on June 24th – 26th.

Photo Credit: Jim Rogerson