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The curtain draws on a memorable debut season for Jordan Rushby

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Brands Hatch is one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world and can lay claim to being the busiest race circuit in Europe.

Having undergone a series of major improvements in recent years, the Kent circuit now attracts some of the biggest international events on the calendar.

Ever since starting out as a dirt track motorcycle circuit in 1926, Brands Hatch has been characterised by its natural ampitheatre, with virtually the entire ‘Indy’ configuration visible from the spectator banking and grandstands.

A firm fans’ favourite, Brands Hatch has also witnessed a number of significant moments in history including the epic 2011 MCE BSB title decider.


A Trip to the Doctors 

The weeks leading up to the season finale saw Jordan contract a virus that left him exhausted and requiring antibiotics. The decision was left until the very last minute to decide whether or not to compete. With warm weather testing approaching and the conditions of Brands Set to be mixed and troublesome, thoughts were to ensure Jordan did not put himself at risk in this final round. 

Jordan was very clear in his response. He wanted to give those who supported him so much throughout 2018 one last celebration at this iconic race circuit.  We had recently announced a new partnership with F S C (See Article Here) and with FSC were welcoming a group of our partners along to the final round to see Jordan in action and marvel at how the British Superbike Championship confirms itself as the UK’s leading Motorsport Series. 

The team headed down to set up on Thursday as  usual, Jordan arriving slightly later to give himself additional rest before sitting on his 200hp monster of a superbike. The BMW S1000RR is a truly special Motorbike and with a fairly restricted set of regulations this bike is near standard to be able to compete in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 Class of British Superbikes. 

at Round 12 of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Longfield, England on Saturday 13 October 2018. Photo by David Horn.

With Jordan feeling the strain of an illness it was always going to be a tough ask to push hard on his bike and try to get into the top half of the grid. The Friday practice sessions were in dry settings but with difficulties to breath contained in a race helmet, Jordan did the best he could and, although ending the sessions down the timesheets, he remained in touching distance of the rest of the fields times. A mix of adrenaline and the knowledge that our supporters were sending their best wishes, propelled Jordan onto the time sheets with modesty.

Jordan cut an exhausted figure at Round 12 of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Longfield, England on Saturday 13 October 2018. Photo by David Horn.

Qualifying came round on Saturday very quickly and there was a championship to be won at the front of the field. Jordan had the objective to set a time he felt comfortable with and make the grid for Sundays race. Jordan did just that and would line up on row 13 for the final race of the season.

Jordan RUSHBY (2) of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship in association with Black Horse BMW Alliance Steel Racing team during Qualifying at Round 12 of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Longfield, England on Saturday 13 October 2018. Photo by David Horn.

Regardless of fatigue, Jordan would still open the throttle wide as he exited the corners. The rush of the power from the BMW beneath him stood beyond any medication a GP could offer !!

at Round 12 of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Longfield, England on Saturday 13 October 2018. Photo by David Horn.

Sunday would provide a new dimension to the settings Jordan had been getting used to up until then. The heavens had opened and storm Callum had arrived in the south of the UK. 

Jordan would push on in the race and from P38 on the grid he would witness a number of riders ahead of him succumb to the torrid conditions. In this type of rain with an illness the battle between trying for a result and ending the race under the checked flag would always mean the sensible option of the latter. 

at Round 12 of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Longfield, England on 14 October 2018. Photo by David Horn.

Jordan would have one thought in the testing in just a few weeks time and whilst pushing on he felt the bike twitch on more than one occasion. As the laps ticked off, more and more riders found themselves ending their year in the sand pits and Jordan would eventually find himself 15 positions higher than his starting point ! In 23rd position Jordan would calmly allow the championship challengers past as the Eursosport cameras decided to stay on the colorful and vibrant Rushby for a  few moments, a nice end of TV coverage to allow our sponsors that little extra exposure on National Television.

at Round 12 of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Longfield, England on Saturday 13 October 2018. Photo by David Horn.

With a race finish and an admiral finish position of 23rd the team would pack up for the final time and head back to the North East that very day. 

It has been an incredible year including a season best result in the points at our home circuit of Cadwell Park. We have welcomed some incredible new Sponsors to our project and been able to offer our supporters access to the events with some great competitions we have ran also. Whilst we have not been on the podium week in, week out, like the days in Thundersport GB we do not look back on 2018 with a sad face. This has been a learning year on a calendar full of new race circuits against an incredible grid of elite riders.

We will take everything we can from this year and use the learning to build into 2019 where we plan to return with some tweaks and confidence to aim for a consistent points finish as Jordan’s career in Motorcycling continues to rise. 

Jordan RUSHBY (2) of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship in association with Black Horse BMW Alliance Steel Racing team during Qualifying at Round 12 of the 2018 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Longfield, England on Saturday 13 October 2018. Photo by David Horn.

It goes without saying that without the support of our Sponsors and Fans we would not have achieved the step up into British Superbikes this Year. On behalf of Jordan and the whole team we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and look forward to keeping together as a team into 2019 and beyond !!

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