Jesse Trayler ended his Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship campaign on a high with a hard-fought top five finish at the Brands Hatch season finale.
At his home round of the season the Colchester Kawasaki team had a tough start to the weekend, with changing conditions making it difficult to perfect the right set up. However a determined performance in qualifying saw him move up the order, but would start on the fourth row of the grid.
In the race Trayler pushed hard to carve his way through the pack and with a battling performance he had moved through to seventh and with some of his rivals crashing out on the final lap he moved to fifth to celebrate a strong finish to the season.
Trayler said: “The first day on track for free practice was very difficult with the tricky conditions, I am usually comfortable with wet weather riding but it just didn't happen. We had a few problems and we were way down the order after Q1! Luckily we got almost a dry Q2 on Saturday and I found a bit of form and we were twelfth on the grid, which was frustrating but much better compared to the day before!
“Typically in the last round of the year after good starts in all the races, I got a poor one! I didn't really make any places up off the line but I managed to pass a few riders throughout the race and make a few positions up. I had a feeling there was going to be a few crashes throughout the race due to the tricky conditions and the fact everyone would be going hammer and tong since it was the last one of the year. I happened to be right and made a few more places to pip fifth from seventh on the last lap due to a few riders misfortunes and crashing out.
“It was a good recovery from twelfth on the grid and considering how poor the weekend started off for me it was a relief!
“I'd like to say a huge thank you to my dad for all his hard work this year, it's been just me and him at the track all season getting the job done and he has done a sterling job. A massive thank you to Nick Morgan at MSS Performance for building me a lovely ZX10r which has to be the best bike I've ever ridden, and also to Colchester Kawasaki for their involvement.
"Also a big thank you to my sponsors for making this year happen on which has been a tricky on our budget! They include Leonard Brooks, Colin Sweeney, Linxcel, Held leathers and Shark helmets.”