Saturday at Silverstone turned out to be a challenge for Tom and the Bike Devil Racing team.

In FP2 Tom and his mechanics made several changes to the bike, but it seemed to be the wrong way to go. The decision was made to go back to the initial settings ahead of the qualifying session. Tom qualified in 19th place with a lap time of 54.308, only a second off of the pole position time.

A compromise was found for the race setup, but Tom didn’t make a good start and soon found himself being sucked back in the pack. Although the bike felt good, Tom had to fight for position throughout the first half of the race. For the last ten laps Tom began to suffer from tyre degradation, making it difficult to maintain the positions that he had gained.

Despite the tyre problems, Tom brought the bike home in 18th place. The team will now prepare for tomorrow’s races, making further setup changes in a bid to reduce tyre wear over the race distance.

Tom said “It has been a hectic day for the team and me. We’ve been trying lots of different settings, looking for the sweet spot that will give us tyre life and front end feel. Hopefully, we have a solution for Sunday, and I’m looking forward to showing everyone what I can do on the superbike!”