• 2021 MSV Season Passes
  • MSV Trackdays
  • YoungDrive at Snetterton
Cooperman: Moving on up in MCE BSB

Thursday, May 15 2014

2014 has seen new teams on the block when it comes to the MCE British Superbike Championship and the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki team have been taking on the established guard with Richard Cooper already pushing towards the top five.

Three days of pre-season testing gave the former Supersport contender the chance get to grips again with the new Superbike and Cooper believes that his previous experiences have paid off as he got his head down and quickly adapted to the Kawasaki.

"Pre- season testing went really well," reflected Cooper. "I wanted to just get the first round boxed off with some good points and go from there. As a rider I always set myself really high goals and I think we have exceeded the team's initial expectations for the first races, for example making it through to Q3 at both rounds and finishing in the top ten. I know you need to tame the Superbike and I think I have ridden for long enough where it doesn't faze me. I am proud of what we have achieved so far since making the transition to BSB."

The Brands Hatch opener proved that Cooper isn't afraid to really mix it with the pack and an eighth place, which he then improved on at Oulton Park to claim seventh, is just the start according to the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki rider.

"I think we have done a good job in the races and to finish eighth and fifteenth at Brands Hatch I was a bit disappointed, but then afterwards everyone said it was a good result," added Cooper. "At Oulton Park we started making adjustments and we took big strides forward and that gave me even more confidence.  Oulton Park is one of the most demanding circuits we race at, so I was a bit surprised with how quickly we were able to run ahead of some of the more established teams."

So what is the target now for Cooper as the team utilise the month's break before Snetterton (13-15 June) to repair the Superbike after his race two crash at Oulton Park?

"At the moment I am looking at Dan Linfoot, James Westmoreland and Chris Walker as my targets and so far we have been having some good battles," said Cooper. "We were unlucky with the crash in the second race at Oulton Park as we didn't deserve that as it did a lot of damage. I want to equal or better our results at Snetterton. I don't look at the Showdown or anything like that, but who knows, there is nothing to say that when it comes to it we can't scrape in if we can carry on the way we have been."

Weekend tickets for the MCE British Superbike round are available now from just £33 for all three days; kids under 13 go free! To book tickets now call 0843 453 9000 or click here.