Team Ice valley by Mortorsave trade BMW Race team returned from the 2012 Macau grand prix today with a 3rd place trophy. Rider, Simon Andrews who was still recovering from severe injuries sustained this years Isle of man TT rode a hard fought race on his superstock BMW machine to hold off a large field of more powerful superbikes.
Tragic accidents, rain and a shortened qualifying session due to fading light saw Simon qualify 7th on the grid having not been able to take advantage of the qualifying tyre which left him on the front of the 3rd row. Branko went from top ten in practise to 15th on the grid due to bad light in qualifying.
A good start put Simon into 4 th place behind Johnson, Rutter and John McGuiness going into the famous Lisboa corner, some brave moves saw all the riders swap places in the first few laps before Rutter took the lead with Andrews briefly in second place. Martin Jessup’s Superbike Ducati showed its horsepower as it out dragged Simons super stock bike down the long straight. The positions of Rutter, Jessop and Andrews stayed the same throughout therest of the race with Simon clinching a very well deserved 3rd place which gave him the loudest cheer on the podium . Simon said ” I had to ring this kittens neck to get her out of the corners quicker
Team Boss, owner/Manager Paul Shoesmith said: Watching the race I was so nervous and alsorts of emotions and senarios were running through my mind, sharing a room with Simon gave us plenty of time to talk about the race results, I knew Simon could do this but was unsure his fitness due to recent injury would allow him to keep the pace he did, I had him down for a 3rd place qual and 3rd place finish but when he actally got the 3rd place I wasnt prepared for it and was leaping around like a lunatic regardless of my broken back and pelvis. 2nd rider and my replacment due to my recent pelvis injury Branko Srdanov came in with a firm 13th place so all in all I’m extatic with the performance from my team, Simon and Branko
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