It’s fair to say that Scott Carson, one of our ever-cheerful Service Technicians, has had a pretty phenomenal year in his debut season racing with Bemsee in the Yamaha Past Masters championship. After a very competitive start to the season, he went on to take the rookie championship and also took his first wins in the main class too at a soaking wet Brands Hatch Indy last month.
With one hand on the rookie title coming into the last round, Carson was ready to put it all on the line for the chance to take it all home in his debut season racing. And, that’s exactly what he did…
“I had a good practice run on Friday in the dry and decided to run some new tyres to see how I’d get on. It ended up being pretty good and I was on pace in the hot and dry conditions” Scott enthusiastically remembers.
“Saturday was a bit different, I qualified on pole and then it absolutely bucketed it down – properly bucketing it down too, rain was bouncing off the floor! It turned out pretty good though; I ended up winning the race by 10 seconds and took my first win of the year in the main class.”
It’s an impressive feat, not only winning the rookie championship in his debut year, but also beating veteran riders in an extremely competitive class to win the main race, Scott’s weekend was far from over though, with the second race of the weekend providing its fair share of challenges despite his championship being in the bag.
“It was all going well until the warm-up lap when my mate caught my handlebar and took me off, it looked like I wasn’t even going to make it to the start line! Luckily though, somebody else had leaked oil on Paddock Hill and while the marshals cleared it up, it gave me a chance to get the bike repaired for the main race.
“It’s quite a sight when you see your dad, brother and brother-in-law turn your bike upside down to shake the kitty-litter gravel out.
“We managed to sort it in time for the restart though and, starting from third on the grid, I managed to pip the leader, Andy for the overall win again for the second time that weekend and I secured the rookie championship too!”
Riding on the back Saturday’s successes and wet weather, Sunday brought with it dry conditions with glorious sunshine, but the nicer weather came with its own challenges…
“I didn’t get a good start in the first race on Sunday and battled through to come sixth in the end. I’d made a pretty big rookie error and left my suspension set up for the wet. It meant that I couldn’t get the power down in the same way.
“It also meant that I wasn’t able to make the most of the new tyres and test them properly too. I got it all sorted for the second race though, put the suspension back to normal and got a fourth in the final race of the weekend.”
It’s been a fantastic year for Scott, he’s surpassed all his previous expectations, winning races in the main category and ultimately taking the championship win in the rookie class by a considerable margin.
“It’s been brilliant! I couldn’t have asked for any more this year. There’s been so much help from Bemsee and the guys from the Yamaha Past Masters side of things too. It’s been incredible to not only win the rookie championship, but also coming fifth in the overall standings was something I wasn’t expecting at the start of the year at all.
“I’d really like to send my thanks to Stuart, Lee and Dan Anthony and all the guys down at Bridge who really helped me out this year, my friends and family of course too, JFK Flooring, Adam at Noath Engineering and the guys at HJC and Oxford products too.
“I really can’t believe how this year has gone overall and I’m looking forward to next year already and just want to keep improving now.”