Motor-racing is a never-ending story of highs and lows, but few riders in the ASBK fraternity have ridden the sort of emotional rollercoaster experienced by Motorsports TV Supersport rider Ty Lynch in 2019.
The South Australian embarked upon his second season in the Supersport category, and it started promisingly enough – he showed encouraging speed aboard his Russell Phillips Motorsport-run Yamaha on his way to seventh overall in the season-opener at Phillip Island.
Things started to unravel in the second round at Wakefield Park, when Lynch crashed and sustained an ankle injury.
But there was worse to come before Round 3 at The Bend; Lynch suffered another crash, but this time it was while he was engaged in one of his other favourite activities – coaching for motocross riders.
“It was a huge crash, and it was only two weeks before The Bend… unfortunately, I sustained some more injuries and wasn’t able to race,” Lynch recalled.
“In the end though, it was probably lucky we weren’t racing at The Bend, because Russell Phillips’ brother Allan, who was one of our mechanics, died on the Sunday of the event and it would have put a real downer on the weekend.”
It was the lowest point in Lynch’s season, but he and his team were not to be discouraged.
“We gathered ourselves together, and on the Monday after The Bend, I had the pins removed from my ankle from the Wakefield Park crash,” he said.
“The next round was at Morgan Park, and it wasn’t a great weekend – it was my first time on the bike since Wakefield, and I struggled to come to terms with it.”
But while the Morgan Park event may not have yielded sensational results, Lynch said it gave him a clear direction for improvement.
“After Morgan Park, I was able to clearly identify what I needed to work on, not just in terms of my personal fitness, but also with the bike,” Lynch said.
And so he and the team headed to Winton, where their determination and perseverance were rewarded with a podium finish, Lynch finishing third for the round.
“The lead-up to Winton was very positive – I had done some good fitness training and I also scored a couple of podiums at a long-track event in Mildura in the lead-up to the round,” Lynch said.
“When I arrived at Winton, I felt comfortable on the bike straight away, and the podium result was sensational – it was a big confidence booster, and has really motivated everyone in the team to keep pushing.”
Lynch has credited experienced rider Jed Metcher for his recent upturn in form.
“Jed has been coming to the events, helping set up the bike and also acting as a mentor and coach for me,” Lynch said.
“That kind of support has been very handy for me, especially seeing as its only my second year on the 600cc motorcycle.”
Heading back to Phillip Island, Lynch is confident he can continue his momentum.
“I felt comfortable at Phillip Island earlier in the year, and both the bike and I have improved since then,” he said. “The flow of the track suits my riding style, and I think the last round at Sydney Motorsport Park will be similar as well. We want to consolidate over these last two rounds, be productive and make sure we can put everything we learn into practice for 2020.”