This weekend SHARK’s supported riders were in action at Silverstone as the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike Championship took place at and it was a successful weekend with one SHARK Champion crowned. Meanwhile the World Superbike Championship continued with the 12th round at Magny-Cours in France.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, SHARK’s Josh Elliott was crowed Champion with one round still to go. Starting from pole the Morello Kawasaki rider crossed the line in second place, just 0.060secs behind the race leader, but had done enough to secure the championship. Jesse Trayer finished eighth and Ben Godfrey was ninth.
The Motostar 125GP class saw 2015 Champion Josh Owens take both race wins, after taking the championship title at Oulton Park.
In the British Superbike class it was a positive outing for Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson who finished race one 11th and came home in the top-ten in race two finishing ninth. Former Endurance World Champion and SHARK’s Julien Da Costa joined the Honda Racing team for the weekend, replacing injured rider Jason O’Halloran, and enjoyed two-top-20 finishes in 17th and 15th places.
Danny Buchan was thrown a last minute lifeline by the PBM Kawasaki team, after the news that the Be Wiser Kawasaki team were withdrawing from the championship. The 22-year-old BSB rookie stepped in to replace injured Stuart Easton and although didn’t finish race one after crashing out, unhurt, he finished race two in the points in 14th place.
SHARK’s British Supersport riders enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten with Kyle Ryde finishing both the sprint and Sunday’s race in fifth places, Joe Francis continued to impress – standing in for the team’s injured rider Andy Reid – securing two eighth places and Luke Hedger finished ninth and sixth.
It was drama in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class as Jordan Weaving tipped off while battling for the lead at Coppice with two laps to go. Tom Ward took third place, his best result of the season.
Meanwhile in the Ducati Tri Options Cup it was top-ten finishes all round for Darren Fry who came home seventh and fifth and Aaron Brown finished tenth and eighth.
The KTM Cup incorporated the KTM Cup World Final at the weekend, which saw young rising star Thomas Strudwick take the top step in the UK contingent in race one, after returning from injury. However in race two he crashed out, unhurt. Kevin Keys took the UK win in race two and secured second place in the overall championship. Chris Taylor claimed third in the standings and Strudwick fourth.
The final round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place on 16-18 October with a triple-header event at Brands Hatch.
Meanwhile in Magny-Cours, France the SBK championship continued, which saw Pata Honda’s Sylvain Guintoli secure his first podium of the year finishing race one in third place. After a strong start in race two, Guintoli settled into sixth place and came home for a solid points haul.
Fellow SHARK-man Tom Sykes also enjoyed a successful weekend. In race one after starting from ninth on the grid he made his way through the group to claim second place. In race two Sykes took his 13th podium of the year finishing third – he now has 367 championship points in third place, just 16 points behind second placed rider Chaz Davies.
Meanwhile Suzuki team-mates Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet had a mixed weekend. Lowes had two-top-ten finishes in eighth and tenth places, while de Puniet crashed out, unhurt, in race one and finished race two 18th.
The final round of the World Superbike Championship takes place 16-18 October at the Losail circuit in Qatar.