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SHARK RACERS DOMINATE PLAY IN GERMANY, ITALY AND THE ISLE OF MAN

Shark-riders dominated racing this weekend in World Superbikes, MotoGP and at the Manx Grand Prix. Scoring wins and podium positions throughout the various championships, the riders battled through injuries and changing weather conditions.

Nürburgring, World Superbike:-

SBK – Tom Sykes took the second World Superbike race win in atrocious conditions in Germany. The result was Sykes’ first SBK win in two years and he crossed the line four seconds ahead of fellow Shark-man Sylvain Guintoli, giving Shark a 1-2 on the podium. In race one Guintoli finished in sixth, while Sykes just missed out of the top-ten in 11th place.

WSS – Sam Lowes showed the German crowds his determination at the Nürburgring riding through the pain barrier to take third place on the podium. The young-Brit had been dominating practices at the famous circuit on day one and finished the day more than half a second faster than anyone else. Lowes suffered two crashes on Saturday, but managed to start from the front row thanks to his speed. Fabien Foret took pole position for today’s race after setting the fastest time in qualifying. The Shark-rider finished the ninth round of the championship in sixth position.

Misano, MotoGP:-

Moto2 – Stefan Bradl continued his 2011 title campaign in style finishing the race at Misano in second place. In an action packed race the Shark-rider was a main player throughout, battling with Iannone, Redding and eventual winner Marquez. Bradl is holding the championship from Marquez by 23 points.

Fellow Shark-protected Scott Redding produced a brilliant attacking display and led the race until the halfway stage, and equaled his best result of the season finishing in fifth place. Redding judged his start perfectly and rocketed into the top three by the first corner and wasted no time taking the lead. Redding managed to hold his lead until lap 13, where he dropped back after making a small mistake.

125 – Continuing the Shark podium theme, Johann Zarco and Efren Vazquez finished the 23-lap 125cc race in second and third places respectively. Zarco is currently lying second in the championship with just five rounds left of this season.

Manx Grand Prix:-

Shark-supported riders dominated proceedings at the 2011 Manx Grand Prix races. Northern Irelands Andy Brady followed his Manngo.im Junior win by claiming victory in the thrilling senior Manx Grand Prix race – the first time a rider has won both titles since 2006. Fellow Shark-rides Michael Sweeney and Andy Farrell took fourth and fifth places respectively.

Continuing his 2011 racing success Ryan Farquhar took his third victory of the week, and ninth Manx Grand Prix title, adding The Classic Racer Classic Superbike race to the Okells Brewery 500cc Senior Classic and the Motorsport Merchandise 350cc Junior Classic titles he won earlier in the week.

Tom Sykes, SBK: race one: 11th / race two: first: « What a day! My ankle injury from Silverstone was troubling me in the first race and I’ll be totally honest and say it affected my performance as the race went on. In race two, conditions were diabolical and it was a battle to stay upright but I kept things smooth and just kept my concentration. In the end it was the right decision to stop the race and I’m delighted to take my first World Superbike Championship victory and to reward the team for all their hard work. »

Sam Lowes, WSS: third: « I want to apologise to the Parkalgar Honda team for the three crashes I had yesterday. I put them through a lot of work and harmed my own chances of winning by injuring myself. In the race the first five laps were like dying again I felt so bad. Then as the race wore on my injured foot got worse, making changing gear very difficult. I have learnt a lot in the race and everything is alright; it is good to get back on the podium. Now it is on to the next race and to keep learning and progressing. »

Stefan Bradl, Moto2: second: “It was another great battle. At the beginning I lost some time because I had a few slides – I was on the limit with the tyres, so I had to work really hard to get my confidence back. I was quite strong on braking, but during the last few laps the tyres began to go away. I saw Marc going away so I tried hard to close the gap. In the end the best I could do was second.”

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