The fifth round of the British Superbike Championship continued from Knockhill, Scotland yesterday. SHARK’s riders had a successful weekend, winning two classes and collecting valuable championship points over the event.
In the British Superbike class, Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) celebrated his second win of the season in race two. Qualifying on the front row, the SHARK-man finished the opening race on the podium in third, and stormed to victory in the second race. Fellow SHARK-supported riders racked up valuable points between them. Graeme Gowland and Alex Lowes were in eighth and ninth respectively in race one, while in race two, James Westmoreland crossed the finish in a well-deserved fifth place, with Lowes, Gowland and Ian Lowry behind in eighth, ninth and tenth.
Meanwhile, Kyle Ryde (Metmachex SHR Wilson Craig Honda) gave SHARK another win of the day in the Monster Energy British Motostar class. Ryde is sitting second in the overall championship, with four SHARK-supported riders in the ranks behind him Ryan Watson third, Jordan Weaving fourth, Bradley Ray fifth and Joe Francis sixth.
The Metzeler National Superstock 1000 race saw another podium finish for SHARK-man Victor Cox (ILR Kawasaki) who finished third. Hot on Cox’s heels was Australian David Johnson (Carbonteck Racing) in fourth place. The Metzeler National Superstock 600 class saw SHARK’s riders James Rose (Moto-Breakers) and Lee Jackson (Chris Walker Race School) finish fourth and ninth, Rose sits second in the overall championship.
The Motorpoint British Supersport race left last year’s runner-up and SHARK-man Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) fifth in the championship, after coming home in 11th and fourth.
The next round of the British Championship is at Oulton Park on 6-8 July. MotoGP, Assen and World Superbikes at Aragon will take place this weekend.
Meanwhile on the roads, Ryan Farquhar (KMR Kawasaki) once again dominated a race meeting winning five Irish National road races in one day, at Saturday’s Bush meeting. Victorious in every race he started, 125cc/450cc, Supersport, Supertwins, Superbike, and the Grand Final, Farquhar now sits on 26 race wins this season.
Michael Laverty: After Snetterton there were a few people that said my win would be a one off and wrote me off, but this weekend proved that we can be up fighting for the title too. I knew that the races were going to be tough today and Tommy and Shakey upped the pace again and I was pushing really hard. There were areas where we had a concertina effect where one of us was faster than the other but overall our lap times were very similar. I thought maybe on the last lap we could have had a sniff at Tommy in race one but I didn’t want us to tangle. I wasn’t overly dissatisfied with the first race but we made some changes that gave me more confidence in the front for the second one. I made some early passes and then controlled it from the front and it worked out perfectly. Our championship is really back on track now so we are looking forward to Oulton Park.
Ryan Farquhar: It’s been another great day for me and the team and although conditions were again tricky, the club did a good job in getting every race run so to come away with five more wins is superb. The weather was very up and down, a bit like last weekend’s Mid Antrim meeting and so I opted to ride my 600 in the two big bike races as it was a lot more manageable in the conditions.