This weekend Oulton Park in Cheshire hosted the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship, while MotoGP came from the Sachsenring in Germany. SHARK-supported riders scored multiple podium finishes and claimed valuable championship points.
In the UK, the Metzeler National Superstock 600 race saw 16-year-old Lee Jackson (Chris Walker Race School) storm to comfortable victory with a 7.1 second lead, moving him into third place in the championship. Taking pole position, Jackson stayed ahead of the pack from the first corner giving the young SHARK man his first win of the year. He has been nominated for the shortlist of the BSB Speedy Spirit award – to vote for Jackson (option E) click here.
In the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 race, SHARK scored a 1-2 on the podium with David Johnson (Carbontek Racing) taking his debut championship victory. Hot on Johnson’s heels was Victor Cox (ILR Kawasaki) in second place, and Howie Mainwaring (Buildbase BMW Motorrad) totted up his points in fifth place.
The Motorpoint British Supersport class gave SHARK another podium with Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) second in race one, and just off the podium in race two. Fellow SHARK-supported Pauli Pekkanen (77 RR Triumph) came home in fourth and seventh places. The Cup class saw a Shark 2-3 in race one, with Phillip Atkinson in second (ninth overall) and James East in third (14th overall). In race two, East scored another third place (16th overall) while Atkinson suffered a DNF.
In the Monster Energy British Motostar race, Joe Francis (Banks Racing) finished fourth overall and second in the Cup class. Harry Hartley was sixth overall, which gave him third place in the Cup.
The 848 Challenge saw the last SHARK podium of the weekend when Darren Fry (Hirebase Ducati Coventry) came home in third place in race two, after finishing fifth in the first instalment.
In Germany, Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) stormed to finish in fifth place in front of his home crowd. The MotoGP rookie battled with former MotoGP World Champions, and was under pressure throughout.
The MotoGP paddock will now pack up and head to Mugello, Italy for the next round 13-15 July, while the British Superbike Championship has a little break till Brands Hatch 20-22 July.
Michael Laverty, British Superbike: To be honest I am glad the weekend is over now and I am looking forward to Brands Hatch. Oulton Park has never been a good circuit for me and it is always a fight but fourth and fifths today helped consolidate our position in the Showdown. The pace was close to the leaders but we just didn’t have that last bit, despite making improvements throughout the weekend. It is the way it goes sometimes but overall it has been a disappointing weekend although it could have been worse.
Stefan Bradl, MotoGP: It has been a tough race since the beginning because I had to fight to maintain the gap to the group behind me. But I took another good start and this is very positive, after that I was capable to follow the Yamaha riders for a while, but I could feel that our corner speed was not enough and our edge grip in the left side was poor because after three or four laps the bike started to spin already. That caused me some issues, because I was not able to attack them and in the middle of the race I had to let them go. From that moment I had to manage the group behind me till the chequered flag and it was very difficult. So I had to push myself to the maximum to block (Valentino) Rossi, (Nicky) Hayden and (Hector) Barbera in the last three laps. I am very happy about this result because I could relegate them behind me and this fifth place is a fantastic result for me, for my family, for the team and for my local fans.