This weekend SHARK’s supported racers were on-track for the ninth World Superbike round at Brno, Czech Republic and the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch. SHARK riders racked up further championship points and podium finishes.
In the Czech Republic at Brno, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing) scored two-second place finishes. Starting both races in pole position, Sykes had flying starts off the line but faced a strong challenge from Marco Melandri throughout. The SHARK man held the lead for the majority, with Melandri never far behind. During the final stages of both races, Sykes was unable to hold off the challenges from the BMW rider and crossed the finish line twice in second place.
The World Supersport race saw SHARK’s Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) claim victory after a battle with Kenan Sofuoglu. The pair swapped places for the race lead throughout, until the race was red flagged on the 14th lap due to an incident, which saw Foret awarded the race win over Sofuoglu. Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) collected points in fourth and Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) just behind in fifth. The next round of the World Superbike Championship will take place at Silverstone 3-5 August.
Meanwhile the sun shone at Brands Hatch for the British Superbike Championship and its supported races. Phillip Atkinson (Jack Liley Triumph / Homer Racing) won the second Triumph Triple Challenge race, after coming fourth in the first instalment. The Metzeler National Superstock 600 race saw James Rose (Moto-Breakers) step onto the podium in third place, with fellow SHARK supported Lee Jackson (Chris Walker Race School) collecting points in sixth. Bradley Ray (SP125-FAB Racing) won the Monster Energy British Motostar race and is currently second in the championship, while Joe Francis (Banks Racing) scored points in eighth.
The Metzeler National Superstock 1000 class was a SHARK 4-5 with Howie Mainwaring (Buildbase BMW) and Victor Cox (ILR Kawasaki) racking up valuable season points. Cox is sitting third in the championship. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) finished his weekend in the British Supersport races in sixth and fifth, and is fourth overall. The Supersport Cup class saw James East (Mackroy Racing) second (12th overall) in race one, and on the podium again in race two after claiming the win.
In the British Superbike class Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) finished just off the podium in fourth place in both race one and two. Fellow SHARK supported riders collected valuable points between them; Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) finished seventh in race one, while in race two he finished in sixth, with Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda), Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) and James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) behind in eighth, ninth and tenth. The next instalment of the British Superbike Championship will be over the August bank holiday weekend 25-27 at Cadwell Park.
Sam Lowes: I knew that this track was not good for me. It was my worst track last year, but to be fair I had quite good pace on Friday and good pace yesterday, even if we lost a lot of momentum with a few technical problems. Because of the less than perfect qualifying I had to pass some people and got in a battle with Cluzel, which frustrated me because he was my team-mate. By the time I got past him I was three and a half seconds behind, but in the next ten laps I only lost 0.5 seconds more. I had the pace to stick in there if not to beat them, but if you are there, who knows? Kenan actually got dropped to second after the red flag so it could have been a lot worse. Fourth is my joint worst finish of the year so it is not that bad really.
Jules Cluzel: I do not know what was wrong, but I never rode before with this lap time here in the race. Yesterday with the race tyre we did a really good practice. I did 11 laps in 2’04 low and for the race I could only do one lap on 2’04.7 and was in fifth place.