This weekend saw the penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship and its support classes take place at Silverstone, in Northamptionshire. While the MotoGP Championship continued from Aragon, Spain.
Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) dominated proceedings at Silverstone claiming a double victory on Sunday. Starting from pole, his third in four rounds, Lowes took the lead over fellow SHARK supported Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) on lap three, and held the position to cross the line, with Laverty in third. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) finished fifth and Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) ninth.
In race two, Lowes started in third and quickly pushed his way up the pack, moving into second place on lap five. It was the final lap where Lowes made his move for the top-spot, squeezing past at the last moment to take his second victory of the day. Lowes double win puts him third in the championship showdown, and just 24 points behind the current leader. Laverty finished race two in fifth, with Westmoreland in ninth.
The second British Supersport race saw Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) claim another race win for SHARK and his first of the season. Starting from the second row, Wilson rocketed off the start and settled into third place by the first corner. Swapping places up the pack, Wilson eventually took the lead on lap seven, and held off other rider advances to take the win. In race one, Wilson finished in fifth.
Harry Stafford (Moto Strada) gave SHARK another win in the Monster Energy British Motostar race, fellow SHARK-man Joe Irving finished third overall and won the cup class – Irving is sitting in second place in the overall championship.
Another win in the Superstock 1000 class, saw Lee Costello (Hasall Racing Team) cross the line first. Victor Cox (ILR Kawasaki) came home in sixth and is third in the overall championship, with Costello in fifth. In the Superstock 600 race it was a SHARK 2-3 on the podium with Lee Jackson (Chris Walker Race School) and Alex Olsen (Team Haribo Starmix), James Rose (Moto-Breakers) was close behind in fourth.
The final round of the championship will take place on 13/14 October at Brands Hatch with the season finale and showdown.
Meanwhile in Aragon, Spain, Scott Redding (Marc VDS) took his fourth podium of the 2012 season in third place. Qualifying ninth fastest, Redding made up places in the first two turns and completed the first lap in sixth position. Matching the lap times of the front runners in the early stages of the race, Redding upped his pace at the halfway point moving up the field into a battle for second. Redding eventually crossed the line in third place.
« I was happy enough with a win in the first race so to do the double is mega. I got into a rhythm and then I made a mistake onto the straight and I lost some time. On the last lap I knew I could turn in tight and I managed to get down the inside of Shakey and that was what we needed to do. We just scraped into the Showdown so I am still taking it one race at a time and we will see if we can do the same again at Brands Hatch. »
“It’s been a long time coming, it’s been a difficult season for us but now we have our first win under our belts we want more. I have to give a massive thanks to my team, Gearlink Kawasaki have worked so hard to get the bike prepared for me this weekend. We have struggled all season for one reason or another but it all came together this weekend and we got the result we so desperately wanted.”
« It’s been a tough weekend, both with the weather and my right wrist. The wrist wasn’t causing me problems on the bike, but it was causing a lot of pain. I opted to go with painkillers for the race and I’m glad I did, but every lap was so busy I probably wouldn’t have even noticed the pain anyway. The battle with Marquez was a good one. I managed to pass him a couple of times only for him to pass me back on the straight. I didn’t want to slow us both down by continually passing him in the corners, as I wanted to catch Iannone, which we eventually did. Marquez managed to pull a gap, but Iannone couldn’t get away and I eventually managed to pass him for third with a bit of a risky move at the corkscrew. It’s a great result and I’d like to say a big thank you to the team and the guys in the Clinica Mobile for making it possible. »