Race fans were treated to a weekend of sunshine and spectacular racing as the British Superbike Championship arrived at Snetterton for round six of the season, with some excellent results for Shark’s riders.
Alex Lowes set the pace for the weekend with a blistering qualifying session that saw him secure the fastest lap of the 2.96-mile circuit and claim pole position. He put in a sensational performance in the first race, passing both Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes on the same lap to take his second win of the season. Fellow Shark-man James Westmoreland was in sixth when he ran off track and dropped to 17th. He put up a great fight to claw his way back to sixth come the flag.
In race two Lowes had a bad start but battled back to second. Despite several hard-fought attempts to catch leader Byrne, he was unable to pass and settled for second place. Westmoreland went one better than his first outing to finish in fifth.
In the Monster Energy British Motostar race, Shark’s Joe Francis took another victory, while Joe Irving joined him on the podium in third and Brad Ray took fourth overall and first in the 125GP class. Shark’s third outright win of the weekend came from Marty Nutt in the Ducati 848 Challenge – he took first in race one and second in race two.
In the Pirelli National Supersport 600 race, Ben Wilson visited the podium twice with a third and a second in race one and two respectively, while Luke Jones came seventh in race two. In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class, Superstock 600 champion 17-year-old Lee Jackson secured his first podium on the bigger machine with a third place. James East came sixth.
The Triumph Triple Challenge race one saw Phil Atkinson in third, Dan Fuller in fourth and Fast Bikes journalist and Shark-wearer Al Fagan in eighth. Dan Heyler scored a double podium, finishing second in both race two and three.