This weekend SHARK supported riders took to the track at Oulton Park, Cheshire for the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship, taking five podium finishes between them and collecting valuable season points.
In the British Superbike races Alex Lowes secured his position in the championship Showdown. In the opening race pole-sitter Lowes finished third after a long battle with James Ellison and Shane Byrne. During the second race whilst pushing for another podium, Lowes lost the front of his machine on the last lap and crashed out of the running unhurt.
The last race of the day saw Lowes take his second podium of the weekend in third place. Lowes is currently sitting third in the overall championship standings, 54 points behind leader Shane Byrne. Meanwhile fellow SHARK-riders James Westmoreland and Howie Mainwaring-Smart finished their weekends in the top-ten respectively with Westy ninth and sixth, and Mainwaring-Smart tenth and eighth.
The British Supersport class saw SHARK’s Ben Wilson finish third on the podium in race one, but he suffered a DNF in the second race. Despite not finishing in race two Wilson remains third in the championship standings.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class it was a SHARK sixth, seventh, ninth and 11th with Victor Cox, David Johnson, Danny Johnson and Lee Jackson securing points. The overall standings are similar with Cox sixth, Johnson (Danny) eighth and Jackson ninth. Meanwhile in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class Jordan Simpkin finished just off the podium in fourth place.
The British Motostar M3 class saw a SHARK 2-3 on the podium with Joe Francis and Jordan Weaving, whilst Andy Reid won the 125. Francis leads the championship by 11 points.
Finally, the Ducati 848 Challenge saw Marty Nutt finish both races in third place; Nutt leads the championship by nine points.
The next British Superbike round will be over the August Bank Holiday weekend 24-26 August at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire.
It’s been a hard weekend, probably the hardest of the year – we have stood still since we raced here back in May and the rest have got a bit better and I’m not as competitive as I want to be. I’ve given everything in these races and really do not have a lot to show for it. Even so I’ve qualified for the Showdown and I enjoyed that last race and hope that it is a sign of things to come when we get into the actual Showdown.
We all went for the same tyre in that race but I think I maybe worked mine a little bit harder than the others. But third is not a bad result for me considering that last time we were here back in May I was unable to start the first race and then was placed on the back of the grid for race two. I recorded the fastest lap again today and have been told its a new lap record, not bad on a worn tyre! Gearlink Kawasaki have put a fantastic bike under me this weekend and thats been proved with another podium finish here today.