This weekend SHARK-supported riders took part in two very different race series; MotoGP from Indianapolis, America, and the Ulster GP, Ireland. Both races saw SHARK-men step onto the respective podiums with two wins, a second and third place.
In America for the tenth round of the MotoGP championship Scott Redding took a well-deserved third place in Moto2, following a tough 25-lap race. Excessive tyre wear once again hampered the young Brit’s chances of a race win, but he pushed on despite grip issues to secure third. The result was Redding’s sixth podium in nine races and has extended his championship lead to 26 points.
In Sunday’s AMA Pro Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson Series, veteran racer Jeremy McWilliams took the win following a four-way battle to the chequered flag by 0.039 seconds.
Meanwhile in Ireland for the Ulster GP, Ian Lougher said farewell to competitive action after announcing his retirement from road racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT. Not retiring quietly, Lougher re-wrote the Dundrod circuit and the Ulster GP history books by taking the win in the Ultra-Lightweight class. It was the 50th time Lougher has stepped onto the Dundrod podium, which takes his Ulster GP race win tally to 18. He has had success at the circuit on no less than 21 times, placing him second only to Joey Dunlop in both the all-time lists.
Jamie Hamilton continued his run of road racing success on Saturday when he took a superb, and hard fought, second place in the Lightweight race. The youngster also finished ninth and fifth in the Superbike races, but was forced to retire from both the Supersport races after mechanical issues.
SHARK’s road racers will now make their way to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT and Manx GP races with practice starting today for the Manx. Meanwhile short-ciruit racing will continue with British Superbikes from Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire 24-26 August, and MotoGP at Brno 23-25 August.
This morning wasn’t so good and I didn’t really feel comfortable with the bike. I just decided to take it easy but I still wasn’t so far off the pace and this afternoon I was more in my normal strong mindset and I felt much more comfortable. The lap times were coming relatively easily and I was happy with my consistency. This is a very important phase of the Championship with three races in a row and I am just concentrating on collecting as many points as I can.
I was just in the right place at the right time. Hafizh passed me and at that stage I thought Tyler and Steve were going to get a way. Luckily it came back with the draft and if it wasn’t for the draft, I don’t think I would have got back on their tails. The win I have to dedicate to my dealership — they put a perfect bike together. I guess I’m more surprised than anybody to be standing on top.
I just missed out on a rostrum in the opening 600 race, and on the 125 Christian Elkin and I passed each other a few times on the last lap. He actually put his front wheel to my knee and I thought, ‘you can’t pass there’. It was nice to have a 125 win to finish my UGP career. Big thanks go to everyone who has supported me through the years, all my sponsors and the fans.
After the problems with the 600 and then sliding off in the Lightweight race, I was beginning to think it wasn’t my day but someone was on my side today and I’m delighted with the podium on the 650 and my performances on the Superbike. The spare 650 was hastily prepared for the re-run Lightweight race and I’d never even sat on it before so to get second was unreal. It was so close the whole way through and a brilliant race to be part of.