This weekend SHARK’s supported riders had a fantastic weekend at Cadwell Park for the eighth round of the British Superbike Championship. Over the weekend SHARK-men collected ten podium places, as well as six top-ten finishes between them.
Alex Lowes wowed his home crowd in the British Superbike class by winning both races. Lowes was fastest in every session over the weekend, which landed him in pole position for race one. He then scored the fastest lap that landed him again in pole for the second race. Lowes is now second in the championship and has closed the gap on title leader Shane Byrne by 37 points. James Westmoreland scored two top-ten finishes in 10th and ninth places and is now closer to the top six for the Showdown.
In the Monster Energy British Motostar race it was a SHARK 1-2-3 on the podium with Joe Francis first, Andy Reid second (he was first in the 125) and Joe Irving third. Francis leads the overall championship standings by 36 points, while Irving is sitting in third.
The British Supersport races saw Ben Wilson edge closer to the two riders ahead of him in the championship standings, after scoring a win in race one and a close second in the feature race.
The Superstock 1000 race saw a fantastic second place finish for 17-year old Lee Jackson, with fellow SHARK man Victor Cox in third. Cox is fourth in the overall championship with Jackson in seventh. The Superstock 600 race saw another SHARK podium with a third place for Nick Anderson, and current title leader Jordan Simpkin finished in fourth.
The Triumph Triple Challenge saw Philip Atkinson finish his weekend in fourth and fifth, with Dan Helyer sixth in race one. In the overall championship Atkinson sits fourth with Helyer in sixth.
Meanwhile in Brno for MotoGP it was a mixed weekend for SHARK riders. In Moto2 Scott Redding suffered with bike set-up issues all weekend that caused the young-Brit problems in the 20-lap race. At one point during the race Redding was up to fifth, but the problems returned and Redding eventually crossed the line in eighth place. Meanwhile Johann Zarco finished in fifth.
This weekend MotoGP heads to Silverstone for the British round of the championship, World Superbikes will be from the Nürburgring in Germany and British Superbikes will return 6-8 September from Donington Park.
The races were hard work actually! I had a good pace in practice and qualifying and then the temperature went up for the first race which made it more difficult. I wanted to try and get to the front and then if they passed me they would have to work really hard to pull it off! I didn’t want Shakey to come by me at the end of the race and with five laps to go I pushed hard and that was enough. Overall it has been a fairytale weekend. That second race was so hard and fair play to Josh as he stuck with me and pushed me. When he came passed me I thought: “No, I have led all this time and he has got me on the final lap”, but then luck was on my side. I hope Josh is OK and I am sure he is going to come back strong at Donington. I want to thank my team and all the fans at Cadwell Park for their support this weekend; it has been awesome. I am looking forward to the rest of the season.