The ninth round of the British Superbike Championship took place from Donington Park this weekend with SHARK’s riders scoring points and podiums aplenty.
In the Superbike class, Alex Lowes – who booked his Showdown place two rounds ago – had another spectacular weekend, claiming his second consecutive double win after two incredibly close and hard-fought races. The victories see Lowes maintain second place in the standings, just six points behind Byrne.
James Westmoreland – who got pole position and a new BSB lap record this weekend – secured the sixth and final place in the Showdown after finishing fifth and fourth in race one and two respectively. The three-round Showdown begins at Assen in The Netherlands on 21/22 September.
In the British Supersport races, Ben Wilson was just off the podium in race one with a fourth place finish but unfortunately crashed out of race two. In the British Motostar Moto3 battle, Jordan Weaving claimed the top spot with Joe Francis in third. Francis still leads the championship by 32 points.
The Superstock 1000 race saw another SHARK rider on the podium as Victor Cox claimed third place. Lee Jackson took fifth. In the Superstock 600 class, Jordan Simpkin placed fourth in the race and still leads the overall standings.
The Ducuti 848 Challenge races were a success for Marty Nutt, who secured the win in race one and second place in race two to maintain his lead in the championship standings. Darren Fry meanwhile placed fifth and fourth.
In the first Triumph Triple Challenge, SHARK riders claimed two of the podium spots with Phil Atkinson second and Dan Fuller in third. In race two, Atkinson and Fuller placed fourth and sixth respectively with Dan Heyler in seventh.
I don’t think I have ever pushed as hard as I did at the end of those races but now the Showdown is all important and I go into it only six points down on Shakey so it is going to be lots of fun and I will give it everything.
First BMW in the Showdown, two pole positions and a lap record… wow! It’s fantastic, and it really hasn’t sunk in yet. It was such an intense race, from the first to the last lap I couldn’t have pushed harder. I felt like I was hanging on for dear life! Everyone was pushing so hard and riding right on the limit, there were very few overtakes and it was a case of seeing who made it to the end. I can’t wait to come out fighting at Assen. We don’t have any podium credits but we’ve shown our form this weekend. Bring it on!