Over the Easter weekend the British Superbike Championship and its supported classes returned for the 2014 season, with the opening round at Brands Hatch, Kent. It was a positive outing for SHARK’s supported riders that saw them collect five wins and a dozen podiums over the weekend.
In the MCE British Superbike races Ben Wilson and James Westmoreland both secured solid first-round points. Wilson finished race one in fourth place and the second in tenth and Westmoreland finished in tenth and seventh.
The Motorpoint British Supersport race saw SHARK-riders dominating the top ten with four podiums and two wins in the Evo class. Luke Jones finished in second and sixth places respectively; Alex Olsen came fourth and 11th and won both of the Evo classes. Sam Hornsey finished race one in ninth and Dan Cooper in tenth place – Hornsey then finished race two in tenth place. Josh Daley completed the Evo podium in race one in third place.
The Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race saw Danny Buchan dominate the field in every track session and eventually went on to win the race. Other SHARK results included Josh Elliot in third place and Lee Jackson in sixth.
The Motul British Motostar race saw yet another win this time with Joe Irving and Jordan Weaving followed suit in second place. Meanwhile Bradley Ray finished in sixth place and was third in the 125cc category of the race. In ninth place was 13-year-old Charlie Nesbitt who was taking part in his first British Championship race. Nesbitt is also sponsored by SHARK’s MotoGP rider Scott Redding and his Young Rider Academy.
Meanwhile the Pirelli National Superstock 600 saw more points for SHARK-men with Kyle Ryde in fifth place and Ben Godfrey in seventh. The Ducati TriOptions Cup was also a points-fest with Marty Nutt in fourth and fifth, Darren Fry in fifth and seventh and Fast Bikes journalist Alastair Fagan, finished in tenth and just outside the points in 13th place in race two.
Last but not least, the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge saw Phillip Atkinson on the podium twice, winning the second and finished third in race three. In race one he finished in fifth place.
The next round of the British Superbike Championship will take place at Oulton Park, Cheshire on 3-5 May. Meanwhile SHARK-men will travel to Argentina this weekend 25-27 April for the third round of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 Championships. The World Superbike Championship also returns with round three at Assen this weekend.