This weekend SHARK’s supported riders were in action for the ninth-round of the World Superbike championship at Laguna Seca in America and also back in the UK for the British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch, in Kent.
In America Tom Sykes finished both the 25-lap Superbike races on the podium in second place. In race two the SHARK-man led in the early stages and recorded the fastest lap of 1’23.842 on the tenth rotation. Sykes is currently second in the overall championship standings.
Fellow SHARK supported Sylvain Guintoli finished race one in seventh place after an impressive start that saw him running as high as fifth in the early stages, after starting from ninth on the grid. Race two, after another solid start unfortunately ended early for the 33-year-old Frenchman when Alex Lowes entered pit lane, colliding with Guintoli and ending his weekend. The Pata Honda rider damaged his right thumb in the ensuing crash, but was otherwise unhurt. Lowes suffered a mixed weekend – he finished sixth in race one, but retired from race two. His team-mate and fellow SHARK supported Randy de Puniet finished both races 11th.
The next round of the World Superbike championship takes place 31 July – 2 August at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
Meanwhile in the UK the sixth-round of the British Superbike championship continued from Brands Hatch in Kent. It was a successful weekend for SHARK riders with a host of podiums scored at the 3.916km Grand Prix circuit.
Kyle Ryde took two-second place finishes in the British Supersport races, with Luke Hedger sixth and seventh and Dean Hipwell finished the Sprint eighth. The Superstock 1000 race saw another podium with Jess Trayler second, a win was looking on the cards for Josh Elliott, but unfortunately he crashed out of contention whilst in the lead. Alex Olsen finished fifth and Nick Anderson came home in tenth place.
In the Motostar class Charlie Nesbitt took third place in race one, but crashed out of the leading group in race two. Mike Browers and Joe Thomas finished race two sixth and tenth. The 125 races saw Josh Owens take the win in race one and place second in race two, Ryan Longshaw was also on the podium finishing both races third.
Young Thomas Strudwick impressed in the Moriwaki Junior 250 cup who had a wildcard for the races and had never ridden the bike before. He finished second in race one and in race two was leading the race but unfortunately crashed out of contention. The Superstock 600 race saw Bradley Ray sixth and Joe Francis cross the line in seventh. In the Superbike class James Westmoreland finished ninth and 14th, with Lee Jackson 12th and 11th in both 20-lap races.
The next round of the BSB championship and its support classes take place 31 July – 2 August at Thruxton in Hampshire.
« Jonathan and I had a great battle for the entire first race. I had plus zero on my pit board, so I just had to manage the situation. I felt the rear tyre drop and had to compensate in some areas, trying to do some things slightly differently. It was not ideal but overall I am happy with second position considering the circumstances. We made two small changes for race two and it was strange because at the beginning I felt I had a really good bike set-up but in the rain Chaz took a couple of more risks. It paid off because he made a big gap and I think that was probably the deciding factor in the race. We had a couple of warnings and I was just not able to stick with Chaz. Overall, I am fairly satisfied but we were just not close enough. Two second places are acceptable but another rider took the prizes this weekend. »