This weekend SHARK riders contested two very different races – MotoGP at Le Mans, France and Ireland’s most famous road race, the North West 200.
At Le Mans, Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) made a return to the podium in the Moto2 class. The SHARK-supported rider mastered the wet conditions to claim a well-deserved third place. Starting from the second row on the grid, Redding quickly assessed the grip levels available, and placed himself inside the top-three. Fellow SHARK-rider Johann Zarco crashed out of contention for second place on lap 22.
In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl continued to impress the paddock in his debut year with another stunning ride, scoring his best result of fifth place having starting from 13th on the grid. The MotoGP Championship will continue from Catalunya, Spain 1-3 June.
At the North West 200, Ryan Farquhar continued his 2012 road racing campaign in fine style claiming a win in the Supertwins race on Thursday and two top-tens on Saturday – fourth in the Superstock and fifth in the Superbike race.
The Supertwins victory was a double hit for Farquhar and his KMR Kawasaki team, no only did Farquhar win the race; two of his bikes completed the podium in second and third places. Ex-GP racer and SHARK rider Jeremy McWilliams made his NW200 debut for Farquhar’s team and finished in a honourable second place. Jamie Hamilton finished in sixth place.
SHARK’s road racers will now prepare themselves for the world famous Isle of Man TT races, which sees first practice start on Saturday 26 May. The first race will be the Superbike race on Saturday 2 June.
Scott Redding, Moto2 – third
« I am really happy because it feels like a long time since I was on the podium and this is a great result for me and the team. We have been threatening to get a result like this all season and it feels great because last year was a bit of a disaster and we made a big gamble to change the chassis. Right from the start of testing it made a big difference to my confidence. Apart from the result, the positive is that I felt confident in the rain. I had a great feeling with the bike and to be on the podium in the rain is a special feeling. It was tough at the start because each time I touched the throttle I’d lose the rear, so I just calmed down and tried to be smooth and attacked when I felt comfortable.”
Stefan Bradl, MotoGP – fifth
“This is a fantastic feeling! I am very happy and the whole team is happy too, this makes me very proud. Honestly I think nobody was expecting such a good result in my fourth race in this class. In general the weekend was tough because we were struggling a lot in finding the right set-up during the dry sessions and I also had a big crash in yesterday’s qualifying. Finally it rained before the race and I knew we had a good package for the wet. Already on my sighting lap I could feel that the bike was good and my first lap was amazing.”
Ryan Farquhar, roads – first, fourth and fifth
« This is without doubt one of the best moments of my career and to be sitting here with a 1-2-3 at the North West 200 is something special. People laughed at me when I first started riding in the class but here we are now with a clean sweep of the podium and with world class riders Jeremy and Michael riding KMR Kawasaki’s – it’s a very special feeling. I’ve obviously been heavily involved in the class and knew the potential of the bikes so to see them included at the NW200 and TT in itself was superb but for me to have won today and have Jeremy, Michael and Jamie in second, third and sixth is a dream come true – I’m absolutely over the moon. »