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Podiums, Race Wins and Championship victories for SHARK riders

The British Superbike championship travelled across the sea to Assen in the Netherlands this weekend for the tenth round of the championship, where cold track temperatures and intermittent rain made for a challenging event.

In the MCE British Superbike class both Danny Buchan and Lee Jackson struggled to keep temperature in their tyres. Buchan finished just inside the top ten in the first race and just outside the top ten in race two (10-12). Jackson finished 12th in race one and 17th in the second. Fellow SHARK-supported British Superbike rider James Westmoreland amicably parted company with GBmoto Racing at the beginning of the weekend.

Kyle Ryde’s good start in race two of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship was neutralised with an early safety car that lasted three laps. Ryde finished comfortably in fifth position, adding that to his sixth place finish in race one. Meanwhile Dean Hipwell came away with 12th and 11th with Luke Hedger making up for his race one DNF with a ninth in race two. Making his Supersport debut Joe Francis, substituting for the injured Reid on the Monster TTC Yamaha, had two top-ten finishes with ninth in the sprint race and eighth in the main race.

SHARK’s Ben Godfrey made a visit to the podium in the ONK Anglo/Dutch Superbike championship, joined by fellow SHARK rider Nick Anderson. In the ONK Anglo/Dutch Supersport championship, Jordan Weaving had a great start from pole but was knocked off his bike and out of the lead on the first lap.

There was SHARK success in the British Motostar Championship with Josh Owens making a comeback from a DNF in the first race to finish second in class in race two and take the championship title. Cameron Horsman took double race victory in his class. Fellow SHARK rider Charlie Nesbitt earned himself tenth place in the first race but was unable to finish the second race.

Assen also played host to the Ducati TriOptions Cup where Darren Fry and Aaron Brown recorded top ten results in both races: Fry earned himself sixth and tenth, while Brown came away with eighth in both races. UK journalist Alistair Fagan was also in action in the Ducati TriOptions Cup where he achieved 13th in the first race but unfortunately the second race saw him receive a DNF.

The World Superbike Championship made its return this weekend after the summer break with two races at Jerez. Tom Sykes dominated the first race from start to finish to take a stunning victory; the Englishman followed this with fifth in the second race. Sylvain Guintoli came away with tenth and ninth in the two races while Alex Lowes finished the first race in seventh and the second in 18th. Randy de Puniet had a tough weekend with 16th in race one and a DNF in the second.

This weekend also saw Endurance specialists Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Vincent Phillippe tackle the Bol d’Or 24-hour race at Paul Ricard. After leading for the majority of the race Honda racers Da Costa and Foray were forced to retire from the event. Another championship title fell for a SHARK supported rider as Phillippe, and team, finished the Bol d’Or in third position giving them enough points to take the 2015 Endurance World Title.

Next weekend will see SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders in action at Aragon, while the next round of the World Superbikes and British Superbikes will take place on 3-4 October.

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SHARK truste les podiums à Misano

Ce week-end les pilotes SHARK ont réalisé une performance historique pour la marque. En effet il y avait au moins un pilote SHARK sur le podium de chaque catégorie.

En MotoGP, Scott Redding réalise une course altruiste et se classe 3ième et s’offre ainsi son premier podium dans la catégorie reine. Les conditions de course ont été très changeantes pendant cette 13ième manche de la saison et Redding en a profité pour se placer sur le podium. Chutant en début de course il se doit de repasser au stand pour changer de moto et peut alors repartir avec une moto avec des pneus slicks. C’est alors, sur une piste séchante qu’il remonte pilote après pilote jusqu’à la 3ième marche du podium. Aleix Espargaro n’a pas su de son côté profiter des conditions de course et se classe 10ième. Au championnat du monde nos 2 pilotes de MotoGP se suivent au classement avec Espargaro 12ième et Redding 13ième.

Scott Redding – 3ième : « Je n’avais rien à perdre et j’ai donc attaqué très fort dès le début, l’avant s’est bloqué et j’ai tiré tout droit, je suis tombé dans les graviers et j’ai remis la moto en piste aussi vite que j’ai pu. J’ai ensuite pensé à rentrer pour passer sur pneus pluie mais ils ne fonctionnaient pas et après le deuxième arrêt je n’avais rien à perdre. Je me sentais bien quand j’ai rattrapé Baz, je poussais et poussais puis j’y étais ! »

En moto2, Johann Zarco réalise encore un super week-end de course. En pôle position en début de course il se frotte à ses concurrents dans les premiers tours avant de prendre la tête de la course au 6ième tour et de rallier l’arrivée en vainqueur. C’est la 6ième victoire de l’année pour Johann et la 3ième consécutive. Il conforte encore d’avantage au championnat du monde avec 93 points d’avance sur son concurrent le plus proche. Sam Lowes a connu moins de chance pendant la course devant abandonner suite à des problèmes mécaniques. Louis Rossi se classe 20ième et Robin Mulhauser ne peut terminer la course. Au championnat du Monde notre pilote français Zarco écrase les débats, Lowes est 5ième et Rossi 24ième.

Johann Zarco – 1er : « En début de course, Dominique Aegerter a attaqué au maximum avec son pneu tendre, puis Alex Rins l’a percuté en essayant de le doubler, ce qui n’était pas possible à cet endroit-là au freinage. J’ai eu assez rapidement un bon rythme et ma course s’est bien passée. Rendez-vous en Aragon ! »

En Moto3, Miguel Oliveira est passé tout près de sa 3ième victoire de la saison mais doit s’incliner pour 0,037 seconde. Il termine 2ième et s’offre son 4ième podium de la saison. Livio Loi, vainqueur durant l’été au GP d’Indianapolis termine 12ième et Gabriele Rodrigo 20ième. Au championnat du monde Oliveira est 4ième, tout proche de la 3ième place tandis que Livio Loi est 13ième.

La prochaine manche de GP aura lieu le 27 Septembre en Aragon tandis que ce week-end pour patienter nous aurons une manche de WSBK à Jerez et le retour du Bol d’Or au Circuit du Castellet pour le mondial Endurance.

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Podiums a-plenty for SHARK riders at Misano

This weekend SHARK’s supported MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders were in Italy, at the 4.2km Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the 13th round of the 2015 season. On race day, rainy weather conditions led to dramatic and tense races in all three categories.

In the Moto2 class Johann Zarco took his third victory in a row, extending his lead in the championship standings to 93 points. With 12 podiums in a row and six victories this season, Zarco equalled Olivier Jacque, Arnaud Vincent and Christian Sarron in the list of the most successful MotoGP riders of all time.

Meanwhile, Sam Lowes was unlucky as he was forced to retire from the Misano race after a loose fairing rubbed against his rear tyre causing it to explode nine laps before the chequered flag.

The MotoGP class saw one of the most dramatic MotoGP races of the season with difficult weather conditions leading to a flag-to-flag race in which SHARK supported Scott Redding claimed his first MotoGP podium, finishing third. Aleix Espargaro finished in the top-ten, crossing the chequered flag in tenth position.

There was another SHARK podium in Moto3, as Miguel Oliveira finished the race in second position after leading for most of the race.

The 14th MotoGP round of the season takes place on 25-27 September at the Motorland Aragon, Spain.

Next weekend (18-20 September), the British Superbike Championship and its support classes will head to Assen for round ten of the series, while the Endurance World Championship will be in France for the Bol d’Or and the World Superbike Championship will head to Jerez, Spain.

Scott Redding – MotoGP

Where do you start after a race like that? When it started to rain I knew I had nothing to lose and pushed hard on the slicks. But I pushed too much and couldn’t stop the bike before I entered the gravel and crashed. I thought that was race over but got back on as quickly as I could and I could see that a couple of guys still hadn’t passed me, so knew I was still in a good position. I changed to the rain tyres and had a really bad feeling. I couldn’t get them to working temperature and when I did the track had already started to dry. I switched back to slicks thinking I’d got no chance and then suddenly I saw P4. I thought it was a mistake but then saw seven seconds to Baz and got my head down to catch him in case it rained again. Then I’m in third and I certainly didn’t expect that when I woke up this morning. It’s a great feeling for me and especially the team because they have deserved this for s ticking by me all season.

Johann Zarco – Moto2

It was an odd race because the conditions changed so much from the rest of the weekend. This made us doubt which tyres to use. I finally chose the hard rubber, while Aegerter went out with the soft, so it was very easy for him to be strong at the front. The fact that Rins came into the fight with him helped me to concentrate on my riding, until both of them crashed. That allowed me to take the lead. I was able to relax and extending my lead, so I was in the perfect situation. However, I thought Tito could have reached me, because I was not feeling very fast. In the end he didn’t. I want to thank the team for the great job we are doing. Tomorrow we have to continue to seek improvements in the test and head to Aragon in the best possible shape.

Miguel Oliveira – Moto3

It was a pretty good race. I had a good pace and I was able to lead for many laps, although this is mentally tiring when you are trying not to make any mistakes. I think this year the level is quite high in the class and we saw a good race. We set good times and despite the fact that some of our rivals are very young, they did not make mistakes. On the last lap, Enea Bastianini was able to overtake me thanks to the slipstream; I congratulate him because he had a good race. He had not managed the slipstream on previous laps, so I did not expect it, but I have to be happy with second position because it has been a long time off the podium for me. For the end of the season I hope to do this more often and I hope to get some more victories.

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Wins and podiums for SHARK riders at Oulton Park

The British Superbike championship travelled to Cheshire-based, Oulton Park this weekend for the ninth round of the series. It was a successful outing for SHARK’s supported riders at the 4.307km circuit, with wins and podiums collected throughout the classes.

In the MCE British Superbike class Danny Buchan’s hard work throughout the year eventually paid off with two podium finishes in race one and two, with third and second places respectively – and a fourth place in race three, allowing him to earn valuable championship points and putting him 13th in the Championship standings. SHARK’s Lee Jackson finished the first race in the top-ten with eighth position. In race two, he was running in sixth but unfortunately ran off the track taking him down to 17th position; Jackson battled back to 11th position and finished race three in 13th position.

Fellow SHARK-supported James Westmoreland had a solid race in the second outing and scored a top-ten finish. Westmoreland then placed 14th in race three.

Meanwhile in the Motorpoint British Supersport championship, Luke Hedger finished his weekend with two top-ten places – eighth and sixth.  The British Supersport class also saw Dean Hipwell enjoy a top-ten finish in Sunday’s race, taking seventh place.

It was a tough weekend for SHARK’s Kyle Ryde who qualified well and started the Sprint race in the leading group, but Ryde was forced out and crashed out of the race, unhurt. Ryde was going into Sunday’s race full of confidence, but a massive high-side in the morning warm-up session destroyed the bike and left Ryde and his team unable to repair the bike before the race start. Ryde is still second in the overall standings, 69 points behind the leader.

Josh Elliot finished second in the Superstock 1000 class and is still leading the overall standings with a 17-point gap, with only two races left. Dominic Usher finished in the top-ten, taking eighth place.
The National Superstock 600 race saw another SHARK podium, this time for Jordan Weaving, who finished third. Joe Francis finished just outside the podium in fourth place.

In the Motostar 125 championship race, SHARK supported Charlie Nesbitt finished on the podium in Moto3, taking third place, while Cameron Horsman gave another great performance finishing first of the 125cc class.

Further wins were produced in the KTM British Junior Cup with Chris Taylor winning race one while Kevin Keyes scored a fourth place finish. Keyes then won the second outing, while Taylor crashed out of the leading group during the last lap of the race.

SHARK riders Taylor, Keyes and Thomas Strudwick are currently second, third and fourth in the overall standings and will go to Silverstone for the final round of the season in October.

Next weekend will see SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders in action at San Marino, while the next round of British Superbike Championship will take place at Assen, the Netherlands on 18-20 September.

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Fifth victory of the season for Johann Zarco in Silverstone’s drama

Over the weekend SHARK’s supported MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders were in action at Silverstone (England) for the 12th round of the 2015 season. On race day rainy weather conditions led to dramatic and tense races in all three categories.

In Moto2 Johann Zarco impressed once again after a masterful ride with wet tyres on a drying track. The Frenchman crossed the finish line with a +3.360 gap, securing his fifth win of the season and his 11th podium in a row. Zarco is still leading the championship standings and now leads by a healthy 85 points.

Meanwhile, Sam Lowes had a more complicated outing at his home race. After a fantastic start to his weekend, Lowes was on pole position, but struggled with the feeling on his Speed Up machine during the whole race and eventually crossed the finish line in sixth position.

The MotoGP class saw the race delayed for 30-minutes and was declared wet after heavy rain during the starting grid procedure. SHARK supported Scott Redding was the best of the Brits this weekend as he scored the best MotoGP result of his career, finishing sixth in front of his home fans. Aleix Espargaro managed to finish in the top-ten for his first wet race aboard the Suzuki GSX-RR, as he crossed the finish line in ninth position.

In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira finished in the points crossing the line in 13th place

The 13th MotoGP round of the season takes place in two weeks time (11-13 September) at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy.

Next weekend (4-6 September), the British Superbike Championship and its support classes will head to Cheshire for round nine of the series at Oulton Park.

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Johann Zarco takes his fourth win at Brno

This weekend SHARK’s supported riders were in action for the 11th round of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships at Brno in the Czech Republic.

Johann Zarco once again dominated the Moto2 class taking pole position and successfully winning his fourth race of the season, setting a new record of ten consecutive podiums. The championship leader now has 224 points – extending his lead by 79 points. Zarco could be crowned Moto2 Champion at Philip Island in Australia in five-rounds time, if the gap isn’t reduced.

It was a tough weekend for Sam Lowes after experiencing huge crashes and technical issues during the free practices and qualifying. Lowes had better luck during the race, securing an impressive fifth position finish.

In MotoGP Aleix Espargaro finished in the top-ten, after having a few issues finding the right set-up with his Suzuki machine, he eventually crossed the finish line in a solid ninth place. Scott Redding finished 12th securing important championship points.

In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira set the fastest lap during the race and was fighting for a podium finish. The Portuguese-rider eventually finished eighth, just one second behind the race winner. He is currently fourth in the overall standings.

The next round of the MotoGP championship takes place 28-30 August at Silverstone, in the UK.

Johann Zarco:

« This weekend I had a good feeling from the start. I felt comfortable on the bike at all times, riding well with both a full and empty fuel tank. The race was not easy, as I had a lead of between 6 tenths and 1 second, which is a good advantage but far from definitive. I had to be very focused and on the final laps I was able to extend the gap to take the victory. I am very happy with the win and for having extended the lead in the standings, which is very important to me. I do not look at the statistics because I am fortunate to have a team behind me who make me concentrate on what really matters. I want to thank them, and now we will focus on Silverstone. »

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Podium joy for Johann Zarco at Indianapolis

This weekend SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders returned from their summer break as the tenth round of the championship took place at Indianapolis in the USA. It was a mixed day on Sunday with heat and humidity at the 4,170km Indy circuit for SHARK’s supported riders.

In Moto2 Johann Zarco who qualified in eighth position, successfully managed to finish the race on the podium, taking second position. The current championship leader has extended his lead by 71 points. Meanwhile Sam Lowes crashed out of contention; unhurt, while in sixth position trying to make up places and get into the lead group.

In MotoGP Scott Redding finished 13th after a challenging 27-lap race and Aleix Espargaro took 14th place. It was a mixed and rain-affected Moto3 race for Miguel Oliveira who started the 23-laps from second position and eventually crossed the line 15th.

The next round of the MotoGP championship takes place 14-16 August at Brno in the  Czech Republic.

Johann Zarco:

« The hardest thing was the choice of tyres before the race. In the end we chose slicks and it was curious that everyone else also opted for them. At first I went carefully, but seeing it was dry I felt comfortable and I pushed to the fullest. I was afraid that Rins was going to escape, but in the end it didn’t happen. We also knew that Dominique is very strong and is difficult to overtake. I think in the end, the difference with Rins was on the straight. I tried to catch him but it was not possible. In any case, we have more points for the title fight and it was like a victory, as I started eighth and finished second. See you in the Czech Republic! »

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Successful weekend for SHARK riders with 11 podiums at Cadwell Park

Over the weekend the eighth round of the British Superbike championship and its support classes took place at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. It was a successful weekend for SHARK’s supported riders with three victories and 11 podium finishes secured.

In the MCE British Superbike class Danny Buchan qualified on the front row, with a second place on the grid, but he had a difficult start and crashed out of race one, unhurt, while he was trying to make up positions. In race two Buchan finished within the top-ten in eighth position. James Westmoreland finished 13th in race one and had a solid race in the second outing finishing ninth. Fellow SHARK-supported Lee Jackson finished his weekend just outside of the top-ten in 12th and 11th places.

The British Supersport class saw Kyle Ryde successfully take two podium finishes, he was second in the Sprint race and third in Sunday’s race. After another strong weekend Ryde remains second in the championship standings, just 37 points from the overall lead. Luke Hedger enjoyed another weekend in the top-ten finishing eighth and sixth. Josh Daley was also successful with a podium finish in the EVO class in the Supersport race and a 15th place overall.

Josh Elliot was victorious in the Superstock 1000 class and increased his lead in the overall standings with a 22-point gap. Dominic Usher and Ashley Beech both finished in the top-ten, taking eighth and ninth places. Another SHARK podium, this time for Jordan Weaving in the Superstock 600 race, who finished second.

In the Motostar 125 championship race there was a SHARK 1-2-3 on the podium in race one, with Cameron Horsman on top of the rostrum, followed by Josh Owens. Owens had another great performance as he went on to win the second race. The first Motorstar race saw another podium finish with Charlie Nesbitt on the third step.

The KTM British Junior Cup saw another rostrum finish with Chris Taylor second in race one and winner in the second race. Kevin Keyes finished fifth in the first race. Taylor is second in the overall standings, followed by fellow SHARK-supported Keyes and Thomas Strudwick.

The ninth round of British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park for the first triple-header event of the series on 4-6 September

Meanwhile, at Oschersleben, Germany, Honda Racing’s Julien Da Costa and Freddy Foray took part in the Oschersleben 8 Hours, which was the third and penultimate round of the Endurance World Championship. SHARK’s Da Costa and Foray eventually managed to finish fifth after a very eventful race.

They will be back in action for last round of the FIM EWC Championship at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on 19-20 September, for the Bol d’Or 24-hour race.

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Podiums galore at Thruxton for SHARK men

This weekend the seventh round of the British Superbike championship and its support classes took place at Thruxton in Hampshire, which saw podiums aplenty for SHARK’s supported riders. The World Superbike championship also continued from Sepang in Malaysia.

In the first British Superbike outing of the day James Westmoreland took his first ever Superbike podium in third place, unfortunately a mechanical issue in race two halted Westmoreland’s chances of a second rostrum finish. Lee Jackson had impressive pace in race two, finishing ninth after starting from the back of the grid.

The British Supersport class saw Kyle Ryde on the rostrum second in the sprint race on Saturday and a fifth place followed on Sunday. Ryde is second in the championship standings, 28 points behind the leader. Luke Hedger enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten finishing seventh and fifth.

More podiums were collected in the Superstock 1000 class with Josh Elliott second and Alex Olsen third. The Superstock 600 race saw Joe Francis just off the podium in fourth place, with Bradley Ray seventh and Jordan Weaving eighth.

The Motostar championship saw another rostrum finish for Charlie Nesbitt who placed second in race two, Nesbitt finished the first race fourth. SHARK’s Josh Owens in race one and Cameron Horsman in race two won each of the 125 races.

More wins and podiums came in the KTM British Junior Cup with SHARK’s young stars shining; Kevin Keyes won the first race and followed up with two-second place finishes. Josh Owens took the podium third spot in race two and Chris Taylor was victorious in race three. Oliver O’Flaherty finished race one fourth.

The British Superbike championship now has a little break before heading to Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire on 21-23 August.

Meanwhile in Malaysia at the Sepang circuit SHARK’s World Superbike championship riders battled hot temperatures for the tenth round of the series. Sylvain Guintoli finished both races in fourth place, recording his best result of the season.

Tom Sykes led race one for 11 of the 16 laps, posting a new lap record time of 2’03.54 on the second lap before he was forced to slow near the end with traction issues, finishing the race fifth. Unfortunately in race two Sykes was involved in a first corner incident colliding with another rider. Able to continue albeit dropping places, he then fell trying to make up positions. Restarting from the back the SHARK rider fought hard and secured 14th place and two points towards the championship.

Fellow SHARK supported Alex Lowes finished sixth and eighth, while Lowes’s team-mate Randy De Puniet finished his weekend 12th and 13th.

The World Superbike championship now has a long break over the summer and will return to Europe on 18-20 September at the 4.423km Jerez circuit in Spain.

James Westmoreland:

Obviously the mechanical in race two is unfortunate, as I thought I had the pace for another rostrum as my best lap was actually about 0.75s faster than it was in the opening race. Regardless of that though, it’s racing, we proved we’re fast and I’m still smiling. I’m walking away from here with my first ever BSB podium and that feeling is incredible!

It’s been a really tough start to the year, but the team have stuck by me throughout. They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them and the bike today was absolutely faultless. We’ve worked well all weekend and I woke up this morning ready to show everyone what we can do!

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SHARK podiums in the USA and the UK

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.

Tom Sykes:
« 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. »