The British Superbike championship and its support classes travelled to Knockhill in Scotland this weekend for the fifth round of the series. It was a successful outing for SHARK’s supported riders at the 2.045km Scottish circuit, with wins, podiums and top-ten finishes collected throughout the championships.
In the Motorpoint British Supersport championship, Kyle Ryde took his second win of the year holding off Glen Irwin and lap record holder Jake Dixon. In the first race on Saturday, Ryde placed third on the podium – 3.9 seconds behind the winner. The young-Brit is currently second in the overall standings, just one point away from leading the series. Luke Hedger also enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten placing sixth and eighth.
Meanwhile in the MCE British Superbike races, SHARK’s Danny Buchan had a positive weekend finishing both races in the top-ten in sixth and seventh places. After Buchan’s performance in the first race, he started the second BSB race from the front row of the grid in third. Lee Jackson finished his weekend in 11th place in both Superbike races while James Westmoreland took two top-ten finishes (9-8).
Further wins were produced in the KTM Junior Cup where SHARK riders dominated proceedings. Chris Taylor took the first race win, placed seventh in race two, had a DNF in the third outing, but finished the weekend second in the fourth race. Tom Strudwick took victories in the second and fourth races, and finished both race one and three again on the podium in second, while Kevin Keyes won the third race over Strudwick. Keyes also placed second on the podium in the second race and finished race one seventh after a jump-start saw him receive a 20-second penalty. Keyes completed his weekend fifth in the final race.
Following his win at the previous round Josh Elliott secured the victory in the National Superstock 1000 race, boosting his championship lead by 37-points. Fellow SHARK supported Jess Traylor came home fourth, Alex Olsen fifth, and Nick Anderson finished 11th. The National Superstock 600 race saw Joe Francis place sixth, Jordan Weaving eighth and Brad Ray cross the line tenth.
Josh Owens further boosted his championship lead in the Motostar 125GP standings, winning both races and now leads by a healthy 74-points. Meanwhile Charlie Nesbitt finished the Motostar Moto3 races in fifth and eighth, while Joe Thomas came home tenth and suffered a DNF in race two.
The British Superbike championship will return at Brands Hatch for round six on 17-19 July.
This coming weekend Freddy Foray and Julién da Costa will be back in action with the Honda Racing Endurance Team for the 24-hours of Catalunya in Spain, and the MotoGP championship continues with the ninth round at the Sachsenring, in Germany.