This weekend's racing in the BSB EVO, British Superbike and Superstock 1000 championships has been lashed with wind and rain at Knockhill.
The team’s Superstock 1000 rider, Richard Cooper, took second place, hot on the heels of his race win at Thruxton, in an exciting race which was red flagged early as the rain began to fall. Cooper’s second place moves him up into third position in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship.
In the first of the day’s two British Superbike and BSB-EVO races, BMW S 1000 RR racer John Laverty brought his bike home in 18th position, with team mate and BSB-EVO racer Barry Burrell finishing inside the top five in class and 19th overall.
The second race of the day race was slowed with the safety car going out twice following early crashes. John Laverty fought up to run in 10th place but experienced problems with his bike's fuel pump late in the race, slowing his impressive pace. Barry Burrell finished fourth BSB-EVO rider and 17th overall, with John crossing the line in 23rd place.
The team’s second Superbike rider, Ian Lowry, suffered from technical issues which weren't resolved in time for him to race today.
Stuart Hicken, team principal, said: “We've not had very much luck this weekend. But Richard delivered a great result with his second place finish, which takes him up to third position in the Superstock 1000 championship. Barry took another two top-five BSB-EVO finishes and some very welcome points, keeping him in in the title fight. John's fight in the second race came close to putting him in the top ten, showing just what the bike can do.
"Unfortunately we had a few problems with Ian's bike which we didn't get resolved in time for the races today. But we're optimistic, we're steadily making progress and we've proved that in Superbike trim, the bike can get into the top ten. We're looking forward to racing at the brand new Snetterton Circuit in a fortnight's time - where hopefully luck will be on our side."
The next race of the season will be the revised Snetterton 300 circuit in two weeks time.
Superstock 1000 race results
1) Tristan Palmer (GBmoto Honda)
2) Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
3) Danny Buchan (MSS Colchester Kawasaki)
4) Adam Jenkinson (Padgetts Honda)
5) Howie Mainwaring (MSS Colchester Kawasaki)
Superstock 1000 championship standings
1) 104 pts - Tristan Palmer (GBmoto Honda)
2) 97 pts - Danny Buchan (MSS Colchester Kawasaki)
3) 79 pts - Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
4) 61 pts - Jason O'Halloran (HM Plant Honda)
5) 39 pts - Luke Quigley (Astro Racing BMW)
BSB-EVO race one results
1) Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
2) Simon Andrews (PR Racing Kawasaki)
3) Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)
4) Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)
5) Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
BSB-EVO race two results
1) Simon Andrews (PR Racing Kawasaki)
2) Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)
3) Patric Muff (Tyco Honda)
4) Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
5) Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
BSB-EVO championship standings
1) 161 pts - Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
2) 145 pts - Alex Lowes
3) 139 pts - Simon Andrews (PR Racing Kawasaki)
4) 134 pts - Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
5) 129 pts - Patric Muff (Tyco Honda)