It was a mixed weekend of results for the #FuelledByXpressCoffee stable of riders in Norfolk this weekend as the MCE British Superbike Championship moved in to it’s fourth round at the fast Snetterton 300 circuit. From the glory of a podium finish to the disappointments of DNF’s, this weekend had it all. One thing is for certain, the riders who had the more difficult times will certainly come back stronger.
In the premier British Superbike class, championship leader going in to the weekend James Ellison had his toughest races of the year so far with a mechanical issue causing him to retire from race one. That early exit left Ellison with no opportunity to post a fast lap to boost his grid slot for race two so it was a sixteenth place start for the Cumbrian, who fought hard to bring his JG Speedfit Kawasaki home in seventh place.
Mechanical issues in race one also befell Tyco Suzuki’s Michael Laverty as he was forced to retire from proceedings whist holding a strong fourth place but race two proved a happier time as he backed up his race one potential securing fourth place finish after an intense 5-way battle. A welcome double points scoring finish for Essex rider Danny Buchan will be shot in the arm for the BeWiser Kawasaki man as he continues to develop on a superbike and a race one points finish for Bennett’s Suzuki’s Josh Waters will help the Australian riders confidence as he looks to regain the form he showed in the second half of last season.
It was a tough day for the #FuelledByXpressCoffee STK1000 riders as Tom Tunstall, still recovering from injury, worked hard to score the final championship point in fifteenth place as mechanical issues once again thwarted the immense efforts of Kyle Wilks and his close-knit family team on only the second lap of the race. Both riders will come back stronger for Knockhill.
In STK600 there was joy for Jordan Weaving as he secured his best result of the season with a fifth place finish as he adapts more and more to his NMT No Limits Kawsaki ZX-6R, a strong qualifying session was the boost he needed and seized the opportunity with both hands. Still with the 600cc machines but in the British Supersport championship, TTC Yamaha’s Andy Reid took a deserved third place in Saturday’s sprint race but unfortunately couldn’t repeat the heroics in Sunday’s feature race, crashing out at the fast right-hander of Corams, sustaining a cracked heel in the process.
Xpress Coffee’s Chris Palmer said, “What a weekend of ups and downs, but that’s what racing brings and it’s how you bounce back that is important. Andy Reid’s podium was a highlight in such a fiercely competitive class as was Jordan Weaving’s progress in STK600. It was a hard weekend for James and Josh in the big class but I was pleased for Michael to continue his resurgence after a tough start and for Danny’s continued improvement.”
He continued, “The STK1000 boys had another hard weekend and you have to take your hat off to them, the determination both Tom and Kyle show is a credit to them both and I have no doubt their day will come soon enough.“