This weekend was definitely a weekend of jubilation and firsts for some of the Pipercross sponsored BSB teams, with podiums and top 10 finishes coming think and fast this season is going better than ever.With a win and two further podiums Samsung Crescent Racing have enjoyed a very successful day’s racing at the third round of the British Superbikes Championship at Croft today.
Jon Kirkham enjoyed his first win in BSB in race one, with team-mate John Hopkins placing second. In race two it was John Hopkins on the podium again, with a hard-fought third place. After three rounds of the BSB championship John Hopkins is now second in the championship standings, just three points off the leader, and Jon Kirkham is placed sixth.
In changeable conditions tyre choice was critical for race one. John Hopkinschose intermediate tyres front and rear, Jon Kirkham chose an intermediate front and slick rear. Both choices paid huge dividends as both riders found themselves able to easily pass their competitors. John Hopkins had made a breakaway early in the race, in the company of Gary Mason, but when the pace car came onto the track their gap vanished – and Jon Kirkham joined them. Once the race resumed, on a drying track, Kirkham then found advantage in his tyre choice and was able to pass the leaders and take an assured win ahead of his team-mate.
Race two started badly when Kirkham – who had started from pole – became the unwitting victim of some wild riding, crashing spectacularly out of fourth position on the first lap. Hopkins meanwhile found himself fighting for grip despite the dry conditions but resisted some determined attacks to secure his second podium of the day.
MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Gary Mason took his first ever British Superbike podium in race one. Gambling on running slick tyres in a wet race, Mason held off determined competition to take third place despite the distraction of a safety car and challenging conditions that saw the circuit fluctuate between wet and dry. Having gained confidence in the first race he then led the second for several laps before a minor technical problem saw him drop to a solid seventh place finish. Stuart Easton improved on a strong first race by taking yet another podium finish on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in race two, fighting his way through the field from a poor grid position with a gutsy ride to finish second.
With all our guys doing well this weekend the tables are looking very healthy. Below are the current standings and race results from Croft, note the Pipercross 1,2,3,4,5,6, 8,9 in race 1, outstanding!!!!
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship
Round three, Croft
Race one result:
- Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing)
- John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +2.940s
- Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +3.715s
- Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +13.335s
- Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +14.699s
- Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +19.433s
- Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +22.455s
- Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki) +24.297s
- Glen Richards (WFR Honda) +26.063s
- Tommy Bridewell (Tyco Honda) +27.747s
Race two result:
- Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda)
- Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +1.887s
- John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +2.269s
- Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki) +2.461s
- Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +5.517s
- Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +6.094s
- Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +6.748s
- Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +8.120s
- Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +8.397s
- Tommy Bridewell (Tyco Honda) +9.657s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Croft:
- Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 95
- John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) 92
- Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 89
- Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 59
- Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 57
- Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing) 55