Still with his eyes on the prize John Hopkins made it five podiums from his last six races after two gritty performances today at the fourth round of the 2011 British Superbikes Championship at Thruxton in Hampshire. The Samsung Crescent Racing rider fought vision problems caused by wet weather to place 4-3 in today’s races.
Hopkins’ team-mate, Jon Kirkham, was forced out of race one with set-up problems but came back strong in race two, climbing from a P25 start position to place a worthy ninth.
Kawasaki British Superbike team MSS Colchester Kawasaki had a weekend of joy and heartbreak at Thruxton after Alex Lowes secured the team’s first ever Superbike pole position but bad luck saw his strong race pace fail to deliver the podium it deserved. However a double podium in the Superstock race helped to ease the team’s disappointment during a weekend’s racing marred by bad weather.
Having given MSS Colchester Kawasaki their first pole position in British Superbikes, Alex Lowes followed it up with two strong race performances in difficult conditions that showed how much promise the young rider has in his first outing on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Standing in for injured rider Stuart Easton, Lowes led the first race before a lack of visibility dropped him to a very creditable seventh place. Alex crashed out of the second race while chasing down leader Shane Byrne. Gary Mason had a difficult weekend, suffering electrical issues in the first race and being forced to start the second from the pit lane after suspension problems. Despite this setback, he still finished fourteenth, securing valuable championship points.
Pipercross are having a great season so far with all the teams we are sponsoring, we are currently on 5 of the 6 bikes that are in contention for the title and have been on the podium in every race since the season started. A true testament to the riders and teams we support, not to mention our top flight filters as well.