It was another great weekend for Pipercross at the 5th round of the British Super Bike series at Knockhill, with Pipercross sponsored bikes taking 4 of the 6 podiums and both the wins.Samsung Cresent Racing’s John Hopkins maintained his second place position in the 2011 British Superbike Championship after placing second in race one. After wet practice and qualifying, the days races were held in dry conditions, so there was a degree of relearning the track for Hopkins. Nonetheless he learned quickly and while being unable to challenge for the win in race one he was able to defend his second place position when under sustained attack in the closing stages. Jon Kirkham finished eighth.
The second outing proved a major disappointment for Hopkins when a rear tyre issue compromised his race from the very start and eventually led to him crashing out on lap seven. Unwittingly his team-mate Kirkham was brought down in the melee but was able to remount and battle back to 11th place.
Kawasaki British Superbike team MSS Colchester Kawasaki had a hard weekend at Knockhill after the Scottish circuit continued to live up to its reputation of supplying changeable weather and challenging racing. Despite the conditions Superstock rider Danny Buchan retained his unbroken podium record and Superbike rider Gary Mason displayed a run of fine form.
Having gained his first BSB podium a few rounds earlier, MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Gary Mason qualified his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in third place during a wet session at Knockhilland followed it up with a strong performance and a fourth place finish in the first race. Despite being run wide in the second race, Gary recovered and secured another top six finish with a spirited ride. New signing Alex Lowes, who has been confirmed as injured rider Stuart Easton’s replacement for the rest of the season, had a tough round after crashing out of the first race and opting not to compete in the second due to injury.
The Swan Yamaha team celebrated their first double victory at the fifth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Knockhill as Tommy Hill took a clean sweep of wins whilst Michael Laverty scored a podium in the second race of the day.
Hill took a commanding lead from the pole position in the first race to lead from start to finish securing his second race victory of the season after fighting back from his shoulder injury sustained at round two. Laverty meanwhile had to claw his way through the field from twelfth on the opening lap to finish sixth in race one. In the second race Hill held off championship leader Shane Byrne to become the first rider to score a winning double this season whilst Laverty took a strong third place for his title bid.
- Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 172
- John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) 141
- Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 120
- Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) 95
- Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 89
- Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 84
The top six riders after round 9 at CadwellPark will advance into the final where they will fight it out to become the BSB Champion. With 4 of the Top 6 riders all using Pipercross we wish our teams and riders all the best for the next round at Snetterton 300 on the 1st-3rd July.