It was round 6 of the BSB last weekend at the new Snetterton 300 circuit, with all the new bends combined with scintillating straights it would shape up to be a great BSB race.Samsung Crescent Racing’s John Hopkins took a win and a podium from the inaugural BSB meeting at the Snetterton 300 circuit that weekend. With the highest points tally of any rider on the day, Hopkins strengthened his position in the 2011 British Superbikes Championship and after six of 12 rounds is second to Shane Byrne by a gap of 19 points, but significantly is just one point behind on podium credits.
His team-mate Jon Kirkham struggled with grip issues in both races. He battled these to record a hard-earned sixth place in race one (just 5.5-seconds behind winner Hopkins), but crashed out of the restarted race two while trying to recover from a slow start. Kirham has dropped to ninth place in the championship but with the lower leader board positions being so tight he in fact only lies seven points outside the important top-six ‘Title Fighters’ (that go on to battle for the championship over the final three rounds).
Another Pipercross supported team Kawasaki British Superbike team MSS Colchester Kawasaki had a tough weekend at their home circuit with tyre wear and a mechanical failure casting a cloud over a weekend that promised much. However a stunning double podium in the Superstock race to help Danny Buchan back into the series lead helped to ease the team’s frustration and provided the crowds with the race of the day.
With MSS Colchester Kawasaki Superbike riders Alex Lowes and Gary Mason lining up next to each other on the third row of the grid after a tough qualifying, the team were confident that the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R had the race pace to run at the front in the race. Unfortunately, despite the intervention of a safety car, both riders suffered from excessive tyre wear, dropping them down the order and unable to build on their fast initial race pace.
Race two promised better fortune with Alex starting in an improved second row position, but a rare mechanical failure ruled him out of the race which unfortunately left fluid on the track which caused a race stoppage. Gary went on to secure a hard fought eleventh in the resulting shortened nine lap race.
After these results Pipercross still have 4 riders in the all important top 6. The next round heads to Oulton Park on the 15th -17th July.