Hobbs Loses Ground At Oulton Hobbs Racing rider Dennis Hobbs endured further frustration when his bid to regain the lead of the THINK! British Superbike Cup was thwarted by clutch problems in the second of yesterday's 18 lap races held at ...
Hobbs Loses Ground At Oulton
Hobbs Racing rider Dennis Hobbs endured further frustration when his bid to regain the lead of the THINK! British Superbike Cup was thwarted by clutch problems in the second of yesterday's 18 lap races held at Oulton Park.
Aboard his Scott Leathers sponsored Suzuki, the 21 year old from Guisborough recorded his fourth consecutive second place in the opening race around the Cheshire circuit despite problems in qualifying which has relegated him to row five of the grid.
But any hopes of an inaugural victory this season went when the clutch failed on the warm up lap leaving Hobbs to try to nurse the ailing machine home around the demanding track. However, despite a brave bid, the unit gave up the ghost completely with just six laps to go which resulted in Dennis' first non finish of the season.
"I knew it wouldn't make it but I was determined not to give in until the clutch did" commented Hobbs. "There's still a long way to go in the championship and although this is a setback, it's not a disaster" said Dennis.
To make matters worse, main championship rival James Ellison (Yamaha) took his second successive double victory in front of yet another massive BSB crowd to move 31 points clear going into the next round at Mondello Park in Ireland in three weeks time.
Hobbs is still second, eight points ahead of fellow Suzuki rider Jon Kirkham with 18 races still to go.
<pre> THINK! Superbike Championship Cup Standings (after Round 4) 1. James Ellison Yamaha 158 pts 2. Dennis Hobbs Hobbs Racing Suzuki 127 pts 3. John Kirkham Suzuki 119 pts 4. James Buckingham Suzuki 92 pts 5. Sam Corke Suzuki 83 pts 6. Chris Martin Suzuki 70 pts