BSB: Ducati Brands Hatch race summary

Emmett Wins at Brands Amidst what looked at one point to be a disaster, MonsterMob Ducati riders Sean Emmett and Michael Laverty salvaged a pair of creditable results in front of a massive Bank Holiday crowd at Brands Hatch today. British...

Emmett Wins at Brands

Amidst what looked at one point to be a disaster, MonsterMob Ducati riders Sean Emmett and Michael Laverty salvaged a pair of creditable results in front of a massive Bank Holiday crowd at Brands Hatch today.

British Superbike star Emmett overcame a first race crash to bounce back with his first win of the 2004 campaign in race two whilst Laverty had to battle through from a row five start to claim sixth place in the British Supersport race to move into second place in the series.

Superbike race one saw 34 year old Emmett crash out at the start of lap two at Paddock Hill bend whilst well placed after a front end slide but the pole position setter defied the pain barrier of a suspected broken finger to claim an emotional start to finish victory at his local track in the day's second outing.

As a result, the Londoner moved into fourth in the series after four of the scheduled twenty-six races aboard the Silkolene, VK Vodka Kick and Cetelem (UK) supported Ducati 999 F04.

"I don't think I have ever been so disappointed to win a race. I'm relieved and really happy for the team because it's the least they deserve but I am just desperately disappointed. I had visions of doing the double here after being so strong all weekend but that's racing though. It's a win and it's what the team needs and it shows the Ducati is still a very strong package and if I can win injured like that, just watch out when I'm feeling fit! Its Snetterton next which is another one of my favourite circuits and I've done the double there. Everyone has their share of bad luck and hopefully I've now had mine. I'll just keep my head down and hopefully I can peg the points back from here" said Emmett.

22 year old team mate, Michael Laverty looked as if a good result was not on the cards but a spirited performance from the Ulsterman netted him some more important points.

The Toomebridge rider struggled with grip aboard the Ducati 749 Supersport bike amidst an incident packed race which saw the safety car out for three laps mid race.

"That was a race of survival for me. I couldn't get the grip down and I was just spinning everywhere. I can't believe I've salvaged sixth place as I was only riding at 80%" said Laverty.

Team boss, Paul Bird was happy with the end results.

"Sean did a sterling job in the second race and showed his true character. It's nice to be back on the top step as I was beginning to forget what it was like. It will be a long battle though. Michael also did a good job as we took a bit of a gamble with the tyres and he struggled for grip. I'm happy that he's got second position in the championship as we haven't got him going yet and hopefully we will see some improvements over the next few meetings."

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Series Other bike
Drivers Sean Emmett , Michael Laverty , Paul Bird