Croft Disaster for Team MonsterMob It was a day to forget for MonsterMob Ducati in round ten of the THINK! British Superbike Championship after neither Superbike rider Sean Emmett nor Supersport rider Michael Laverty made it onto the rostrum at...
Croft Disaster for Team MonsterMob
It was a day to forget for MonsterMob Ducati in round ten of the THINK! British Superbike Championship after neither Superbike rider Sean Emmett nor Supersport rider Michael Laverty made it onto the rostrum at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire today.
The Cumbrian-based team arrived at their local circuit with great expectations after Emmett had recorded fastest time in last week's test aboard the 999F04 and Laverty had planted the 749 on the front row of the grid but it wasn't to be for the Paul Bird team in front of a massive crowd.
34 year old Londoner Emmett managed seventh place in race one from a disappointing qualifying start of twelfth on the grid but any hopes of redeeming himself in race two went as he was adjudged to have jumped the start and endured a ride through penalty which had him down in 20th place at one point. However, Emmett managed to battle his way up to 11th at the flag but admitted it was a disappointing weekend.
"It's been a very frustrating weekend, although I have ridden really hard. I was doing the same lap times as the top guys but because of qualifying down the grid there wasn't much I could do about it as I had riders in front of me, its just one of those things. I made a gamble in race two and just thought I would anticipate the lights because if I could have got into the top five anything could have happened, but it just wasn't meant to be"
Meanwhile team mate Michael Laverty was leading the British Supersport race when he crashed out on lap two.
"I'm so disappointed. I don't know what happened there but I put the power on and I think there was a bump on the corner or something, and it just spun and there was nothing I could do about it. I felt very comfortable leading the race and I thought I could have had that one"
Paul Bird was unhappy with the day's proceedings and had the following to say:
"That was a disappointing day especially with it being our local circuit. We came here with high expectations and are leaving disappointed. I am definitely not very happy"
Superbike Race One Result
1, Michael Rutter (Honda) 30m10.136s, 2, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +0.836s, 3, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +2.610s, 4, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +3.963s, 5, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +7.203s, 6, James Haydon (Yamaha) +18.373s, 7, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +21.033s, 8, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +21.831s, 9, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +25.395s, 10, John McGuinness (Kawasaki) +35.911s.
Superbike Race Two Result
1, Michael Rutter (Honda) 30m08.942s, 2, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +1.991s, 3, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +2.912s, 4, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +11.722s, 5, James Haydon (Yamaha) +16.491s, 6, Gary Mason (Yamaha) +24.979s, 7, John McGuinness (Kawasaki) +26.204s, 8, Craig Coxhell (Honda) +27.568s, 9, James Ellison (Yamaha) +37.061s, 10, Steve Plater (Yamaha) +37.183s, 11, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +44.022s.
Supersport Race Result
1, Jay Vincent (Honda) 28m17.303s, 2, Leon Camier (Honda) +1.240s, 3, Karl Harris (Honda) +7.116s, 4, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +8.726s, 5, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) +13.659s, 6, Adrian Coates (Suzuki) +15.470s, 7, Matt Llewellyn (Ducati) +15.743s, 8, Stuart Easton (Ducati) +21.402s, 9, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +21.659s, 10, Jamie Robinson (Yamaha) +26.301s.
<pre> THINK! Superbike Championship Standings (after Round 20) 1, John Reynolds (Suzuki) 362 pts 2, Michael Rutter (Honda) 312 pts 3, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) 276 pts 4, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) 249 pts 5, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) 240 pts 6, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 150 pts 7, Dean Thomas (Ducati) 132 pts 7, James Haydon (Yamaha) 132 pts 9, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) 105 pts 10, Gary Mason (Yamaha) 95 pts
Supersport Championship Standings (after Round 10) 1, Karl Harris Honda 197 pts 2, Michael Laverty MonsterMob Ducati 145 pts 3, Jay Vincent Honda 142 pts 4, Pere Riba Kawasaki 101 pts 5, Leon Camier Honda 85 pts 6, Luke Quigley Suzuki 81 pts 7, Simon Andrews Yamaha 76 pts 8, Tom Sykes Suzuki 67 pts 9, Cal Crutchlow Honda 57 pts 10, Craig Jones Triumph 49 pts 10, Paul Young Honda 49 pts