Double Podium for MonsterMob at Donington Out-going British Superbike Champions MonsterMob Ducati ended the 2004 season in style when both Sean Emmett and Michael Laverty finished on the rostrum at Donington Park today. Superbike rider Sean...
Double Podium for MonsterMob at Donington
Out-going British Superbike Champions MonsterMob Ducati ended the 2004 season in style when both Sean Emmett and Michael Laverty finished on the rostrum at Donington Park today.
Superbike rider Sean Emmett followed up his fifth place finish in race one with his ninth rostrum of the season in third in race two as he maintained his end of season form.
As a result the 34 year old Londoner clinched fifth position in the Think! British Superbike Championship for the Paul Bird Motorsport team.
"It's a good end to the year. It's been a difficult season but I think everyone has learned from it and we've all been very professional. It's so nice and fitting after all the hard work and problems we have had to end the year on the rostrum" said Emmett.
Also making it a day for celebration was Supersport rider Michael Laverty who claimed a superb second place after a titanic battle around the Leicestershire circuit.
The young Ulsterman made a daring last lap pass on a number of rivals to clinch runner up spot and in doing so consolidated his third place in the Championship.
"My arm pumped up mid race and I had to ease the pace a bit to try to get some feeling back. I couldn't ride 100% but I managed to put a bit of a spurt on at the end. I'm not too disappointed considering the problems I had in the middle of the race but a win would have been nicer" said Laverty.
Team owner Paul Bird was happy with both his riders' performances at the final meeting of the year.
"Our Crew Chief Phil Borley has kept his 100% reliability record once again. It's been a good day. We were hoping for two rostrums from the Superbike but we'll settle for one each. Both riders rode well. It's a good end to the season for the team and the sponsors and we vow to bounce back next year" said Bird.
Superbike Race One Result
1, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 32m05.596s, 2, Michael Rutter (Honda) +10.981s, 3, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +12.559s, 4, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +15.169s, 5, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +16.223s, 6, Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +20.760s, 7, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +27.233s, 8, James Haydon (Yamaha) +33.589s, 9, Gary Mason (Yamaha) +39.785s, 10, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +39.873s.
Superbike Race Two Result
1, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 30m57.801s, 2, Michael Rutter (Honda) +11.862s, 3, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +23.062s, 4, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +24.194s, 5, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +24.521s, 6, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +26.271s, 7, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +27.184s, 8, James Haydon (Yamaha) +33.864s, 9, James Ellison (Yamaha) +34.186s, 10, Steve Plater (Yamaha) +37.151s.
Supersport Race Result
1, Craig Jones (Triumph) 29m00.659s, 2, Michael Laverty (MonsterMob Ducati) +0.417s, 3, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +0.797s, 4, Jay Vincent (Honda) +0.880s, 5, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +1.094s, 6, Karl Harris (Honda) +2.731s, 7, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +8.577s, 8, Paul Young (Honda) +11.489s, 9, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) +16.350s, 10, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) +18.433s.