Foggy PETRONAS Racing maintain progress in Germany
Craig Jones scored his first Superbike World Championship points as Foggy PETRONAS Racing continued their late season progress with team-mate Steve Martin securing points in both races at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany.
The young British rider held off a late charge by Troy Corser, who was given a ride through penalty for a jump start, to finish the second race in 13th place and secure three points.
Steve maintained an impressive recent string of results with 12th in race two, following his 14th place on the PETRONAS FP1 in the opening race of the day.
Yukio Kagayama emerged victorious from a three-way battle with Nori Haga and Troy Corser, after championship leader Troy Bayliss threw away a commanding lead in race one. James Toseland led from start to finish in a closely fought second race.
Craig, who changed to a softer rear tyre in the afternoon after finishing 18th in the opener, made an excellent start to the second race and was just two places behind Steve in 16th place at the first split. The pair maintained consistent lap times throughout the race and steadily picked up places as other riders perished.
Craig said: "I am really chuffed to score points against the odds - it's what everyone in the team deserves. I was aiming for one point and ended up with three. It was a goal I needed to achieve before the end of the season and the last two rounds are at circuits that I don't know. I was further back on the grid than I expected to be, but Chili pulled off so that put us up to the fifth row and I got a great start. I had no idea who was catching me towards the end but I just pushed and pushed. It was a tough race but, while there was not as much feel from the softer rear tyre, the grip lasted a lot longer. I had a reasonable start to the first race and was sensible for the first couple of corners but then Clementi crashed straight in front of me so I had to brake hard and lost the tow off the group in front. I thought the hardest tyre would come back at the end of the race, but it actually worsened. I was catching the three Kawasakis in the first 10 laps and I got into a good, comfortable rhythm until the tyre deteriorated."
Steve said: "I am happy to come away from the last four races in the points. It was unfortunate that we changed to a harder front tyre for the second race because it was chattering and I couldn't push really hard through the turns, or brake as late. So I more or less had to circulate and maintain the gap behind me. But it just goes to show that, with a little luck, we are capable of finishing in the points. I was really aggressive and did everything right at the start of race one but this is a power circuit and the difference was soon obvious. But we now end up at two of my strongest circuits so we are looking for a strong finish to the season."