Corser seventh as Walker crashes out of Silverstone race one Chris Walker's run of misfortune continued in the first race of round six of the Superbike World Championship at Silverstone today when an engine problem caused him to crash out as ...
Corser seventh as Walker crashes out of Silverstone race one
Chris Walker's run of misfortune continued in the first race of round six of the Superbike World Championship at Silverstone today when an engine problem caused him to crash out as team-mate Troy Corser clinched a creditable seventh place.
The Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders were neck and neck in the early stages of the race after Walker, suffering from three broken ribs following a crash yesterday, had stormed from 13th on the grid to seventh place by the end of the first lap.
But the engine failure caused Chris's bike to lock up in a low-side crash, in which he suffered no further injury.
Troy found himself in the unusual position being held up by the factory Ducati bike of James Toseland, the championship leader, but was powerless to resist the challenge of a host of other Ducatis through the faster sections of the circuit. When Toseland crashed out, though, Troy was able to improve his lap times.
Troy said: "I didn't get a bad start and went round the outside of everyone round turn one. Then James was slowing me up in all the corners and at one point I almost went off the track when I tried to take him round the outside. But I couldn't get past him in the slower sections and he would always pull away down the straights. That allowed the likes of Martin and McCoy to catch me and come past on the straights but, after James crashed, I was running the same lap times as them and I think I could have stayed with them. But I am reasonably happy with seventh, which is where I expected us to be here, and I'll try a couple of changes for the afternoon."
Chris said: "I got a really good start and got up to where I should have been on the grid. I was right behind Troy when the bike locked up and low sided. Obviously I'm more than disappointed."
Noriyuki Haga secured his third win of the season in a thrilling last lap, when he dived under Chris Vermeulen in the penultimate corner.