BSB: Ducati Silverstone summary

British Superbike Championship -- Round 1 -- Silverstone, Northants -- 27/28 March Fourth and Fifth for Emmett, Whilst Laverty gets Third MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett got his season off to a start by scoring a fifth and a fourth place...

British Superbike Championship -- Round 1 -- Silverstone, Northants -- 27/28 March

Fourth and Fifth for Emmett, Whilst Laverty gets Third

MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett got his season off to a start by scoring a fifth and a fourth place respectively at the opening round of the British Superbike Championship in front of a 23,500 crowd at Silverstone today.

The first race was marred with damp weather at the start, which meant a tough tyre choice for all the teams. Emmett led the race for the first couple of laps but then dropped back as he struggled with the track conditions, to end up in fifth place at the end of the 22 laps.

Race two saw the 34 year old Londoner finish in fourth place aboard the VK Vodka Kick and Cetelem (UK) supported Ducati 999 F04, after leading early on, but scored more important points in the 26 race series.

"I would have been satisfied with two rostrums today, but now I'll have to be satisfied with a fourth and fifth instead. This circuit suits the four cylinder bikes but it is a difficult for the twin cylinder bikes, especially with it being a new bike as well. We've got some data from here and we can build on that and also the next round is at Brands Hatch which is a completely different circuit. There's only one real corner here but I've got two finishes and we're 17 points off the lead, but there is still a long way to go yet" said Emmett.

Team mate Michael Laverty scored an impressive third place in his first race aboard the Ducati 749 Supersport machine. The 22 year old from County Antrim enjoyed a race long battle to score 16 points and claim his third place in the Championship.

"I'm happy enough with the result but disappointed that I wasn't closer to Karl Harris who won the race. But considering how things have gone this weekend I am pretty pleased with the result. We will get the bike set up better for Brands Hatch and start the challenge from there" said Laverty.

Penrith-based team boss Paul Bird was pleased with his team's overall results.

"That's a good start. We knew it was going to be tough and it definitely has been. The weather didn't help in the first race, but overall that was two good starts. It's a difficult circuit for the Ducati here at Silverstone but we're happy enough. The Supersport result was perfect -- top three was better than we could ask for" said Bird.

Superbike Race One Result
1, Michael Rutter (Honda) 36m18.615s, 2, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +2.874s, 3, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +21.065s, 4, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +33.099s, 5, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +45.732s, 6, Marty Nutt (Yamaha) +50.747s, 7, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +51.751s, 8, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +51.808s, 9, Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +53.367s, 10, Craig Coxhell (Honda) +1m01.019s.

Superbike Race Two Result
1, John Reynolds (Suzuki) 32m10.864s, 2, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +0.510s, 3, Michael Rutter (Honda) +1.340s, 4, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +12.504s, 5, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +17.619s, 6, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +22.764s, 7, Stuart Easton (Ducati) +36.684s, 8, Gary Mason (Yamaha) +43.615s, 9, Steve Plater (Yamaha) +57.525s, 10, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +59.826s.

Supersport Race Result
1, Karl Harris (Honda) 30m24.585s, 2, Craig Jones (Triumph) +2.708s, 3, Michael Laverty (MonsterMob Ducati) +3.002s, 4, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +5.571s, 5, Leon Camier (Honda) +10.240s, 6, Kieran Murphy (Honda) +11.248s, 7, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +17.950s, 8, Jay Vincent (Honda) +26.889s, 9, Adrian Coates (Suzuki) +33.820s, 10, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +35.092s.

Superbike Championship Standings (after Round 1)
1, Michael Rutter (Honda) 41 pts
1, John Reynolds (Suzuki) 41 pts
3, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 40 pts
4, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) 24 pts
5, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) 21 pts
6, Dean Thomas (Ducati) 19 pts
7, Stuart Easton (Ducati) 14 pts
8, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) 13 pts
9, Craig Coxhell (Honda) 12 pts
10, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) 11 pts

Supersport Championship Standings (after Round 1)
1, Karl Harris (Honda) 25 pts
2, Craig Jones (Triumph) 20 pts
3, Michael Laverty (MonsterMob Ducati) 16 pts
4, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) 13 pts
5, Leon Camier (Honda) 11 pts
6, Kieran Murphy (Honda) 10 pts
7, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 9 pts
8, Jay Vincent (Honda) 8 pts
9, Adrian Coates (Suzuki) 7 pts
10, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) 6 pts

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Series Other bike
Drivers Jay Vincent , Pere Riba , Glen Richards , Yukio Kagayama , Michael Rutter , Gary Mason , Scott Smart , Sean Emmett , Dean Thomas , Steve Plater , John Reynolds , Craig Jones , Tom Sykes , Adrian Coates , Stuart Easton , Tommy Hill , Craig Coxhell , Karl Harris , Marty Nutt , Michael Laverty , Ryuichi Kiyonari , Cal Crutchlow , Leon Camier , Paul Bird