Emmett Misses out on Podium at Oulton Park MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett scored two solid fourth places in the penultimate round of the Think! British Superbike Championship at a windswept Oulton Park today. The 34 year old Londoner...
Emmett Misses out on Podium at Oulton Park
MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett scored two solid fourth places in the penultimate round of the Think! British Superbike Championship at a windswept Oulton Park today.
The 34 year old Londoner qualified on the front row of the grid and was feeling confident for the day's two races. He was handily placed in race one when the red flag came out as rain fell at the Cheshire circuit and in the combined restart ended up missing out on the podium by a fraction of a second as he had to settle for fourth.
In race two Emmett diced with fellow Ducati rider Dean Thomas before claiming fourth place in the race.
"That was much better than we expected as we had a disaster here last time, but the improvements to the rear suspension have really improved the bike and we were able to run up there with the leaders. I just missed out on the rostrum in the first race but got the new lap record, so its been a pretty encouraging weekend and we have closed in to just 16 points from fourth place in the Championship which we will have to aim for at Donington next weekend. It's really good to be back up at the sharp end" said Emmett.
Meanwhile it was a day to forget for MonsterMob Supersport rider Michael Laverty when an electrical problem forced the young Ulsterman out on the opening lap. As a result Laverty remains in third position in the Championship standings going into the final round next weekend at Donington Park.
"I went on the rumble strips and the bike just cut out on me and I couldn't get it re-started. I was up with the leaders in about fifth place but didn't even make it to the first corner. It's so disappointing but it's just one of those things" said Laverty.
Team owner Paul Bird had the following to say about the weekend:
"That was a much better day, better than we expected with two good strong results. It's been a disappointing day for Supersport with our first mechanical breakdown all year with a mysterious electrical problem. We're looking forward to Donington next weekend."
Superbike Race One Result
1, John Reynolds (Suzuki) 29m36.353s, 2, Michael Rutter (Honda) +4.458s, 3, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +9.998s, 4, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +10.093s, 5, Steve Plater (Yamaha) +19.964s, 6, Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +20.098s, 7, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +21.188, 8, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +25.612s, 9, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +29.555, 10, Paul Brown (Ducati) +33.398s.
Superbike Race Two Result
1, John Reynolds (Suzuki) 29m33.529s, 2, Michael Rutter (Honda) +2.873s, 3, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +3.184s, 4, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +10.163s, 5, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +10.180s, 6, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +19.951s, 7, Steve Plater (Yamaha) +31.243s, 8, James Haydon (Yamaha) +31.288s, 9, Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +31.856s, 10, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +37.095s.
Supersport Race Result
1, Karl Harris (Honda) 27m04.288s, 2, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +1.848s, 3, Jay Vincent (Honda) +6.172s, 4, Leon Camier (Honda) +7.274s, 5, Craig Jones (Triumph) +9.443s, 6, Stuart Easton (Ducati) +9.766s, 7, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +12.232s, 8, Adrian Coates (Suzuki) +12.630s, 9, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +14.652s, 10, Kieran Murphy (Honda) +14.856s.