Double Podium for Team MonsterMob MonsterMob Ducati riders Sean Emmett and Michael Laverty left a soggy Knockhill in Scotland with a rostrum each after a difficult day's racing in round eight of the THINK! British Superbike Championship ...
Double Podium for Team MonsterMob
MonsterMob Ducati riders Sean Emmett and Michael Laverty left a soggy Knockhill in Scotland with a rostrum each after a difficult day's racing in round eight of the THINK! British Superbike Championship today.
With both qualifying as well as the racing interrupted by torrential rain showers, Superbike rider Sean Emmett qualified sixth whilst Supersport counterpart Michael Laverty set pole position on the 749 Ducati amidst the storms of Saturday.
But despite their best combined efforts they couldn't manage a win at the Fife circuit due to the treacherous conditions. In the opening Superbike race Emmett crashed out when another rider fell in front of him and he had to take avoiding action but he bounced back in race two with a superb second place after being denied the race win due to tangling with back markers.
"I'm just disappointed, it's been a bad day in the office. I got knocked off in the first race and I had the perfect combination of tyres on -- the same as Scott Smart who won. In the second race I worked my way from a mediocre start and caught James Haydon very quickly with three laps to go and just got my worst run of back markers I have ever had. But that's the way it goes" said Emmett who now lies in fourth position in the Championship.
Laverty's race was delayed due to a cloud burst and when eventually it got underway the young Ulsterman rode a calculated race to bring the bike home in third position to maintain his championship challenge.
"I spun off the line and dropped down to fifth or sixth and once I caught up I started to make some headway on Karl Harris but he got through the back markers better than me. I'm disappointed to lose points to Karl but happy enough to get it home and on the podium. There was nothing more I could do today in those conditions" said Laverty.
Team owner Paul Bird said the following:
"Two rostrums in such awful conditions is a credit to the riders and Sean was desperately unlucky in the first race to get brought off. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways at Mallory in a couple of weeks time" said Bird.
Bird was out in action himself over the weekend in round four of the British Rally Championship whereby he too suffered misfortune and was forced to retire whilst well placed on the Jim Clark Rally based in the Borders.
Driving the SEEMEE backed VK Ford Focus Bird and co driver Andrew Bargery overcame the slippery conditions on Friday night to lie in fifth position before charging through Saturday's stages in their pursuit of another rostrum.
But it wasn't to be for the Langwathby driver who ended up sliding off the road and into retirement after fifteen special stages.
"I'm really disappointed with no finish as I really felt I could get a good result on this event. The car was absolutely fantastic and I'm looking forward to the next event which is in the Isle of Man next month" said Bird who finished third in the Manx National Rally earlier this year.
Superbike Race One Result
1, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) 22m53.543s, 2, James Haydon (Yamaha) +18.147s, 3, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +20.532s, 4, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +34.758s, 5, Jon Kirkham (Suzuki) +50.576s, 6, Gary Mason (Yamaha) +51.395s, 7, James Ellison (Yamaha) +1 lap, 8, Iain MacPherson (Ducati) +1 lap, 9, Michael Rutter (Honda) +1 lap, 10, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +1 lap.
Superbike Race Two Result
1, James Haydon (Yamaha) 23m42.685s, 2, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) +0.420s, 3, John Reynolds (Suzuki) +1.186s, 4, Michael Rutter (Honda) +2.521s, 5, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) +11.780s, 6, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +11.959s, 7, John McGuinness (Kawasaki) +30.058s, 8, Craig Coxhell (Honda) +32.956s, 9, Dean Thomas (Ducati) +34.927s, 10, James Ellison (Yamaha) +39.958s.
Supersport Race Result
1, Paul Young (Honda) 21m56.004s, 2, Karl Harris (Honda) +9.226s, 3, Michael Laverty (MonsterMob Ducati) +14.689s, 4, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +20.875s, 5, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +21.005s, 6, Kieran Murphy (Honda) +25.234s, 7, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +28.888s, 8, Craig Jones (Triumph) +39.673s, 9, Lee Jackson (Honda) +40.033s, 10, Bob Grant (Honda) +42.484s.