Tom Neave gets back into the point-scoring positions with a gutsy ride from twenty-fourth on the grid to fourteenth and Franco Bourne finishes just one second away from his first point in BSB.
Yesterday’s rain disappeared and blue skies and sunshine emerged for Sunday’s action, as Honda Racing UK riders Franco Bourne and Tom Neave lined up on the grid for race two of the weekend and the first twenty-lap race of the day. Both riders were keen to make progress from their positions towards the back of the grid in the dry conditions.
Franco and Tom made good starts from the line and traded positions throughout the opening two laps of the race. Then on lap three of the race heading into Druids, Franco was involved in an incident with another rider which caused both to fall. Unfortunately for the team, Tom Neave was also caught up in the incident and all three riders were out of the race. This crash was declared a racing incident.
Meanwhile, ex-moto3 world champion Danny Kent continued his podium run with another impressive ride to finish third on the Lovell Kent Racing Honda Fireblade.
For the final Superbike race of the weekend, Tom Neave and Franco Bourne lined up in twenty-second and twenty-fourth at the start. With work to do, both looked to get their heads down early and pick off the riders in front in their pursuit of the points-scoring positions. Tom managed to dig deep and show his true racecraft as he moved forward ten positions to finish in fourteenth and chalk up more points to his championship tally.
Franco Bourne put together his best feature-length race of his short Superbike career to finish in sixteenth, just outside the points but a strong six places higher than his grid position.
Elsewhere in the day's racing, Dan Linfoot delivered a superb performance - recovering from crashing out of yesterday’s race - and put his Optimum Bikes Racing Honda Fireblade back on the top step of the podium. Alex Olsen, IWR Racing, also turned his weekend around with a fighting ride through to second.
The Honda Racing team will be back racing in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at round seven, which takes place at the Hampshire circuit, Thruxton, on the 11th - 13th of August.