Despite a frustrating Sunday for the Honda Racing UK team, Tom Neave adds to his championship points haul.
Sunday at Snetterton remained dry, despite some threatening clouds overhead as the pit lane opened for the first of two feature-length races at the Norfolk Circuit. Honda Racing UK Riders Tom Neave and Franco Bourne lined up in thirteenth and eighteenth respectively on their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SPs.
As the lights went out, both riders roared away from the line and began to scrap with the riders around them. Although Franco lost positions early in the opening lap, he quickly got his elbows out to retake positions and was holding eighteenth as he ended lap one.
Tom too managed to hold his position in the early laps, battling with Nesbitt and Stacey for thirteenth position before tucking the front on lap three and crashing out of the race unhurt.
Franco, however, was continuing his assault towards the point-scoring positions and was running in fifteenth position when the red flag came out on lap seven. As the shortened race restarted under the quickstart procedure, Franco lined up in fifteenth position ready for the eight-lap dash. Sadly, he would retire at the end of lap one after experiencing a slipping clutch due to rider error at the race start.
In the second Superbike race of the day, both riders started towards the back of the grid as a result of not setting a lap time in the earlier race. Tom Neave put in yet another fighting ride to progress forward from his twenty third grid slot, all the way through to fifteenth by the flag, yet again adding to his championship points tally.
Franco crashed out of the race on lap two and took a bang to the head. He was transported to the medical centre and received treatment for concussion.
In the sole Pirelli National Superstock race of the weekend, Dan Linfoot raced away from his pole position grid slot on his Optimum Bikes Racing Fireblade to notch up another superb win, his third in a row, and extend his championship lead. Fireblades also occupied the other podium positions in the hands of Alex Olsen and Richard Ker with Alex setting a new Superstock race lap record with a sensational 1:49.104 lap. A time that would have placed him twelfth on the grid for Superbike race three.
The Honda Racing team will be back in action at round 6 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on 21-23 July.