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Grip problems for Riba in BSS thriller

1 January 1901

MSS Discovery's Pere Riba took ninth place in the penultimate round of the British Supersport Championship despite holding fourth place at the halfway stage of a thrilling battle at Oulton Park on Sunday.

Six riders were locked in the challenge, all chasing fourth place in one of the most frantic races of the year.

"The early part of the race was excellent for me before the rear tyre started causing me problems," explained Riba. "I was feeling comfortable despite the race being very, very close and having five other riders around me.

"Then, from the halfway point, the rear tyre started letting go, I was losing grip with no warning and it was all very, very strange. We've had a similar problem earlier in the year but never as severe or inconsistent as today."

"It's a real shame for the team after we worked so hard in practice to get a front row grid position. We'll try and figure out what was going on and concentrate on going for a win at Donington Park next week."


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