Kirkham savours Donington podium

Jon Kirkham produces one of his finest performances of the season with a run to fifth and third at Donington Park.
Four months after claiming his first British Superbike Championship victory, Jon Kirkham was back on the podium in the second race at Donington Park.

Despite a run of consistent results, the Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider hasn't been able to sustain the top form that took him to victory at Croft, the reigning National Superstock Champion cracking the top five just once since then.

Nonetheless, following a trio of positive results at Cadwell Park, Kirkham upped his form again at Donington Park, qualifying well and getting amongst the title fighters in race one to finish fifth.

He fared even better in race two, Kirkham fending off Josh Brookes, before overtaking Ryuichi Kiyonari for third position, the youngster joining his race winning team-mate John Hopkins on the podium, much to his delight.

"I'm really pleased. I was looking for two top-fives this weekend, so a fifth and a third is more than job done. I got caught behind Ryuichi Kiyonari early in the first race and this let the leaders get away, it was only a matter of a couple of seconds, but it's so hard to pull that back given the pace at the front.

"The second race was brilliant fun. I could see from my pit board that I was being chased hard and when Kiyo slowed I had to pass quickly and make something of a break if it wasn't going to get messy. I got my head down and from there to the end of the race I wouldn't let my speed drop. So the gap grew quite comfortably and I was surprised at the end to see Tommy's bike coming into view. To share the podium with John was fantastic."

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Jon Kirkham - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jon Kirkham - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jon Kirkham - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jon Kirkham - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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September 13, 2011 12:57 PM
Last Edited 765 days ago

Good ride by Jon. Be excellent to see him score a few more points to put himself 5th or 6th using the old (and proper) scoring system. Hopefully that would make the powers-that-be take notice of the fans' objections. Good luck to him for the rest of the season!

Jacque - Unregistered

September 17, 2011 11:55 AM

It would have been a one man team with Hopper. I remember Kirkham had a guy do PR and sponsorship, who did loads of work last year to bring the Samsung cash for him, which then went to the team to run both riders.

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