Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Keith Farmer made amends for a first race crash as he bounced back to claim sixth place in the second MCE British Superbike race at Thruxton.

The reigning National Superstock 1000 champion, who qualified in 12th position, had been as high as second in race one until he ran wide on the start/finish straight on the seventh lap, sliding out of contention.

Unperturbed, the 25-year-old from Clogher in Northern Ireland dusted himself down and rode a solid race in the final outing to secure sixth, a result that moves him back into joint seventh in the overall standings.

"To bounce back from the first race crash and get sixth in race two was very pleasing and it's good to come away with another good result under my belt, particularly as I was suffering with a lot of chatter with the front end," said Farmer.

"The crash was my fault and I just ran slightly wide and touched the white line but other than a sore hand I was OK.

"I've learned a lot more with the bike and the changes we've made have been in the right direction whilst there's plenty of people behind me who should be ahead, so it's good to get these first two rounds done and dusted."

Team owner Paul Bird was a happy man after Shane Byrne bolstered his position at the top of the championship with a double at Thruxton to become the most successful rider ever in the history of the series with 44 career victories.

"It's always good to get a double and 'Shakey' always looked in control.

"He's made a great start to the season and we hope he can continue going into our home round at Oulton Park next month," said Bird.

"Keith proved what a talent he is and it was unfortunate that he crashed out of the opening race but it's all part of the learning process and he'll just get better as the season progresses."


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