Despite broken bones in his hand and a badly damaged knee, Simon Andrews put in a superb performance at round eight of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill.

Andrews had crashed during testing at Mallory Park in preparation for the recent World Superbike round at Brands Hatch, costing him the chance to perform at the world level and leaving him in a race against time to be fit for Knockhill.

Having qualified a painful 19th, Andrews had been debating whether or not to even race, but decided to give it a go and charged all the way to eighth in race one, in which the Jentin team opted to use full slick tyres on the part wet/part dry track.

The restarted second race saw Andrews pick intermediate rubber front and rear, which he took to eighth by the end of the opening lap. Andrews was eventually credited with an excellent sixth - between James Ellison and Cal Crutchlow - when the race was red flagged on lap 14.

"I'm really pleased with the results I got this weekend as I really didn't know if I would be able to ride," said Andrews. "I must say thanks to the CJ Physios in the medical centre for helping me out so much over the last couple of weekends, I really appreciated it.

"It was actually worse to ride the bike in the wet as it really made my hand swell up so I was hoping for dry races but we got a bit of both. The weather at Knockhill always seems to prove a bit of a problem and you never really know what it's going to do.

"I'm pleased I could get the results I did for the Jentin team as they all worked extremely hard over what was a difficult weekend. I'm feeling a little second hand now but hopefully I will be fighting fit for Cadwell Park in a couple of weeks time," he added.

Andrews is now just two points behind eighth placed Michael Laverty in the BSB standings.


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