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Harris buoyed by Silverstone pace.

Karl Harris was pleased to be 'back up there again' after a spirited performance in the latest British Superbike weekend at Silverstone.

Having sneaked his Rob Mac Racing Yamaha onto the front row of the grid in qualifying, Harris was in a confident mood heading into the races with a view to getting on the podium for only the second time this season.

He was well placed in the first race, completing the opening lap in fourth, only to drop back to 26th when he ran off the circuit at Becketts.

Nonetheless, Harris embarked on a charge back up the order, making the most of several retirements to be back into the top ten with several laps of the race remaining. Rising to a high of seventh, Harris's bad luck came back to haunt him when the bike developed a problem and forced him to retire three laps from home.

Harris bounced back in the second race though, running as high as second place before being reeled in by Shane Byrne, Tom Sykes and Leon Camier, the latter of whom passed Harris on the penultimate lap.

Despite missing out on a rostrum spot, Harris was still happy with his pace, not least because the gap to leader Leon Haslam was a meagre seven seconds.

"I'm happy with that, obviously I'd liked to have been on the podium but I pushed hard at the end to catch Sykes but Camier made a move on me and effected my rhythm a bit but I'm back up there again. Only seven seconds off the lead with a bit more racing and a bit more time and it should be good."

"Karl was unlucky in the first race; he got a bit giddy,” team principal Rob McElnea added. “He worked hard to get back into the top positions but the bad luck struck to finish his race. We'd had good lap times and race times so the second race gave him the chance to change the result.

“He got a good start and stayed a major part of the race the whole way through. We finished 7 seconds back from the lead, which is the best progress given the season we've had, we are very happy."


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