12 August 2001
John Reynolds – King of the Hill.
John Reynolds sliced into Steve Hislop's championship lead by repeating his race one victory in the second leg today at Knockhill to reduce the Scotsman's advantage to just six points.
Reynolds led the second leg from start to finish, and a repeat of race one looked on the cards with Reynolds' teammate Sean Emmett in second, however Hislop found his way past on lap 6 of 28.
But, much to the disappointment of the 20,000+ partisan crowd the MonsterMob Ducati rider was never able to challenge Reynolds, despite pushing as hard as he could, while Emmett settled for the final podium place after another strong ride.
“It was basically a case of getting my head down, keeping it smooth and not making any mistakes,” Reynolds explained after gradually pulling clear of a pack depleted by the first lap tangle of James Haydon and John Crawford.
''I arrived here determined not to lose any more points to Steve - this was great, the ideal weekend,” added Reynolds.
Hislop described his performances as 'damage limitation' but added, “John deserved his double - he found a groove in the track and I just couldn't catch him.''
The partisan 20,000 crowd backed the MonsterMob Ducati rider throughout, but reserved the biggest cheer for their retiring hero Niall Mackenzie.
Mackenzie said his farewell to motor racing with a competitive result that saw him battling bar-to-bar with Paul Brown.
After crossing the finish line for the final time the 40 year old threw his Helmet and Gloves into the crowd at the end of an emotional day for the three times BSB champion.
In the British Superstock race John Crockford was always ahead - taking victory by four seconds from Glen Richards, while series leader Paul Young stormed through the field from seventeenth to finish third.
Kim Ashkenazi was stripped of maiden glory in the British Supersport class at post race scrutineering because of an underweight bike - the Aussie had nosed his Kawasaki ahead of long time leader Karl Harris with three laps remaining but the Suzuki rider second on the road, just of championship leading Kirk McCarthy, was awarded the victory.
Ulsterman Adrian Coates, with his third victory of the campaign, extended his lead in the British 250cc Championship to 23 points, ahead of second placed Shane Norval, while Stuart Easton, from Hawick, gave his local following good cheer with a strong ride into third place, but Darren Barton's title hopes took a jolt after a first lap tangle.
Casey Stoner with his sixth victory from as many starts consolidated his lead in the British 125cc Championship while Ben Wilson's comfortable success in the British Junior Superstock Championship extended his lead over Declan Swanton, sixth in the race, to 63 points.
BSB: Knockhill - race two
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