British Supersport regular Dan Cooper recorded his best ever finish at the Isle of Man TT as he crossed the line in 11th position in the opening Supersport race at the legendary road race.
Cooper, riding the Triumph Daytona 675 for Centurion Racing, later took 24th in the Superstock race on the Centurion Fireblade, but it was his impressive ride in the Supersport race that caught the eye.
Cooper also managed his fastest ever lap of the 37.73-mile Mountain course on a Supersport machine at 120.634mph on the final lap of the four-lap event to cement 11th place on the last lap.
“I really enjoyed the Supersport race and although we still have a few handling issues with the bike, I lapped quicker than ever before and was delighted with 11th place,” he said.
“Being so close to a top ten finish is superb although I was slightly disappointed to have missed out on my first silver replica.
“There's still room for improvement with the bike so, hopefully, with a few more tweaks we can improve it and go even better.
“The delay between the two races didn't help me and I struggled to get into the Superstock race whilst the sun being so low in the sky was a real issue for me,” added Cooper.
“I rode OK but I wasn't feeling totally confident through the lower section of the course where the sun was at its worst, so I took it steady there and rode as fast and as safe as I could.
“It was another good finish in the end though so I'm happy with how the day's racing has gone.”