The V&M Racing Team, and rider David Jefferies, returned to the public roads for the first time this year, to claim three second places at the only big event not affected by the foot and mouth crisis - the Ulster Grand Prix.

Held on the famous Dundrod circuit, the Yorkshireman was soon back into the groove between the hedges and telegraph poles of the open roads, as he challenged the regular Irish road racing competitors on his V&M Racing R1 and R6 Yamaha's in the Open class Superbike races and the Supersport 600 event.

In the opening Enkalon Motorcycle Club Superbike race, Jefferies enjoyed a race long dual with Welshman Ian Lougher, with the pair swapping and changing the lead throughout the five-lap event. He narrowly missed out on the victory by just two seconds as Lougher edged ahead on the final lap.

It was a similar story in the Imperial Tobacco 600cc Regal race, with Jefferies having his first outing of the season on the V&M Racing R6 Yamaha locked in a fierce battle with Irish favourite Adrian Archibald, and Lougher. Jefferies again was involved in a frantic dice all the way to the finish, taking the chequered flag just three seconds behind Archibald after fifty-one miles of high-speed racing.

The premier race of the meeting - the Stannifer Snoddens Open Class event was badly affected by the weather, and as rain started falling the race was reduced from eight to five laps. Jefferies held the lead for the opening two laps, but as the conditions worsened Adrian Archibald started to edge ahead, with the Yorkshireman opting to settle for a safe second place finish.

"I decided that caution was the better part of valour," said Jefferies. "The conditions in the final Superbike race were pretty awful, and the bike was wheel spinning everywhere, I just wanted to bring rider and bike home in one piece. It was great fun to race on the roads again though, roll on next year when we can race again at the TT and North West as well."

Team boss Jack Valentine, also enjoyed his weekend at the Irish event. "It makes a pleasant change from the pressure of the British championships," he said. "I'd forgotten just how enthusiastic the Irish fans are. We always get a really warm reception at the Ulster Grand Prix, and DJ certainly gave them all something to shout about."

 

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