The Reve Red Bull Ducati squad suffered vastly different fortunes in Sunday's two BSB races at Mallory Park, with lead rider John Reynolds fighting off the pain of a practice crash to take victory in race one, before bad luck struck in the second outing.

The teams 1-2 in race one, with Sean Emmett following JR home, was at the expense of early leader James Haydon who crashed out of almost certain victory at the Esses while enjoying a three-second lead.

Title rival Steve Hislop finished third after fending off the close attentions of John Crawford. Reynolds' victory and Emmett's second place whittled the championship lead down to eleven points and puts Emmett in third place.

"The pain was getting to me for sure but I was determined not to let it get to me," said Reynolds. "I feel sorry for James Haydon who looked to have it in the bag but that's racing."

Emmett, who shadowed his team mate for almost the entire race distance, was repaid for his team effort by moving into third in the championship.

"I could tell John was struggling in the final half of the race, but from my lap signals it was clear Hislop was too so all I had to do was hold station behind John."

Then, in an almost complete turnaround of their fortunes, the Red Bull Ducati pair could only net fifth and eighth places in Race Two - while championship leader Steve Hislop went on to win.

For Reynolds it was a case of severe tyre balance problems causing chronic chatter through Mallory's curves.

"It was like having two square wheels from the second lap - I just couldn't get on the gas anywhere and all I could do was cling on and ride the rest of the race despite the problem. A nightmare," said Reynolds.

For Emmett, despite running Reynolds close throughout the race, it all went wrong on lap 23 when his ignition system failed causing the Ducati motor to pop and bang its way to the flag.

Hislop, on the other hand, rode an impeccable race to fend of both Paul Brown and a charging James Haydon to take the win. Hislop's result takes him twenty five points clear of Reynolds and Haydon's third place now moves him back ahead of Emmett in the rider's championship.

 

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