John Reynolds moved into an eleven points lead in the British Superbike Championship in a penultimate round that left his rival for the crown, Steve Hislop, hospitalised after a 130mph horror crash, midway through the opening race at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

The 39-year-old Scot, who had taken a 25 points lead in the series into the action, saw his hopes of regaining the crown he last held in 1995 end with ankle and shoulder injuries sustained when he rammed into the rear of the
Red Bull Ducati of Reynolds as they charged out of the chicane at Turn One.

Reynolds, who had moved ahead on the third lap of the race, was coming under increasing pressure from his MonsterMob Ducati who was powering relentlessly on despite the drying track conditions.

Charging out of the chicane on the eleventh lap, Reynolds missed a gear, for a split second slowing and Hislop, running inches adrift, slammed into the back of his bike.

The rider, who won 11 Isle of Man TT victories, slid across the track with his right arm under his bike before it crashed into the protective trackside barriers.

Race officials immediately stopped the race, allowing medics to dash to the scene. After X-rays in the circuit medical centre it was confirmed that Hislop had sustained a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle and a fractured right collarbone.

"That was the result of me missing a gear going through the chicane - I was shifting from third to fourth but missed a gear," explained Reynolds, who on the re-start took third place, as his team-mate Sean Emmett took his first victory in two years, by a quarter of a second from Kawasaki's Michael Rutter.

Rutter set the pace next time out, but Reynolds was on the charge, and took the lead with five laps to go but the Kawasaki rider hit back superbly on the final lap to grab his seasonal first triumph by 0.187 seconds.

Reynolds, second, was ahead for the first time since June in the title stakes: "I went for the win, but in the end, Michael was the little bit more desperate for it than I was. I'm glad that today is over and I've got mixed feeling about it all."

Karl Harris took Rockingham victory in the British Supersport action. Jamie Morley took victory in the Superstocks in a race which saw Paul Young secure the championship title. Richard Cooper enjoyed the race win in the Junior British Superstock class. Gary Haslam took 250cc honours with Paul Robinson leading the 125cc race to victory.

 

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