Steve Hislop took charge of the 2002 Motorcycle News British Superbike Championship with an impressive winning double in the second round at Brands Hatch.

The Scot is now 21 points clear of the pack and thinking about the title he missed out on through injury last year.

"It's a nice feeling to be out front, but there is a long way to go but there were two good results for me - everything went according to plan," Hislop said, reflecting on a weekend of domination that had seen him claim the pole start, despite an earlier tumble during qualifying.

In the opening 30 lap race, it was Lincolnshire rider Paul Brown, racing on with two broken fingers on his right hand who made the early break, but Hislop was ahead of him on the second lap and then, bettering the lap record at 95.56mph, taking charge. His cause was helped further, however, as backmarkers delayed the hotly pursuing reigning champion John Reynolds aboard the Rizla Suzuki.

Hislop took the victory by 1.7secs from Reynolds, with Brown a plucky third.

Michael Rutter, aboard the Renegade Ducati led for the first third of the second race, with Hislop always in close contention. The MonsterMob Ducati rider eventually eased ahead, taking the victory by a second from the man he leads in the title chase, Sean Emmett, with Reynolds, again delayed by backmarkers, third.

The Weybridge rider had earlier had to settle for fourth place but only after an amazing charge through the field. A misfire on the warm-up lap saw him pit his IFC Ducati, starting from the pit-lane aboard the spare machine before charging through the field.

"We did well to salvage points from that race and then a strong second place keeps me in there - I've just got to keep on packing together solid results," Emmett said.



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