Padgett's rider Marty Nutt's season continued its upward spiral at Knockhill at the weekend as the Irishman finished race one in a hard earned eleventh place and matched the best lap time of team-mate and former GP rider Adrian Coates.

With Coates taking an uncharacteristic tumble in both races, it fell to Nutt to add to the Padgett's team's points tally in its debut BSB year, with the two races leaving him just two points behind Coates in the riders' championship.

"It all came together in the first race," Nutt said, "The bike felt great and I was confident I could get a good result. The team has got the bike working really well now, and I was able to push much harder."

Unfortunately, the twists and turns of the Knockhill circuit took their toll in race one and Nutt was unable to recreate his pace for race two.

"My arms were so pumped after the first race that race two turned into something of an anti-climax," he admitted, "I just couldn't stay with the people I'd been fighting with before and had to settle for 17th place."

Fellow Ulsterman Coates echoed Nutt's praise of the team's progress with the big Suzuki.

"The team are really getting to grips with the bike and we've solved a lot of the problems that have held us back until now," he said.

After achieving his best qualifying position of the year, Coates had high expectations of improving on his best BSB finish of tenth place. His ambition remained unfulfilled, however, as last year's British 250 champion ended both races in the gravel after he was forced to take to the grass during close fought battles with regular top-ten finishers Dean Ellison, Simon Crafar, Glen Richards and David Jefferies.

With confidence higher than ever and a five-week break until the next round at the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, the team are hoping an extensive testing programme will allow both riders to start achieving their goal of regular top-ten finishes by the end of the year.

 

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