Round ten of the MCN British Superbike Championship provided both ups and downs for Hawk Kawasaki Superbike rider Glen Richards, but better news for team-mate Mark Burr as the series reached Cadwell Park.

After an encouraging seventh-placed finish in race one, 28-year old Australian Richards suffered mechanical problems in the second race of the day and was forced to retire on lap twelve. Burr, on the other hand, had his best weekend of the year so far, claiming eleventh place in race one and then bettering that with a ninth-placed finish in race two.

Overcast weather and intermittent showers did their best to break the concentration and resolve of the team throughout the day and both races were affected by a marked lack of traction on the circuit.

Richards' first race almost came to a premature end when Dean Thomas attempted a risky overtaking manoeuvre as the pair barrelled through the notorious Mountain section.

"Dean made a mistake on the way up the hill, which let me past, and then he tried to go around me on the way into Quarry Bends - which you just don't do," Richards explained, "I had the inside line, but he didn't back off. We made contact and he ended up on the grass. I felt really bad about him crashing, but I had the right of way and it was lucky that we didn't both end up on the deck. The pace was pretty hot considering the conditions, and I'm happy that I was able to get a decent finish."

Race two was run in two parts and, as with the first race, victory went to an unstoppable Steve Hislop.

"The second race was pretty tricky, and also a bit of a shame, because I was on for another good result," Richards continued, "I had a big slide before rain forced the restart and I dropped a couple of places, but I reckon I'd have got them back if I'd finished the race. It's been a tough weekend and more than a few obstacles have been placed in our way but that's racing. I'm looking forward to the last three rounds and just hope that the British climate gives us all a break during them."

Mark Burr's tally of twelve championship points was a just reward for three days of hard work. The 21-year old's first race was affected by the damp conditions, but his persistence paid off in race two.

"The gearing that we'd decided on turned out to be a bit too tall when the track dried out in race one, and I kept getting passed on the straight," he admitted, "Mind you, that was the only place where anyone did get past me! The Hawk Kawasaki felt spot-on and I was able to carry the kind of corner speed that I needed to crack Cadwell Park.

"There was no way that I was going to drop back out of the top ten once I was in it in race two, and I pushed as hard as I dare in the conditions, because I knew that the result would be decided on aggregate timings. I'm really happy to have come away with another strong finish and hope that I can keep up the pressure for the rest of the season."

 

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