John Crockford's decision to concentrate on the Superstock championship left an opportunity for Phil Giles to return to the Padgett's BSB team at Cadwell Park this weekend.

The Leicester rider repaid the team with two aggressive rides to finish both races in the points.

Despite failing to make the Superpole competition, Giles was consistently the fastest Suzuki through the speed traps all weekend, only a solitary Ducati denying him top honours on three occasions.

A storming start in race one saw the 27 year-old instantly make up four places and begin a race-long chase of Dean Ellison's Ducati, the hard-charging pair catching up to 2001 Superstock Champion Paul Young in the process. A thrilling battle over the last 5 laps resulted in Giles crossing the line less than 0.3 seconds behind the Australian in 14th place, despite posting a faster lap time.

Another strong start in race two put Giles in 17th place, battling with teammate Adrian Coates and Jason Davis' Yamaha. A light shower resulted in the race being run in two parts, giving Giles another chance to use his starting technique to good effect, instantly making up 6 places. A determined effort to hold off the Yamahas of Davis and Paul Jones rewarded Giles with 12th place on the road, corrected to 14th place when both legs were aggregated.

Regular Padgett's rider Adrian Coates' luck failed to return at Cadwell when a fall at the bottom of the mountain section in the dry first qualifying session meant the Irishman set his best time in the damp second session, ultimately leaving him with it all to do from the back row of the grid. Despite not managing to match the starts of his temporary team-mate, Coates wasted no time in powering through the field in race one, making it up to 16th place before the chequered flag ended his charge.

Coates was a man on a mission in the first leg of race two, unfortunately frustrated by the stoppage for rain on lap 10. A damp track at the bottom of the Mountain caused a repeat of his qualifying tumble during the second leg of the race, resulting in an early finish to a less than satisfactory weekend for the 2001 British 250 Champion.

"It's turning into a really difficult year," said Coates, "the bike feels better all the time, but I'm still waiting to improve on the result from my first outing at Snetterton. I really like Oulton so, rest assured, next week we'll be flat out to get back in the points."

 

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