Glen Richards gave Hawk Kawasaki's home track supporters cause for celebration in both Superbike races at Mallory Park.

The talented Australian rode his #75 machine to a fantastic fifth-placed finish in the first race then underlined his mastery of the 1.3-mile Leicestershire circuit by crossing the line in sixth place at the end of race two.

His 21-year-old team-mate Mark Burr overcame minor technical difficulties in the first race to claim 16th place and only missed out on a points-scoring finish in race two by a fraction of a second.

Sean Emmett and Michael Rutter shared the two race victories, but Richards' performance in the first race was itself worthy of a prize. Despite giving away 250cc to the opposition, the Hawk Kawasaki was able to match, and at times, better the lap times of the race leaders. Richards was perfectly poised and ready to pounce in the closing stages but the chequered flag came before he could make it onto the podium.

Richards got another opportunity to humiliate the bigger bikes in race two and he did not pass it up.

"Mallory's our home event, so I had to put on a bit of a show," joked Richards. "The fact of the matter is that we found a great set-up for the Hawk Kawasaki ZX-7RR that allowed me to really go for it today. I was carrying a phenomenal amount of corner speed, which made up for the places where I was losing out on grunt and all I really had to do then was line them up and sail past in the corners. I've recorded my fastest-ever laps at Mallory over the course of this weekend and beaten world-class riders such as Steve Hislop and John Reynolds, so I have to be pleased with that."

Mark Burr's races at the home of Hawk Kawasaki didn't go quite as well as he had been expecting, nor as well as his recent form would have suggested.

"I had some gear selection problems in race one," explained Burr. "Changing down was really difficult at times and at one point it caused me to go into the hairpin far too hot. I ran off the track but was able to rejoin and work my way back up to within one place of scoring a point. In the second race I just couldn't get past Dean Thomas - I kept reeling him in on the way through Gerrards but lost him again on the straights."

Hawk Kawasaki is next in action at the final round of the MCN British Superbike Championship at Donington Park on 28-29 September.

 

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