At the penultimate round of the British Superbike championship, Colin Appleyard Racing's Sean Emmett kept his title hopes alive with a pair of superb second place finishes - a season's best result for the team that couldn't have come at a better time.

The 1.37 Mile Mallory park circuit with its characteristic "Shaws" hairpin and bus stop chicane always makes for great racing. This, combined with the fans adulation for their heroes that would rival the biggest pop and football stars, makes Mallory an event to remember - and last weekend was no exception.

Starting from fifth place on the grid, after a strong qualifying performance, Sean knew he had the pace to run at front. After a good start to race one, Emmett comfortably settled into the leading pack.

On the sixth lap he made the first of a number of decisive passes, moving ahead of title favorite Steve Hislop and up to fourth place. With just four laps to go, Emmett was forced into a defensive line going into the bus stop chicane and Steve Plater just squeezed through, and he would finish just 0.5secs down on race winner Plater.

Race two was to see another epic battle between Emmett and Plater. As the pack screamed into the first corner Sean muscled his way through the pack to make up a position on the opening lap.

Mirroring moves from the first race, Emmett skillfully out powered his rivals to move his Yamaha R1 up to second place. With the eventual race winner Michael Rutter having made a break, Emmett's attentions were focused on those just a fraction of an inch behind him.

With moves so close that paint was being traded and some of the latest breaking ever seen, the leading pack had the large crowd screaming with delight. With every daring move his rivals made, Sean had an equally emphatic answer. With the fight for second place going all the way to the wire, the Virgin mobile star held on to claim his consecutive second place by just 0.056 of a second.

"What great racing," smiled a happy Emmett after the second race. "My single aim this weekend was to take back points from Hizzy, to make sure that I go into the last round with a chance. My two second places are even better knowing that I can beat Ducati's in a fair fight, this is great news for the last round.

"From the first Friday's session I knew we were going to be good around here," he added. "All weekend we have been really strong on a race setup. I have to give a big shout to the team, they are really getting the R1 dialed in. With a winter's development it's going to be a strong title challenger."

When asked about his injuries, and his hopes of beating Hislop to the title, the Englishman replied: "My wrist was ok, its not painful it just goes numb and feels a bit weird. Realistically the title is a long shot and would have to rely on Hizzy having some awful luck, but it's happened before..."

The team now prepare for the last round at Donington Park on the 29th of September.

 

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