Shear grit and determination through the daunting Devil's Elbow kept Padgett's rider Phil Giles in the points at the end of last weekend's second Superbike race at Mallory Park - a performance that Team Manager Clive Padgett described as fantastic.

Giles' nail-biting battle with Mark Burr was finally decided on the run to the flag when Giles kept his Suzuki nailed out of the chicane and crossed the line barely 0.04 seconds ahead of the Kawasaki rider, a mid-corner shower of sparks from the GSX testament to his commitment to getting the best result for the team.

"Having worked so hard to keep Mark behind me for most of the race, there was no way I was going to let him beat me!" said a delighted Giles afterwards, " That last lap especially was a bit fraught but I managed to get past him and make it stick until the flag."

Having started from twentieth on the grid, Leicester-man Giles was assisted in his progress through the field by yet another demon start. An equally impressive start in race one had resulted in the 27 year-old running ahead of Padgett's teammate Adrian Coates.

Starting from 16th, Ulsterman Coates failed to make the most of his advantage when his Suzuki bogged on the line leaving him to play catch up to the hard charging Giles.

Having despatched Jamie Robinson, Jason Davis and Marty Nutt within 6 laps, Coates spent the rest of the 30 lap race looking down the exhaust pipe of Giles' sister Suzuki finally crossing the line less than 1 second behind in 15th place.

Determined not to make the same mistake twice, Coates got off to a flying start in race two, making up places by riding round the outside the pack through the awesome Gerrards corner and starting a race-long battle with Paul Young and the Ducatis of Dean Ellison and Dean Thomas.

Often covered by less than one second, the four riders slugged it out until Ellison's bike cried enough, leaving Coates to cross the line 0.2 seconds behind Young, despite posting a faster lap time, with Thomas 0.2 seconds behind the distinctive orange and white Padgett's bike.

"We're a bit disappointed we didn't get a top ten here but you can be sure that will be our goal at Donington in two weeks time, "said Team Manager Clive Padgett, "Phil has done a fantastic job, he's really come on since he rode for us at the beginning of the year, just as aggressive, but much more controlled.

"After his injury kept him out at the beginning of the season, Adrian has had a lot to cope with in his first year of Superbike but the second race here and at Oulton have shown what a talent he is when compared to people who already had a year of racing four-strokes under their belt," concluded Padgett.

 

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