Glen Richards wrapped up his 2002 British Superbike season in emphatic fashion at Donington Park. The Hawk Kawasaki rider not only scored his best ever Superbike results with two fourth placed finishes but also set the fastest lap in the first race. His team-mate Mark Burr was not quite so fortunate - he failed to finish the first race but bounced back to take 14th place in the second.

Michael Rutter may have won both races and Steve Hislop may have taken the championship title, but Richards' results spoke for themselves. His performance in both races was absolutely faultless and his best lap in the first race (1:33.531) was less than one tenth of a second outside World Superbike rider Troy Corser's 1999 lap record and remains the fastest-ever 750cc lap around the 2.5-mile GP circuit. Despite not bettering this time in race two, Richards remained within striking distance of the podium throughout and moved into third place only to be pipped to the post by 0.064secs. His 26-point haul was also enough to see him take seventh place overall in the championship.

"It's been a great end to a great season," said Richards. "I like the circuit and the Hawk Kawasaki felt fantastic, so I just gave it everything that I had and it paid off. I was so close to getting on the podium, but to get a pair of fourths is superb. I badly wanted to beat Simon Crafar in the championship but I wasn't sure where he had finished in the second race - I knew he was behind me but I wasn't sure how far behind. I'd like to thank the team for all their help and support this season and I hope that this goes some way toward repaying them for the faith that they've shown in me."

 

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