Kawasaki's British Superbike star Glen Richard's accepted an offer from Jack Lilley Racing to replace their injured regular rider and make his Supermoto debut, at an icy Snetterton last weekend.

Amazingly, Richards hadn't sat on the bike before race day itself, and so the task faced by Richards was considerable - and that's without the weather.

A heavy layer of frost coated the countryside and meant early morning scrutineering was a shivering affair, with the bikes literally freezing after being left overnight in the garages.

Only then did Richards sit on the bike for the first time and went out for practice, following JLR's regular rider Andi Notman, but the Aussie was soon up to race pace.

Onto race one and Glen's start was described by the team as "an experience" - within 25 yards he had hit another rider, sending both onto the frosty grass! Fortunately, the Team Green star managed to keep the bike upright, but had dropped to last. He then showed his class by carving through the field to finish eighth.

Onto the next round in the tournament type format and now much more acquainted with the bike, Richards finished a solid 6th, while team-mate Notman crashed and could only salvage 12th - the final qualifying position for the next round.

Not prepared to be shown up by his new team-mate, Notman beat him by two places in the Semi [with 4th], with both through to the open final.

Notman had the slightly better grid position and used it to full effect rocketing away and getting up to 2nd, but started to loose a few places and was then cannoned off the track by a determined opponent. For the second time Andi jumped back on his bike to finish in 12th.

Meanwhile, Richards was continuing his solid performance - riding well and without taking too many chances, to come home in what was a brilliant 9th, a fine result for his first Supermoto event.

But the day wasn't done yet and both JLR riders were through to the Super-Final - where all the classes meet. Glen had the better grid position whilst Notman's determination was stronger than ever to make amends for his earlier incidents.

Both made good starts, but unlike the previous rounds they were now against the cr?me of British Supermoto stars and so could only 'hold station' by the end of the long race on the icy track.

However, Richards shocked by leading his experienced team-mate home, taking 9th, with Notman 14th.

Such a strong performance from Richards - not only was he on the pace, but didn't crash once - underlining the Australian's multitude of talents on two wheels - and why many are tipping him for an outside shot at this year's BSB title.

 

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