Honda Racing's Karl Harris finished lost out to Michael Laverty at Snetterton yesterday, but still leads the British Supersport Championship by 12 points after the first two rounds.

Having qualified on the front row of the grid, 23 year old Harris made a great start to the 22-lap race, tucking in behind leader Leon Haslam. However, a multiple crash further down the field brought out the red flag, forcing a restart.

The full distance restart saw Harris having to do it all again, but he rose to the challenge, going into the first corner in third place. Having had the feedback on the track conditions from his Honda Racing BSB colleagues, Karris knew he had to make his tyres last the race distance.

Consequently, the Sheffield rider rode with this in mind during the early laps and was passed by Laverty, Rob Frost and John Crockford in the first half of the race. Crockford was, however, forced to retire with a technical problem on lap seven but not before he broke the outright lap record for the Supersport class on his Honda CBR600RR.

With seven laps remaining, and while running in fourth position, Harris decided to mount his challenge. He came out of the slipstream to pass Frost into Riches Corner on lap 16 and move up into third.

This became second place on lap 17 when Leon Haslam lost the front end of his Ducati while leading. Despite constant pressure and a terrific battle for second from Frost, Harris began to pull away and focus his attention on Honda-mounted Laverty in front of him.

For the remaining three laps, Harris's lap times were noticeably quicker than Laverty's but there just wasn't enough time remaining to challenge him for the lead, so Harris was forced to settle for second place, and the championship lead.

"I had to work really hard throughout that race. The pace was hot at the front, but I knew not to do anything stupid with the championship in mind," said Harris. "The CBR600RR and my Dunlop tyres gave me an excellent race package today and I'd like to thank everyone involved for helping me to extend my lead at the top of the points table.

"This has never been one of my favourite tracks, which makes this result all the more satisfying. I'm delighted with second place and the fact that Honda have taken a one-two for the second consecutive event," added Harris.

Harris now holds a 12-point lead over Laverty after two rounds.



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