Red Piranha Racing rider Simon Andrews followed up his seventh at Silverstone with another front row grid position and 5th placed finish at Snetterton on Sunday, putting him equal fourth in the championship, and top Yamaha.

Having not raced at Snetterton for two seasons, Andrews spent both practice sessions on the Friday re-familiarising himself with the circuit. He reported that he was happy with the set-up of the Yamaha R6 and was looking forward to Saturday qualifying.

Warmer conditions on the Saturday suited the Yamaha star and he posted the third quickest time in the first session. In an interrupted second session Simon again recorded the third fastest time in the last few minutes behind only the Ducati's of Stuart Easton and Leon Haslam.

"I am in pretty good company in this championship. We posted a fourth in qualifying last time out and this time a third. Things are looking good at the moment and everything is coming along nicely," reported Andrews.

Lining up on the front row of the grid for the race, The Red Piranha rider got away to a solid start before the race was red-flagged after the first corner following a crash involving a number of riders going down immediately behind him.

For the re-start Andrews slipped to ninth after the first lap. Fighting his way back up the field he enjoyed a thrilling battle with Adrian Coates for the last few laps before being narrowly beaten into fifth place.

"Simon went one better than Silverstone in the qualifying coming in third and two better on race-day with fifth," said Team manager Pete Jennings. "Simon's consistency particularly in qualifying was impressive considering he hadn't raced at Snetterton for a couple of seasons. It is very encouraging to be sitting in fourth place at this stage of the championship."

 

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