Australian Paul Young, who was forced to sit out the opening BSB round due to injuries, made an instant impact on his race return at Snetterton on Sunday, finishing in 7th and 9th places, while team-mate Jon Kirkham (pictured) recorded his best ever BSB results to complete a impressive showing from the T.D.B backed team.

Young's strong performance in Race One was a result of making up six places on the first lap and a carefully planned tyre strategy. The midlands based Aussie used his considerable experience to outfox many of his rivals, making a decisive move on Gary Mason on lap twenty three to finish the leading Yamaha rider in seventh.

Kirkham, one of the youngest riders in the field, showed he is a fast learner as he tracked his teammate throughout the race to finish just over six seconds behind in a season's best 10th place.

With many of the riders suffering dangerous amounts of tyre wear on the very fast circuit; race two was shortened to twenty laps. Both Appleyard riders made similarly good starts and were never separated by more than a few seconds. The pair was locked in a gigantic four-way tussle thrilling the 19,500 fans to some of the best action of the day.

Young claimed ninth, while Kirkham was just half a second behind his team-mate finishing in 11th - with Scott Smart sandwiched between them.

"I'm really happy, I still feel very stiff I can't move around on the bike as much as I would like to," said a tired Young after race two. "Twenty-five laps around here is a long way and to get the best results today I had to keep it smooth and consistent and look after the tyres.

"The R1 gets of the line so strongly that I was always confident I would get good starts and planned not to be overly aggressive in the first half. It felt really good to be involved some close racing and I can't wait to see what I can do when I feel fully fit."

"To finish 10th and 11th in this world-class field feels great," beamed Kirham. "I could have made up another place in Race One, but I had to back off the throttle to miss Mark (Heckles) as his bike misfired. That lost me the tow to Scott (Smart) and once you loose 25 meters at 155mph that's a long way.

"In the second race I was just lining up a pass on Scott (Smart) once again when I had a bit of a moment coming onto the straight and lost the opportunity," Jon revealed. "Now I feel like the season has really started and Thruxton can't come soon enough."

BSB heads to Thruxton this Sunday for round three.



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