Honda Racing's Karl Harris maintained his position at the top of the British Supersport points table when he finished second in the British Supersport race at Thruxton. Three consecutive podium finishes in as many rounds means that the Sheffield rider now leads the championship by a massive 24 points.

Having qualified second fastest on the grid, Harris got the holeshot before being pushed wide by Stuart Easton. Undeterred, the 23-year-old Honda Racing rider set off after the current Supersport Champion, closely followed by Leon Haslam.

Soon after, Haslam retired due to a technical problem with his Ducati, as did Snetterton race winner Michael Laverty, so it was down to the two Padgetts' Honda CBR600s of John Crockford and Adrian Coates to battle it out for third position with Tom Sykes and Simon Andrews.

In front of this battle, which raged throughout the remainder of the 20-lap race, Harris rode consistently fast and intelligently to safeguard his second place, knowing that he didn't have to win to maintain his championship lead. The race was eventually won by Easton, with Harris picking up 20 points for his excellent ride. The remaining podium position was filled by John Crockford, also on a Honda CBR600RR.

"I've got to hand it to Stuart Easton, he's been on it all weekend and I just couldn't stay with him," Harris said afterwards. "Once I got the message that Laverty was out and the pressure was off I decided to take the sensible option - there was no point crashing and ending up with nothing and I was miles ahead of anyone else. I want to win the title and sometimes that means using your head and sacrificing race wins in favour of championship points. I'm still leading the points table and that's the way I intend it to stay."



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