Triumph ValMoto's third race in the British Supersport Championship proved to be productive, if a little testing at the Hampshire Thruxton circuit.

Ducati's Stuart Easton claimed the victory in emphatic fashion but Jim Moodie succeeded in adding two more championship points to his tally with a battling 14th place finish. His team-mate Craig Jones toughed it out a few second behind to cross the line in 17th position.

Despite these rather unflattering results, the team remains confident that progress is being made and knows that the information gathered at Thruxton can only have a positive effect on the development of the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600.

Moodie put in some very quick laps and at one point was seriously challenging for eighth place - often matching the leaders for pace. Unfortunately his race set-up would not allow him to maintain this charge and he dropped several places on the final couple of laps.

"Even though this result was worse than Snetterton, I feel that we've made some serious headway," said Moodie. "I'm totally confident that I've identified the element that's been holding us back. Being able to run so close to the leaders' pace - even for a short while - despite things not yet being quite right, has given us the extra boost that we need to take it to the next level. It's all going to click into place very soon and when it does we'll give the leaders a hard time."

Jones rode hard to make up two places from his starting position. After 20 frantic laps of the abrasive 2.356-mile Hampshire circuit surrounded by a pack of marauding Supersport machines, he did well to bring the #18 Triumph ValMoto Daytona home as strongly as he did.

"That was tough," admitted the 18-year-old. "We'd been struggling with set-up all weekend and it didn't really get any better during the race. I had a good scrap with a few riders for and actually enjoyed the racing. It's just a shame that it wasn't further towards the front of the field."



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