The sixth round of the British Supersport Championship ended in a superb victory for Team Vitrans Honda's Dean Thomas over Honda Racing's Karl Harris.

Stuart Easton came a close third, however it was a battle of the CBR600RRs on the last lap as Harris led out of Clark Curve onto Brabham Straight, only to be slipstreamed by Thomas in a photo finish at the line.

Harris lost out on his third consecutive Supersport victory by just 0.021 seconds, however extending his lead to 55 points in the ultra-competitive championship proved adequate consolation.

The 23-year-old Yorkshireman has now recorded three victories and three runner-up positions as he continues his domination of the Supersport class with Honda Racing.

Harris was third into the first corner on the first lap, but had powered into the lead by the end of the same lap. He wasn't overtaken until Stuart Easton nipped past on lap 12, but Harris retook the lead on Brabham Straight three laps later. This almost proved the decisive move of the race, until Thomas had the final say with a last gasp manoeuvre.

"That was a fantastic race! The Honda Racing team had done a great job to get me on the pace again this weekend and I felt really good out there," said Harris. "The CBR600RR was working well and I thought that I had done enough to clinch my fourth win of the year.

"I knew that Dean and Stuart were close behind me from my signal board as I headed out on to the last lap. However, once I rode out of Clearways I thought that I had it in the bag. I got a bit of a surprise when he came alongside me over the line but that's the way it goes sometimes. I've extended my lead in the championship, so I'm going home with a smile on my face."



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