Round six of the British Superbike championship, at the 2.6-mile Brands Hatch GP circuit proved difficult for the T.D.B Yamaha team.

Fresh from a five-week break and returning to the track with a second place at the previous round, Paul Young was unlucky to crash heavily on lap 11 of the first race.

The unfortunate Aussie hit a false neutral while changing down on his approach to Paddock Hill bend and left the track at high speed. Although in no shape to compete in the second race, Young was fortunate to escape with only a severe bruising.

Team-mate Jon Kirkham was also out of luck. After a good start to race one, his race was curtailed on lap 14 with a technical problem. Jon's luck was not to improve for the second race. Sensing a potential problem with his number one bike, the eighteen-year-old rider switched to his spare bike after the warm up lap and started the race from the pitlane. Setting off twenty seconds behind the leaders at the back of the field in 29th place, Kirkham was rewarded for a hard charging ride to finfish in 16th place.

Team owner Colin Appleyard summed up the day: "When you have a bad day and bad luck there is not much you can do or say. This is a hard business and you will have days like this. Both riders made good progress during practice and qualifying so I'm looking forward to a strong second half of the season. Everyone in the team is working as hard as I've ever seen and we will be at Rockingham in two weeks time 100 per cent motivated and raring to go."

The team now prepare for the seventh round of the championship at the unique Rockingham Motor Speedway on the 6th of July.



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