The seventh round of the British Supersport Championship ended in yet another superb victory for Honda Racing's Karl Harris.

Starting from pole position, the current series leader made a flying start and blasted away at the front on his Honda Racing CBR600RR. The 23-year-old Sheffield rider left the chasing pack for dead, opened up a four second advantage in the first four laps and then proceeded to lap significantly faster than anyone else on the circuit - picking up the fastest Supersport lap of the day.

The lack of qualifying time at the Northamptonshire circuit didn't affect Harris one bit, but unfortunately for Honda Racing's sponsors, his dominance on the CBR600RR meant that he was too far out in front for the Sky TV cameras to focus on him, as they concentrated instead on the battle for second, over five seconds behind him.

Harris controlled the entire race and as he took the chequered flag and picked up 25 points, he celebrated his fourth win of this year's series with his trademark stand-up wheelie. With this victory, the Honda Racing star increased his championship lead to 60 points in front of second placed Stuart Easton.

"It's great to get another victory for Honda Racing," Harris said after the race. "I've been feeling confident all weekend and felt totally in control out there on the CBR600RR. I've won here before so my game plan was to get away at the front, put in some fast laps and control the race from there. It was a bit lonely out on my own but I managed to keep my concentration and not make any silly mistakes. Thanks to the whole Honda Racing team for doing such a fantastic job under difficult conditions at Rockingham."
Rockingham race result
1. Karl Harris (Honda Racing) 24:21.280
2. S. Easton (Ducati) + 1.970
3. D. Thomas (Honda) + 2.494
4. J. Crockford (Honda) + 13.869
5. S. Andrews (Yamaha) + 14.517
6. M. Laverty (Honda) + 14.928
7. A. Coates (Honda) + 19.966
8. C. Jones (Triumph) + 22.672
9. J. Robinson (Yamaha) + 24.122
10. S. Norval (Yamaha) + 25.914
Fastest lap
Karl Harris (Honda Racing) 1:11.969 (establishes new lap record)

Championship positions after round seven
1. Karl Harris (Honda Racing) 160
2. S. Easton - 100
3. S. Andrews - 72
4. D. Thomas - 68
5. A. Coates - 62
6. L. Haslam - 60
7. J. Crockford - 58
8. M. Laverty - 57
9. R. Frost - 48
10. C. Jones - 47

 

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