T.D.B Recruit.com riders Paul Young and Jon Kirkham were rewarded with points scoring 12th and 11th places respectively at the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway yesterday after each endured one DNF.

A lack of track time due to problems with the circuit provided both riders with an uphill struggle to get their Colin Appleyard Racing run Yamaha R1's optimally setup for the challenging track.

Midlands-based Aussie Paul Young's first race ended prematurely on lap 11 of the 22-lap race with mechanical failure when a breakage of a 50p part forced his retirement.

His team-mate, eighteen year old Jon Kirkham, started from 14th on the grid on his first outing at the circuit and made up three places to finish in 11th overall on his first visit to the Corby track
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The rider's fortunes were reversed in race two: Young brought his R1 home in 12th while the luckless Kirkham was forced to retire on lap eight.

"The circuit is pretty unique using the high-speed banking and tight infield so finding a good setup is crucial," said Young. "In the limited running time we had, the team did a good job to get us close to the perfect setup. Unfortunately we lost running time in race one, but made steady improvements for race two and the lap times finally came. Under the circumstances it's not a bad result for the team."

"The first race was pretty steady and 11th is just one place off my best so far this season," added Kirkham. "In race two I was on a good pace and was making up time on the Kawasaki in front of me before the bike stopped on the straight. With all the problems with the circuit I guess we were lucky to even get both races run. I know the series organizers and the circuit officials worked night and day to make sure then event went ahead so a big thanks has to go to them."

The next round takes place at Mondello Park on the 20th of July.

 

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