Honda Racing's Karl Harris could only finish eleventh in the eighth round of the British Supersport Championship after a last lap error saw him run off the track while running in second place.

Stuart Easton won comfortably from Tom Sykes and Michael Laverty, but Harris had played his part in one of the closest and most entertaining races of the season.

After getting a good start off the front row of the grid, Harris took the lead on his CBR600RR into the appropriately named Honda Corner, but lost out to Laverty a couple of turns later. The Irishman pulled out a small advantage from Harris and Easton before they narrowed the gap by mid-race distance.

Harris eased into the lead at Holiday in Ireland Corner on lap ten, but was overtaken by Easton on the next lap of the 2.27-mile Kildare circuit. Easton then put in the fastest lap of the race to pull out a winning advantage and leave Harris disputing the final two podium positions with Laverty and Sykes.

Then disaster struck for the championship leader on the last lap. Sykes attempted to pass the Honda Racing star and they touched on the approach to the next corner. It came too quickly for Harris - he ran off the track and slid off into the gravel trap. Fortunately, he was able to rejoin the race and brought the CBR600RR home in 11th position. It was the first time this year that Harris had finished outside the top two.

"I had a few problems during the race but was happy with my position going on to the last lap," said Harris, "Sykes was putting me under a lot of pressure and I made a mistake after misjudging my braking point for the next corner.

"We didn't have as much time as we would have liked in practice to select a race tyre due to the mixed weather conditions. I think that I selected the wrong rear and that left me with a lot of hard work to do in the closing stages and in a vulnerable position on the last lap in particular."

 

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