Riding a Padgett's Honda CBR600RR, John Crockford took home another 13 points from his first visit to Mondello Park, promoting him to equal fifth place in the Supersport Championship, whilst team-mate Adrian Coates salvaged a useful ninth place from a disappointing weekend.

The luck of the Irish deserted Coates early on when he crashed out in the Friday practice session. The subsequent lack of track time left the 2001 British 250 Champion at a severe disadvantage when trying to set up his bike at this new venue for the British championship.

Ulsterman Coates said: "The crash on Friday cost me dear because it meant I lost a lot of the dry sessions. Finding the right settings was paramount for this track. It was never going to be easy, starting from 14th place, but I managed to make up some places and enjoyed a race long battle with Rob Frost. There seemed to be a lot of people struggling to get their tyres working properly this weekend. But it's a fantastic venue and it's great to get the chance to race in front of so many friends, I just wish I could have been nearer the front."

Despite another good start 2002 Superstock runner-up Crockford also found the race hard work as he fought to stay in touch with the leading pack. The Southampton rider said: "Although I got away well, I was struggling with a lack of grip from the back tyre really early on.

"The bike felt strong as always, and I was managing to stay in front of Craig Jones and Simon Andrews throughout the race, but I just couldn't hold on to the guys in front. It's a great track and I've really enjoyed riding here, but now I'm looking forward to Oulton. We've learnt a lot about the bike since we were there in May and I want to get back on that podium."



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