In sunny conditions at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit today, Honda Racing's Karl Harris failed to bag his seventh British Supersport win of the season when he crashed out of contention while dicing for the lead on the 19th lap.

Having qualified on pole position for the 28-lap race, the 23-year-old Yorkshireman was beaten into the first corner by on-form Michael Laverty but was on lap record pace as early as the second lap and closing down the Team Vitrans Honda rider fast.

Despite continuous challenges from third-placed Stuart Easton on the Monstermob Ducati, Harris kept his cool and stalked Laverty until lap 19 when he made his move, out-braking him at Druids but uncharacteristically lost the front end in the process.

Harris remounted but had to retire from the race as he had sustained damage to his CBR600RR. Stuart Easton then went on to eventually win the race from Simon Andrews and Dean Thomas.

"I'm bitterly disappointed with this result," commented Harris, "I didn't make the start I wanted but soon closed down Michael Laverty. However, he was riding very defensively and not that quickly either so I guess a little bit of frustration crept in. I knew Stuart Easton was right behind me and that our lap times were not that quick, so I knew I had to make my move sooner rather than later.

"When I passed Michael at Druids, the front just tucked under and unfortunately he went down as well. It's unlike me to crash, and thankfully it hasn't affected my championship, so I'll just have to put it behind me and concentrate on the next round at Donington Park."

 

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