Sean Emmett took his first victory for 15 months in the British Superbike Championship at the weekend as he headed off the challenge of former champion John Reynolds, who had earlier won the first of the two races in the penultimate round at Brands Hatch in front of 24,405 spectators.

Emmett, riding now for the ETI Ducati team following his split earlier in the season from the Renegade Ducati outfit, had been on the pace throughout the weekend and had contributed much to a first a race thriller. Emmett eventually had to give way to Reynolds who was powering through the pain barrier.

The Rizla Suzuki rider had earlier bashed his knee and wrist, cracking the fairing of his bike, as he struggled to hold onto it as it swerved out of line, oil spraying onto the back wheel, on the approach to Paddock Hill bend during the morning warm-up.

Reynolds took his fourth victory of the season by a couple of seconds from Emmett who went on to reverse the result in the second 30 lapper. The Weybridge rider moved ahead at one thirds distance and then held off the determined Reynolds.

"I'm really enjoying this moment - you have to take the rough with the smooth but now I am with this team I am enjoying my racing more than ever," said Emmett whose last victory came at the Kent circuit in June of last year, while this victory was the first ever success in the series for the ETI team.

Second place was sufficient to secure the runners-up spot in the overall rankings for Reynolds, while the champion, Shane Byrne, was twice third, his hopes of beating Niall Mackenzie's six year old record of 13 victories in a season disappearing in the summery heat at Brands Hatch.

The series now heads to Donington Park for the season finale on September 26-28.

 

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