MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett got his season off to a start by scoring a fifth and a fourth place respectively at the opening round of the British Superbike Championship in front of a 23,500 crowd at Silverstone.

The first race was marred with damp weather at the start, which meant a tough tyre choice for all the teams. Emmett led the race for the first couple of laps but then dropped back as he struggled with the track conditions, to end up in fifth place at the end of the 22 laps.

Race two saw the 34 year old Londoner finish in fourth place aboard the VK Vodka Kick and Cetelem (UK) supported Ducati 999 F04, after leading early on, but scored more important points in the 26 race series.

"I would have been satisfied with two rostrums today, but now I'll have to be satisfied with a fourth and fifth instead. This circuit suits the four cylinder bikes but it is a difficult for the twin cylinder bikes, especially with it being a new bike as well. We've got some data from here and we can build on that and also the next round is at Brands Hatch which is a completely different circuit. There's only one real corner here but I've got two finishes and we're 17 points off the lead, but there is still a long way to go yet" said Emmett.

Team mate Michael Laverty scored an impressive third place in his first race aboard the Ducati 749 Supersport machine. The 22 year old from County Antrim enjoyed a race long battle to score 16 points and claim his third place in the championship.

"I'm happy enough with the result but disappointed that I wasn't closer to Karl Harris who won the race. But considering how things have gone this weekend I am pretty pleased with the result. We will get the bike set up better for Brands Hatch and start the challenge from there" said Laverty.

Penrith-based team boss Paul Bird was pleased with his team's overall results. "That's a good start," said Bird. "We knew it was going to be tough and it definitely has been. The weather didn't help in the first race, but overall that was two good starts. It's a difficult circuit for the Ducati here at Silverstone but we're happy enough. The Supersport result was perfect - top three was better than we could ask for".



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