Hawk Kawasaki's Scott Smart proved his brace of fourths at Brands two weeks ago were no fluke by running with the leaders in both races at the third round of Think! BSB held at Snetterton on Sunday.

Smart, who qualified sixth at the notoriously fast 1.952 mile track, showed his class in race one after being blocked out in the first few turns and dropped to tenth. Hawk's number 88 rider picked his way through the field, bridging a three second gap to the leaders in the process, to finish an excellent fifth - just behind Sean Emmett, who led the early part of the race.

"Although our bikes are down on speed on the back straight I was able to make time up through Coram," said Smart. "I'm also strong on the brakes at the end of the back straight and into Russells. Both Sean and I were going as fast as we could, but we both made a few mistakes and I wasn't quite able to get past him."

In the second race Smart moved into third on the first lap before passing Emmett and Reynolds to take the lead on lap three. "I used to be really good at leading races, so it was nice, but I haven't done it for a while," he said.

"I got the hammer down and started to pull away, then I made a mistake going onto the back straight and got it sideways because I knew I'd have to break away if I was going to stand a chance. That let JR and Emmett by again. Then a few laps later I missed a gear going into the chicane which ran me wide. I made back onto the track in ninth so I was pleased to make it back up to sixth by the flag."

His Hawk Kawasaki team mate, Glen Richards, achieved his weekend's goal of taking two solid points finishes, in ninth and seventh. The Aussie, still suffering from the effects of his horrific 100mph crash at Brands two weeks ago, was unable to match Smart's pace in the first race after his rear tyre span on its rim, causing severe chatter on his ZX-10R.

"I couldn't go any faster in that race," he said. "The chatter was so bad I thought my teeth were going to fall out! I'm still not 100 per cent fit after the Brands crash either and I still feel quite beat up. I just wanted to get two finishes under my belt this weekend and stay on the bike, which I've done. Scott rode real well in both races and he's shown what the bike's capable of, so hopefully I'll be able to show what the real Glen Richards is capable of at Oulton next week."

Seeing one of his ZX-10Rs at the front of the field, only a few months after taking delivery of the bikes, was moment to savour for Hawk Team Principal Stuart Hicken.

"It was a bit of surprise really," he said. "I didn't expect that Scotty could hold it there because of the straights, but for sure it was nice to be up there - I think it shocked a few people. The nice thing for me was the fact there were quite a few in the crowd cheering the Kwaks on as well. What is even better is to have both bikes upright, four finishes and we're going to Oulton Park next with Scott brimming with confidence and Glen hopefully fit."

Due to only receiving the brand new Kawasaki ZX-10R not long before the first race at Silverstone, the team did not have a great deal of time to develop the engine. Reports from the team are that there is still a lot of work to be done before the engine is producing the sort of power it is capable of. With this in mind the Hawk Kawasaki team done very well against the factory Honda blade and the Rizla Suzuki, which has been in service for a few years now, at the long fast Snetterton circuit. As the season goes on, and development work is carried out, we can expect things to get even greener at the front of the pack.