Hawk Kawasaki rider Dean Thomas and Glen Richards did not take to the track during the first practice of the fourth round of the British Superbike championship as they, reportedly, did not want to get their ZX-10R machinery dirty.

Whilst their competitors tested in the very wet conditions, to find a set-up in case the races Monday are run in the same conditions, the Hawk duo remained in the dry and warm of their pit garage.

"We didn't let the bikes out because we didn't want to get them dirty!" quipped team boss Stuart Hicks.