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Top Tens All Round for MAP Raceways Yamaha

By: | Published 06 July 2009, 00:45 | Views: 1,290 | tags: bsb, bss, british supersport, fuchs-silkolene, map raceways, yamaha, billy mcconnell, lee johnston, allan jon venter, steve rodgers, knockhill, scotland
The MAP Raceways Yamaha quad had a good race day at Knockhill in Scotland for the sixth round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Superbike Championship, with all three riders finishing in the top ten.

Billy McConnell crossed the line in fourth place which wasn’t what he had been aiming for but he managed to pull valuable points back on Championship leader Steve Plater. It was a frantic race and McConnell did a good job of staying calm and racing for the points.

“That was a tough race. I was just going for the points as there were some people in front of me who don’t have so much to lose. I saw Plater go down so I went for as many points as I could manage. I’m not happy with fourth as I wanted a podium but it is strong points. I’m really looking forward to Mallory now as we have tested there and my MAP Raceways Yamaha went well.”

Lee Johnston had a superb ride racing through the pack from tenth place to finish in fifth. The young Ulsterman was also pushing his team-mate McConnell and got ahead of him for a number of laps.

“It was a good result but I’m still disappointed as I was lapping faster than the leaders as I was coming through. I got duffed up at the hairpin and was run out wide onto the grass. I got over that and hooked onto Billy’s back wheel when the race was red flagged. I had hoped to go for the podium. I’m not fully fit yet but I was eager to overcome that. Mallory is next and I’ve never been there I hope to squeeze in a test so I’m not going there blind.”

Allan Jon Venter also had a good solid race and put his bad luck behind him. Not only did he score points but got into the top ten as well.

“My MAP Raceways Yamaha felt good and it was a good race. I lost my gap to Chris Martin who I had been following so I ended up riding on my own; it was hard to keep my concentration. I’m happy to be the first South African home and I’ve got to say thanks to my mechanic Jason, to MAP, to Raceways and to K-Tech. I can’t wait to get to Mallory Park as we tested there recently and I was fast.”

The seventh round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Superbike Championship will take place at Mallory Park in Leicestershire on the 17th – 19th July.  

Race results:
1. Ben Wilson        Kawasaki            20:24.699
2. James Westmoreland    Triumph            +0.328
3. Daniel Cooper        Honda                +0.948
4. Billy McConnell        MAP Raceways Yamaha    +1.172
5. Lee Johnston        MAP Raceways Yamaha    +1.345

6. Ian Hutchinson        Honda                +1.914
7. Tom Grant            Honda                + 2.313
8. Chris Martin        Kawasaki            +4.887
9. Allan Jon Venter    MAP Raceways Yamaha    +1 lap
10. Sam Lowes        Honda                +1 lap

Championship standings:
1. Steve Plater        100
2. Bill McConnell        85
3. Daniel Cooper        73
4. James Westmoreland    72
5. Ben Wilson        72
6. Dan Linfoot        52
7. James Webb        43
8. Hudson Kennaugh    39
9. Tom Grant            39
10. Lee Johnson        36
18. Allan Jon Venter    14

Photo credit: Dave Couldwell

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