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MAP Raceways Croft Update '09

Combined class press release (13/09/09):

McConnell Battles to Second Place at Croft

Billy McConnell took a hard fought second place at round ten of the Fuchs- Silkolene British Supersport Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire today.

Starting from pole position aboard his MAP Raceways Yamaha, McConnell got the hole-shot and immediately got his head down to try and break away. Unfortunately on lap five the safety car came out and that was the turning point of McConnell’s race. His tyres had cooled down so less effective and this saw him drop to fourth at one point, before clawing his way back to second place and taking valuable points for the title chase.

“The race was where I wanted it until the safety car came out. Plater was back in seventh and we had him on my pit board so I knew the score. We were running a soft rear and when the safety car came out it cooled down. I got a good start and had a nice gap, once the safety car had gone in we just had nine laps to run and my tyre had started to slide.

“I could have had a go at Plater on the faster stuff on the last lap but I hadn’t followed him for long enough to know his weak points. The team has worked really hard and for lalter to come from ninth to take the win, then fair play. It’s just made the Championship harder as I’m now seven points behind him. I’ll just have to win the next two rounds.”

Allan Jon Venter had an action-packed race and finished in ninth place. He got bumped through turn one which pushed him down the order and then had a moment when he ran wide.


“I got a good start but there was carnage in the first corner and then I got bumped again at the hairpin. With four laps to go my tyre had cooled off and as I tried to pass Dan Linfoot I ran wide. I’ll now keep an open mind as we head to Silverstone.”

Lee Johnston had hoped for a top-five finish having qualified in sixth place but the odds were stacked against him thanks to a turn-one collision and his tyre going off. He raced to 11th position.

“I’m really disappointed as from sixth on the grid I really should have had a result. I got pushed really wide at turn one and that left me way back. I started to come through the pack and got as far as 11th, I really worked my tyre and it went off which really didn’t help matters. I’ve got to thanks to Jason and Brad for a great setup and qualifying it’s a pity it didn’t come together in the race.”

The penultimate round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship will take place at Silverstone in Northamptonshire on the 25th – 27th September.

Race Results:

1. Steve Plater        Honda                25:38.321
2. Billy McConnell        MAP Raceways Yamaha     +0.298
3. Ben Wilson        Kawasaki            +0.683
4. James Westmoreland    Triumph            +1.211
5. Ian Hutchinson        Honda                +1.572
6. Daniel Cooper        Honda                +4.360
7. Dan Linfoot        Yamaha            +6.816
8. Marty Nutt            Yamaha            +7.192
9. Allan Jon Venter    MAP Raceways Yamaha    +7.218
10. Jack Kennedy        Yamaha            +7.575
11. Lee Johnston        MAP Raceways Yamaha    +13.543

Championship standings:

1. Steve Plater        170
2. Billy McConnell        163
3. James Westmoreland    126
4. Ben Wilson        121
5. Daniel Cooper        91
6. Ian Hutchinson        65
7. James Webb        54
8. Tom Grant            54
9. Sam Lowes        46
10. Craig Fitzpatrick        42
11. Allan Jon Venter    42
12. Lee Johnston        41

Fourth for Coates at Croft

Nikki Coates aboard his MAP Raceways Yamaha raced to fourth place during the tenth round of the Metzeler National Superstock 600 race at Croft in North Yorkshire today.

The young Ulsterman had hoped for a podium finish but unfortunately his front-row start didn’t translate into the result he had wanted, and he came home in fourth place.

“I got a bad start and was too careful getting through the pack. I was wary after all the other incidents we’ve had this year. I should have pushed sooner as I let the front runners get away. I want to go one place better at Silverstone, I like the track and I’ve had good results there in the past.”

Luke Jones had what he described as a frustrating race as every time he moved forward another rider would make a harsh move and put him back again. He finally finished in ninth place.

“I got a good start and on the first lap I made up a number of places. On the last corner on lap two I hit a false neutral and ran on. That dropped me to about 16th and I lost the group I had been battling with. I got back through some of them but every time I made a place someone put a do-or-die move on me and ran us both wide. It was very frustrating. I can’t wait to get to Silverstone as I love it there; it is one of my favourite tracks.”

Mike McLean also had an eventful race finishing in 18th position; he lost a lot of places avoiding another rider and had to work hard to pull himself back into the top 20.

“I got a good start and I made a few places into the first corner. Then a rider in front of me had a near high-side and I had to brake on the back straight, as I tried to get away I was in the wrong gear so that held me back too. I had hoped for points as I’d qualified in 16th. I’ll just have to try and make up for it at Silverstone.”

Irishman Cody Nally had even more bad luck when he was punted off at the first corner. He picked his MAP Raceways Yamaha up and returned to the action but had to retire as his handlebars were too badly bent.  

The 11th round of the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship will take place at Silverstone on the 25th – 27th September.

Race result:

1. Luke Mossey        Yamaha            20:04.452
2. Jamie Hamilton        Kawasaki            +2.507
3. Luke Stapleford        Kawasaki            +4.581
4. Nikki Coates        MAP Raceways Yamaha    +11.582
5. Jess Trayler        Kawasaki            +15.238
6. Daniel Kneen        Honda                +15.489
7. Johnny Blackshaw    Yamaha            +15.670
8. Jonathan Dickson    Yamaha            +15.737
9. Luke Jones        Map Raceways Yamaha    +15.931
10. Matt Bilton        Yamaha            +16.463
18. Mike McLean        MAP Raceways Yamaha    +26.794
DNF: Cody Nally        Map Raceways Yamaha     6 laps

Championship standings:
1. Jamie Hamilton    165
2. Luke Mossey    118
3. Luke Jones    112
4. Jesse Trayler    101
5. Matt Bilton        92
6. Daniel Kneen    88
7. Patrick McDougall 82
8. Luke Stapleford    77
9. Joe Burns        53
10. Leon Hunt    48
11. Nikki Coates    46
35. Mike McLean    4
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