Richard Cooper had his sights set on the podium looking to match his successful debut win at the Cheshire circuit earlier on in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season. As the triple-header weekend played out Coopers Showdown position hopes were dashed.
Race one saw the Buildbase BMW duo both finish within the top ten, onto race two, the grid line up saw the red and white BMW team-mates line up together on the fifth row, Cooper had a lot of work to do on a challenging circuit after a bad start which saw him drop back into 16th. He worked hard to fight through the pack, making several passes early on, a run off the track lost both time and places in the race forcing the no.47 rider to cross the line in 12th. Jackson had great race pace, setting the fastest time on lap three, however his chances were hindered after an incident left him crashing out.
Race three, the Showdown decider, was a tough battle for Cooper, who started the from 14th on the grid. The fight to stay in contention was clear as the intensity turned up on the final race of the weekend. Following a serious crash for Jake Dixon at Hizzys early on in the race the safety car was deployed. Once the race resumed it looked like Cooper had what it takes, making a move on Laverty into fourth. However, it didn’t stick to the end as the other contenders also upped the ante in the final push to the finish line. Richard came in sixth, taking him out of the Showdown and Lee crossed the chequered flag in eighth.
Current Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship leader Taylor Mackenzie took his sixth pole position of the season so far. A scorching start from the grid set the scene for an action packed race between Mackenzie and rival Tyco BWM riders Josh Elliot and Ian Hutchinson. An incident on the final corner took both Taylor and Ian out of the race. Mackenzie still stands on top of the championship standings 23 points clear of Hutchy.
Taylor Mackenzie: I was disappointed to end the weekend with a crash
“After taking pole position and feeling comfortable all weekend I was really disappointed to end the weekend with a crash. However I’m really excited going into my home round with a 23 point lead in the championship and I’ll be doing everything I can to bring home a win at my favourite circuit of the year.”
Steve Hicken, Team Manager: Taylor was unfortunate
“It is disappointing that we didn’t make the Showdown with Richard, but we will concentrate now on winning the Riders Cup and being the top BMW. Taylor was very unfortunate not to take the victory, but we look forward to the next round at Donington Park this coming weekend.”
Kiko Giles @MotoGPKiko