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Eventful Knockhill for Walker and Co

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Chris Walker, Luke Mossey and Tristan Palmer managed to bring home some results at a weather stricken round six of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Knockhill in Scotland this weekend.

Walker had an eventful race one which saw three re-starts. The first red flag was produced due to torrential rain. Red flag number two unfortunately involved Walker who was forced off track to avoid a crashing Dan Linfoot. Walker landed in the middle of the tarmac and was lucky not to be hit by the chasing pack. The debris from the crash needed to be cleared so the third red flag appeared.

When the race finally got underway it was reduced to 15 laps and Walker had to start from the back row of the grid due to the crash as the grid was based on the rider’s position at the time of the final red flag. Walker, aboard his GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, was fast off the line and got up to 17th on the first lap, he made steady progress on the first six laps working his way forward to 10th position which he held to the chequered flag.

With the disjointed race out of the way Walker was due to start race two from 12th place based on his fastest lap in race one. However the race lasted all of one lap due to a crash involving a number of riders. The race was red flagged immediately and didn’t re-start as the weather had deteriorated.

Walker said: “What can I say other than it was one of those days. I didn’t make any mistakes but ended up in the middle of two pile ups. My bike is pretty beaten up and I’ve got a dead leg, but we can pick up the pieces and get it turned around in time for Snetterton. I managed to salvage a top-ten from a back row start so I can’t be too disappointed.”

Mossey and his Triumph 675 had a superb race day once again picking up the Fuchs-Silkolene Supersport Cup win and 11th overall, finishing ahead of Championship front runner Billy McConnell. He qualified in a solid tenth place which he maintained for the bulk of the race.

Mossey said: “It’s been a tough weekend as we had a breakdown on Friday and then spent Saturday chasing setup. I was pleased to qualify in tenth place, I thought we would get a dry race but it poured down just before we went out. I got a good start and running in the top-ten trying to stay with the leaders when the pace car came out. That upset my rhythm a little and then I got beaten up in the last turn and lost a few places. I made them back up, passed Billy and tried to catch the next group but they were too far ahead. I’m happy with the outcome so now I can’t wait to get to Snetterton as it is my local round and I want a good result.”

Palmer had a baptism of fire at Knockhill as he didn’t make it to Scotland until Saturday due to unforeseen circumstances. That meant he missed out on valuable track time during Friday’s free practice and first qualifying on Saturday for the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship. He still managed to qualify in fifth place and finished the race in a healthy fourth aboard his BMW S1000RR.

Palmer said: “Considering how the weather has been we actually had a good dry line and everyone was on dry tyres. It went pretty well for me. I got an ok start and slotted straight into fifth place. I couldn’t keep with the front runners as I’d only had one session on track ahead of the race so I didn’t quite have my settings right. I decided to settle for points instead and make sure I stay in the Championship chase, I’m still fourth overall so that is great.”

The seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship will take place on the 16th–18th July at Snetterton in Norfolk.

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