Team Suzuki Press Office – September 7.

Tyco Suzuki riders John Hopkins and Josh Waters each took a Pole Position during today’s British Superbike Championship ninth round at Donington Park in Leicestershire, with the Australian taking the best of the finishing places with sixth in race one and fifth in race two.

Waters currently holds ninth place in the British Superbike Championship standings but has now closed the gap on eighth-placed James Ellison to just 13 points.

But Hopkins’ cruel misfortune continued to restrict his progress: Starting from Pole in race one, he was shuffled down to sixth position before an early Safety Car deployment; after which Hopper crashed at the Melbourne Loop, dropping him to a seventh-row grid position for race two. But he heroically fought-back from 19th place at the end of lap one to finish just inside the top-10 in ninth position after 20 tough laps on the 2.4-mile Donington Park circuit.

Josh Waters:

“I’m disappointed that I didn’t make more of the Pole Position in race two, but I let myself get bashed-up a bit on that first lap and had to come back from seventh position. But yeah, overall I’m happy with the weekend. We’re now starting to get inside that top-six regularly and today I believe I could have run in the battle for the final podium spot. But it’s coming together and we’re at the sharp-end and I’m learning all the time. I’m really enjoying riding the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 and although I’ve never been to the next round at Assen before, I’m sure come qualifying we’ll be good.”

John Hopkins:

“I lost a couple of places early on in race one and was unsettled; then I made some silly mistakes and lost more positions. After that I struggled to get the rhythm going and the pace car came out. I got my head down and got things going again, but I made a stupid mistake going into the Melbourne Loop, lost the front; and that ruined our day – as we had to start from the back of grid in race two. I did everything I could but burned my tyre up in the first half of the race, which meant I was just skating around in the last five laps. This whole last part of the season takes us to tracks I like, so we’re still on the hunt for that first podium, starting at Assen.”

Taylor Mackenzie also suffered bad luck in today’s second Supersport race getting taken out in a nasty incident on the start/finish straight just after the race had been started. Thankfully only battered and bruised, ‘TMac’ will look to redeem himself at Assen in two weeks’ time.

Taylor Mackenzie:

“I’m a bit battered and bruised after that incident, but it could have been a lot worse. I made a mistake in Saturday’s race, which cost me an opportunity to be battling for a podium and today there was nothing we could do about that. All I can do is regroup and come back stronger at Assen.”

Philip Neill - Team Manager:

“There’s no hiding the fact that we were certainly expecting more in terms of results after taking two pole positions this weekend. John got bashed-up a bit in the early laps of race one and it unsettled him and he made a mistake as he’s already said. Sadly that ruined his chances in race two having to start from row seven, so the wait continues for that first podium, but his qualifying pace proves he has the ingredients – he just needs to string it all together.

“Josh Waters again did what we asked of him taking points in the top-six. To put the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 on pole position for race two was very impressive, but being his first in BSB probably unnerved him a little – although he recovered well and did a solid job.

“Taylor is starting to show glimpses of good form in the Supersport class, but a mix of small mistakes and bad luck have robbed him of also scoring heavily on the points. The second race incident looked a bit nasty, so we’re just glad he’s not injured and ready to reload and go again at Assen, as we try to get him into podium contention.”

British Superbike Championship race one result:

1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW)
2. Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) +0.184s
3. Tommy Bridewell (Yamaha) +1.188s
4. Josh Brookes (Yamaha) +1.614s
5. Stuart Easton (Kawasaki) +4.519s
6. Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +5.298s
7. Peter Hickman (Honda) +5.598s
8. Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki) +10.852s
9. Patric Muff (BMW) +15.000s
10. James Westmoreland (BMW) +15.104s

British Superbike Championship race two result:

1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW)
2. Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) +0.489s
3. Josh Brookes (Yamaha) +1.183s
4. Stuart Easton (Kawasaki) +7.438s
5. Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +10.874s
6. Julien Da Costa (Honda Racing) +11.764s
7. Peter Hickman (Honda) +15.039s
8. James Westmoreland (BMW) +16.102s
9. John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +16.965s
10. Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +17.190s

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