2008 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Rounds 17 & 18 - Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire
Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider Guy Martin bounced back to something like form with a pair of solid points scoring rides in front of another massive bank holiday crowd in round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park.
With team mate James Ellison sidelined due to a training injury caused the previous week when motocrossing in Spain, it was left to the 27 year old from Kirmington to uphold the team's honour at his local circuit.
Despite the handicap of a row six start, Martin battled to fifteenth place in the opening race whereby he followed it up with a fine eleventh in the second race to make it his first double points scoring finish since the rescheduled Brands Hatch round in May, and in doing so now lies in 18th in the Championship, with Ellison in seventh.
In the Metzeler National 1000cc Superstock Championship Kieran Clarke, aboard the 1000cc Hydrex Bike Animal Honda Fireblade, finished in seventeenth in the reduced 12-lap race so failed to add to his points tally.
Guy Martin: "I think we're getting there. I almost got tenth in the second race but just couldn't quite get past. At every other meeting we've been so far away but now we're going in the right direction and have a good base setting. We've got through the weekend without any major problems, so it's a big thanks to all the lads and lasses. It could be worse, I could have parked it in the pond!"
Kieran Clarke: "After two years away I found it really difficult this weekend and it didn't help when I crashed in practice and missed a lot of track time. About four laps from the end of the race I felt as if I was just about ready to start qualifying so we're going to go and do some testing and get some miles under my belt so that we can come back battling at Croft. I'm disappointed not to score points and hopefully we can put that right next time out."
Shaun Muir (Team Owner): "After what looked to be a disastrous weekend for us, Guy pulled a rabbit out of the hat for us and in all fairness he rode really well. I was watching him on the back part of the circuit and he just needs to be a little more aggressive but I'm pleased that he scored points in both races and he was unlucky not to get inside the top ten in race two. It was unfortunate for James as he had to sit this weekend out due to the training injury he received last week and hopefully he will be fit for Donington in two weeks time and we'll assess his progress over the next week before making a decision. As for Kieran, we realise he needs some time on the bike and hopefully all three riders will continue to score points at our local round in three weeks time at Croft."
Superbike Race One Result1, Leon Haslam (Honda) 26m42.195s, 2, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +0.551s, 3, Shane Byrne (Ducati) +8.819s, 4, Leon Camier (Ducati) +11.981s, 5, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) +18.970s, 6, Michael Rutter (Ducati) +19.482s, 7, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) +22.094s, 8, Michael Laverty (Suzuki) +26.571s, 9, Atsushi Watanabe (Suzuki) +33.816s, 10, Gary Mason (Honda) +34.606s. 15, Guy Martin (Hydrex Bike Animal Honda) +41.964s.
Superbike Race Two Result1, Leon Haslam (Honda) 22m11.771s, 2, Tom Sykes (Suzuki) +0.541s, 3, Shane Byrne (Ducati) +0.910s, 4, Leon Camier (Ducati) +1.269s, 5, Michael Rutter (Ducati) +16.556s, 6, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) +23.458s, 7, Atsushi Watanabe (Suzuki) +27.178s, 8, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +27.375s, 9, Michael Laverty (Suzuki) +28.549s, 10, Karl Harris (Yamaha) +37.426s, 11, Guy Martin (Hydrex Bike Animal Honda) +37.565s.
2008 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings after Round 91. Shane Byrne (Ducati) 364pts2. Tom Sykes (Suzuki) 254pts3. Leon Haslam (Honda) 249pts4. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 236pts5. Leon Camier (Ducati) 205pts6. Michael Rutter (Ducati) 195pts7. James Ellison (Hydrex Bike Animal Honda) 177pts8. Simon Andrews (Yamaha) 127pts9. Michael Laverty (Suzuki) 125pts10. Tristan Palmer (Honda) 84pts18. Guy Martin (Hydrex Bike Animal Honda) 27pts
Round 2 - 18th/20th April - Thruxton, HantsRound 3 - 3rd/5th May - Oulton Park, CheshireRound 1 - 10th/11th May - Brands Hatch GP, KentRound 4 - 24th/26th May - Donington Park, LeicsRound 5 - 13th/15th June - Snetterton, NorfolkRound 6 - 27th/29th June - Mallory ParkRound 7 - 18th/20th July - Oulton Park, CheshireRound 8 - 8th/10th August - Knockhill, FifeRound 9 - 23rd/25th August - Cadwell Park, LincsRound 10 - 12th/14th September - Croft, North YorkshireRound 11 - 26th/28th September, Silverstone, NorthantsRound 12 - 10th/12th October - Brands Hatch Indy, Kent