Luke Stapleford riding for the Profile Triumph team sponsored by Krombacher brewery had a strong weekend at round three of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. He gained ninth place in the sprint race on the Saturday but a stunning fourth place in the feature race on Sunday.
Luke was riding well all weekend and was able to qualify in sixth place for the sprint race on Saturday, unfortunately Luke got caught up in the opening few turns which forced him backwards down the pack and he was in 12th place after lap one. Once he got his head down his times were good but the leading riders had made a break, he dug deep and worked hard to get back through to ninth place at the end of the 10 lap race.
His time in race one put him in fifth position for the main race on Sunday, he got a superb start in the main 15-lap race and got away with the front runners and was lying in second into turn two. After the opening lap he was in third, he dropped slightly backwards in the early stages of the race to sixth but in the final laps Luke was the fastest man on the track, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 13. He worked hard and fought to a solid fourth place and now he is lying in fifth in the Championship standings.
Luke Stapleford - "It's been a little bit of a frustrating weekend as we had a few problems early on in the sessions with the bike so my track time was slightly limited. I got a good time in qualifying and was pretty happy with that but I got fully boxed in the opening two turns and I lost so many places I was kicking myself. I knew I had to really dig deep and my times after half distance were as good as the boys up at the front, sadly it was too late and I had to settle for ninth.
I was fortunate as my time in the race put me in fifth place on the grid for race two, this time I was eager to make sure I got off the line well and I was up to second by turn one. I didn't get into race rhythm as fast as I would have liked and lost a few places. Once again my times towards the end of the race were ideal but again I was playing catch up, I'm happy to have set the fastest lap of the race and secure fourth place which I'm made up with."
Julian Penny - Krombacher UK - "It is really good for us to be supporting both Luke Stapleford and Mossey in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship. The racing market is our target audience and this is why we choose to become so involved with the team. I'm so pleased for them today with the results they have gained this weekend and both are now looking and feeling confident as we head to Knockhill for round four."
Personal Sponsors 2014
Profile Logistics, Krombacher Brewery, Motul, Doodson, Moto Direct, AGV, RST, Weiss/Fowlers