Buildbase Suzuki’s Richard Cooper extended his points lead in the National Superstock 1000 Championship, winning at Snetterton on his GSX-R1000R yesterday, as the season passes the halfway point.
Cooper topped every session over the weekend, including setting pole position in qualifying by a whole second. He went on to win the 12-lap race by two and a half seconds, and now holds a 42.5-point advantage in the championship standings.
Richard Cooper: “We can’t be anything other than happy with the weekend; topping every session, taking the win, and more importantly extending the championship lead. We’re in a really good place with the bike, to the point I pretty much just get on it and ride it in each session, and the team did another brilliant job this weekend. I’m really enjoying my racing and hopefully it continues now for the second half of the season.”
In the two Bennetts British Superbike Championship races, Bradley Ray came away with a brace of 13th place finishes after a tricky weekend in Norfolk, while Luke Stapleford unfortunately suffered a crash in race one. He climbed into the points in race two to finish 15th.
Bradley Ray: “It didn’t quite come together this weekend as we’d hoped. We were just struggling to find the missing piece of the puzzle to give us the speed to challenge in the top-10. It’s a shame, but we’re still feeling positive after some of the progress we’ve made in recent rounds and will hopefully pick up from that point at Thruxton.”
Luke Stapleford: “Naturally I’m disappointed with the weekend. We were hoping for more and it was a tough one. We struggled to get comfortable and then we had the crash and it compounded the problems a bit for us. But as always, everyone’s working hard and hopefully we’ll be able to bounce back at the next round.”