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The riders weren’t allowed on to the GP circuit until Saturday, so there was an Official Test on Friday but come Saturday both Coates and Brown were out early for Free Practice. Brown showed his intentions for the weekend by setting good pace and getting into the top ten. Coates also showed promising signs but was hampered slightly as the setup on his Yamaha R6 needed changing in preparation for the afternoon’s qualifying.
In qualifying Brown continued to impress by setting a strong early lap time which put him on the front of the third row in ninth. Coates, however, was unlucky with a red flag being brought out with 7 minutes of the session remaining, halting an improving lap time. With grip levels worse due to the oil, the cause of the red flag, he wasn’t able to go any quicker leaving him on the fifth row.
In Sunday`s first race, the Sprint Race, Brown got off to a poor start. He was pushed back to twelfth on the first lap but battled through to come home in a very creditable eighth. Coates also had a positive ride, making a good start and getting the better of two other riders to take eleventh.
Later that afternoon the British Supersport race Brown made a much better start. Straight away he was involved in a five bike battle for eighth but on the slow left hand Surtees bend he ground down the foot-rest, causing him to crash out whilst lying in ninth place. Shortly after that the red flag was brought out and the race reduced to a six lap dash. Coates immediately took advantage and pulled away from the chasing pack, eventually coming home in a lonely but impressive tenth.
Afterwards Deane Brown said “Overall another good weekend; once again we’ve moved in the right direction. In the first race I made a poor start but had a good first lap which in effect made up for it. I was in a battle with Richard Cooper and Sam Warren and to get the better of them was pleasing. Eighth doesn’t sound the best but when you consider the depth of talent in Supersport with Warren winning races and Cooper being a Superstock 1000 Champion, a top ten finish is not a bad result.
He added “In race two I was once again in a battle with my nearest rivals but Surtees caught me out. It`s uphill and I think the foot rest caught the ground causing the bike to jump up. It then clipped the gear lever so the rear wheel span up and I was in the gravel. It was bad luck but it happens sometimes. Big thanks to the team and will be looking to stay on at Cadwell Park next month.”
Nikki Coates commented “At the start of the weekend I was hoping to be knocking on the door of the top ten start but that wasn’t to be after a disappointing qualifying. In the first race I was happy with my performance as I came from 17th to finish 11th. In the second race it was good to get into the top ten from another poor grid place but I think if I could of got away better, I could have been in the battle for 7th and on a track like Brands there are plenty of places to pass. Huge thanks go out to the mechanics because, once again, my Yamaha R6 was the best bike out there. I`m also grateful for the support from everyone involved with team Colin Appleyard/ Macadam Racing with Doodson Insurance for all their hard work. Roll on Cadwell!”
Dan Kinloch in the Superstock 600 Championship continued to make progress throughout the weekend. Unfortunately with no Free Practices Kinloch went straight into qualifying and this lack of track knowledge and setup proved costly as he only managed to qualify 27th on the grid. On Sunday, although he didn’t challenge for the points, he made steadily moved through the field to finish 24th and in doing so went over 1.5 seconds a lap quicker than he had done in qualifying. Hopefully, this will go some way to restoring the confidence he has been lacking.
In the Motostar 125 race Ryan Watson struggled to regain the form he has lost over the last couple of rounds eventually bringing the bike home in tenth place. Earlier a disappointing qualifying session left him 13th on the grid, 2.6 seconds off of the pace. Another poor start in the race itself left him languishing at the back of the field after the first lap. He was, however, able to find some pace and fought his way through to cross the line in 10th place. Even with this blip in form, he is still lying 5th in the Championship - 14 points off of second.
Robin Appleyard, team manager, would like to thank to all the guests and sponsors who made the trip down to Brands Hatch and also to the ladies for their excellent catering.
Whilst there is now a break in the championship before the next meeting at Cadwell Park on the August Bank holiday weekend – 25th to 27th August – Robin intends to ensure there is no rest for the riders having arranged a thorough testing schedule.
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