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Following the mid-season switch to Honda machinery a second CBR1000RR Fireblade was built in the space of a week with the team welcoming aboard David Anthony for the latest round of the hard fought BSB championship.
With the stage set for three races the weekend schedule was hectic, and following a saturated opening day on track, “Aussie Dave’s” acclimatisation to the Honda was cut short after being punted off by Alistair Seeley after only three laps of qualifying.
Although the Australian was uninjured the bike had cart-wheeled through the gravel trap. Once back to the pits the team finished rebuilding the machine as pit lane opened for the first race.
Unfortunately Anthony retired during the race with a technical issue, whilst teammate Tom Tunstall continued to build confidence, finishing 19th and setting his fastest laps of the weekend in the final two laps.
Race two saw Anthony knock another second off his lap time taking 18th at the flag with Tunstall hampered by bike set-up two places behind.
The final race saw Yorkshireman Tunstall retire on the opening lap after a sensor failure causing the bike to stall and misfire. Meanwhile AMA [American Superbike] regular Anthony was embroiled in a five way scrap for 19th but missed out on another top 20 finish.
Anthony concluded, “It's great to be back in BSB with the Doodson Motorsport team, I need more time on the bike right now and I’m looking forward to getting to Brands and moving forward there”
Rider and team owner Tom Tunstall summed up the weekend:
“When you remember that it has been our first weekend with two riders, two bikes, a new team structure, combined with the tight schedule and Dave being new to the Honda I’m pleased with how the team worked and we’ve built some good foundations to build on.
“We’ve still got more potential to extract from the bikes and this will come, we just need more track time to optimise set-up, understand how the bike reacts to changes, and keep the good progress going”.
The second half of the 2012 season kicks off in less than two weeks time as the teams return to Brands Hatch GP circuit over the weekend of July 20th-22nd.
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