A struggle to get to grips for RAF riders during latest BSB round at Knockhill

Morello Racing’s Davey Todd crashes in qualifying for Superstock 600. Picture: Barry Clay

Morello Racing’s Davey Todd crashes in qualifying for Superstock 600. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Three of the four local riders hit the deck in mixed conditions at round four of the British Superbike Championships, which took place at Knockhill in Scotland.

In race one of the Superbike class, the RAF Regular and Reserve Team's new rider, 20-year-old Jake Dixon, made a great start, but as he came into the hairpin on the third lap he went down with Shane Byrne.

Unfortunately, Dixon had got to his feet – only to be hit by another rider, and was knocked down again and was lucky to get away with heavy bruising.

Seeley had issues with wheel spin and could not get the power down exiting corners. However, he finished 15th and grabbed the last point.

By the time the riders lined up for the second race it had been raining heavily for a couple of hours and track conditions were lethal.

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Despite this, and the pain he was in, Dixon lined up on the grid, and when the lights went out he was on a charge.

With heavy spray and running water on the track, Dixon was still able to fly through the field and the pain barrier, and by the time the flag came out he was in 13th place and ahead of some of the established top riders in the class.

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Seeley was having a fight of his own a bit further back with James Rispoli and Michael Laverty and this time came home in 18th place and out of the points.

In the Superstock 1000, Morello Racing's Fraser Rogers was flying in one of the few dry races and had been dicing with Michael Rutter for a while.

Rogers was suffering from some bruising and a painful shoulder as a result of a nasty crash in qualifying, when he managed to demolish three advertising hoardings, but it did not seem to slow him down as he took fifth position in the race.

In the Superstock 600, Morello's Davey Todd had to start from the back of the grid as he crashed and never got a qualifying time in and then to add to his misery the red flag came out as he was starting to come through the field – he is starting to see the championship slip away from him.

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