Josh Elliott is the leading local light as Norwich’s Morello Racing deliver home glory on Snetterton’s British Superbike weekend
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Josh Elliott's stunning Sunday win was the highlight from a healthy flock of local interests away from the British Superbikes round at Snetterton.
The Superstock 1000 championship leader, riding for Norwich's Morello Racing, qualified just behind title rival Alastair Seeley on Saturday with the pair more than a second ahead of the field.
So it always seemed victory would be a two-man battle – and what a battle it was as the pair nipped and tucked all race.
Elliott continued to probe for the best way through – one he could make stick. He chose the final lap around the outside of Coram, blocked Seeley off at Murrays, and pulled it all together as he held the lead over the drag race to the chequered flag and took a win that impressed all onlookers.
The 21-year-old duly extended his championship lead by nine points, with nearest rival Hudson Kennaugh third and Morello team-mate John Ingram 11th.
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'I was lining that move up all race,' beamed Elliott. 'I expected him to come back past me on the straight so to hold on, I couldn't believe it.
'I had to win for Steve (Buckenham, team owner) – it's his home race and all his family, friends and sponsors are here – so I had to do it. It's good to see we've had some much backing and it's really nice to come over from Northern Ireland and be welcomed so much.'
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Norfolk's Evo-class contenders in the lead support series Supersports had a quiet weekend. King's Lynn's Freddy Pett scored points in both races, while Norwich rider Olly Savage kept out of trouble on his return, but was well off the pace at his home track.
The Superstock 600s saw Gorleston's Charlie King make up places on his qualifying to come home 22nd, while Norwich's Jack Keen took 28th from a field of more than 40.
It was a painful home race for Long Stratton's Ben Bygrave, as he and crew Justin Sharpe flipped their bike in Saturday's qualifying for the opening British Sidecar Championship race – leaving Sharpe with a broken wrist and ending their weekend.
A broken chain ended Saturday's race one after just four laps for rider Martin Kirk and Attleborough's Ben Hughes. The pair finished yesterday's second race 11th.
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