Ryan Vickers refused to be thrown off course as he opens with a win at Donington
PUBLISHED: 18:29 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:29 03 April 2018
Thetford’s Ryan Vickers refused to be sidetracked by the weather during the first round of the British Superbikes at Donington Park.
While the rain tried its best to disrupt the meeting, it failed to put the brakes on Vickers, who carried on where he left off in last year’s final round by taking the first Superstock 600 win of the year on his Yamaha UK-supported 600 Yamaha.
Vickers is still carrying an injury from a test day crash that cost him a little finger, but it did not stop him putting in a superb effort and, despite losing the lead for a few laps, he led the one that counted and crossed the line to win.
Grant Newstead also enjoyed a great ride on the Tinklers-supported 600cc Yamaha and finished in seventh, collecting nine championship points.
Things didn’t go to plan for the RAF Marham-based RAF Regular and Reserves team in the Superbike class, despite Jake Dixon setting the second fastest time in the warm-up.
Starting 11th on the grid after a practice crash reduced his qualifying to just four minutes, Dixon had his work cut out, but then found he had clutch problems and he did well to just hang on to 11th at the line.
Race two on Monday was all about tyres and, once again starting 11th on full slicks did not help his cause as he had to wait for a dry line to appear before he could make his move towards the front.
By lap nine Dixon made his move and was soon up to sixth place but, with just two laps remaining, he ran on at the Melbourne Loop and was forced to settle for 12th.
In the Superstock 1000 class, Bowthorpe’s Morello Racing had electrical problems that hampered the weekend’s racing.
Josh Elliott managed to ride around it in the first race and, after losing the lead to Billy McConnell, managed to bring the Kawasaki home in second place overall in the two-part race. Sam Clarke took 14th in the first part of race one but high-sided out of Goddards in the second part. In race two Elliott took a sixth and Clarke was 15th. In the Ducati TriOptions Cup Kings Lynn’s RAF rider Michael Russell retired the True Heroes Racing Ducati and took 15th in Monday’s race.