Posted: 20 Jun 2011
RACE ONE – Hill back on top
Tommy Hill onboard the R1 of Swan Yamaha proved to be back in form following a shoulder injury. After securing pole position in wet qualifying, Hill went on to destroy the competition by leading from the first lap and putting himself out of danger. The end result was a stunning fast lap display time and time again to end up nearly nine seconds clear of the chasing pack.
That pack consisted of Kawasaki rider Mason, Suzuki seated Hopkins and HM Plant Honda man Byrne and these three kept the crowd enthralled for most of race distance. The eventual order of play finished with Hopkins and Bryne scooping second and third respectively to add to their growing tally of points.
Mason eventually settled for fourth, some way ahead of Josh Brookes on the Relentless Suzuki. Kiyonari showed himself totally out of form and virtually out of championship contention with what can only be described as a lacklustre performance to finish tenth.
RACE TWO – A brilliant pair of Swan wins
Old stager Shane ‘Shaky’ Byrne was not prepared to sit on his laurels as title leader and charged to the front on the opening lap hotly pursued by a rejuvenated Hill. But it took until lap 10 when Hill finally got to the front and made it stick by passing the finish flag by just over seconds from Byrne.
Byrne dint have it all his own way though, with heavy pressure from Hill’s team-mate Laverty. But Byrne’s cool-headed experience paid off to leave Laverty third and sixth overall in the championship.
Unusually, John Hopkins wasn’t having such a good day and race two eventually saw his fourth place disappear on lap seven when Duffers Dip claimed him as another victim. This incident also ended the challenges of Josh Brookes and Hopkins’ team-mate Kirkham when the American’s rider-less bike forced both riders off their bikes.
Fortunately for Kyonari the Hopkins incident elevated the Japanese rider to fourth place where he remained to race end. James Westmoreland claimed fifth place.
Bryne now leads the championship by 31 points over John Hopkins while the double win by Hill springboards him to third place and Laverty fourth.