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24th May 2010 

Tunstall Bounces Back! 

Doodson Motorsport racer Tom Tunstall bounced back from a massive crash at the previous round and series of mechanical issues to score his first Championship points at the British Superbike races held over the weekend.

Round four of the 2010 series was staged for the first of two visits to Cadwell Park. Having been knocked off a few weeks earlier the after effects of the crash hampered Tunstall and his Yorkshire based team during the practice sessions, Tunstall explained:

“We were on the back foot when we got here, we couldn’t communicate with our electronics system which meant no data logging and we couldn’t adjust any settings. In free practice one the bike was still bent and therefore not handling at all & we were plagued by oil leaks in the third session. As a result was we only managed to do one out of the three sessions and were suffering from the lack of track time.

“For qualifying we changed the set-up of the bike and I just worked at getting into a rhythm. All the work started to pay off & I managed to lap faster than I’d done before around here.

With sunshine baking the 2.18mile Lincolnshire circuit Tunstall took his 17th place on the grid for the first of Sunday’s two races.

Throughout the 18lapper Tunstall continued to build his pace and worked his way through from 21st to 15th and notch up his first championship points finish of the season.

Race two saw the Denby Dale rider get pushed back to 23rd in the first few corners and once again he worked his way through the field but this time his progress was halted after Dan Linfoot crashed his Yamaha in the “Mountain” section of the track leaving the organisers no
choice but to red flag the race four laps early.

“To be honest I’m happy just to get two race finishes under my belt. We’ve had an “eventful” start to the season and I’ve only seen the chequered flag twice out of the first six races!

“This weekend as well started tough. The whole team have worked incredibly hard since we arrived and it feels like we’ve finally started to turn the corner. It’s great to get some points and with the four week break before the next round I’m confident we can get the bike back to 100percnet, build on this weekend and come back stronger.

The fifth round of the championship takes place at Mallory Park near Leicester on June 25th-27th.

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com