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5th May 2010 

Tunstall Gets Taken Out! 

The third round of the 2010 British Superbike Championships turned out to be a literally up and down event for Doodson Motorsport Racer Tom Tunstall. The Yorkshireman was thrown from his machine having been clipped by another rider.

Renowned for its undulating and technical layout the picturesque Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park staged the latest round of the “BSB” Championships. For Tom Tunstall the practice sessions were all about getting dialled in. Hampered by a few machine issues Tunstall was playing catch up going into qualifying and only just missed the second phase by 0.07seconds taking 21st position on the grid.

In the first of the days two races Tunstall quickly got to work making his way through the field. Having already past five riders Tunstall started the fourth lap by passing Suzuki mounted Aaron Zanotti into the first “Old Hall” corner.
However exiting the corner Zanotti re-passed and as he did the two riders touched with Zanotti's bike clipping Tunstall’s front brake lever launching both Tunstall and his bike into the air at over 100miles per hour.

Fortunately Tunstall escaped the incident with only bruises however his machine wasn’t as fortunate and was too badly damaged to be repaired for the second race.

A sore but fortunate Tunstall explained:
“I guess we just put it down as a racing accident as I’m sure he didn’t mean to hit my bike, but the result is the same and it’s disappointing and just as frustrating not to have been able to get out for the second race.
“But this is all part of racing and we’ll dust ourselves down and get the bike straightened out for the next round. Also I’m pretty fortunate not to be more injured, coming off at that speed – it was certainly a fast one. A few hot baths I’ll be sorted out and preparing ready for the next round”

Tunstall has just over two weeks to wait with Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire staging the first of two BSB events in 2010 over the weekend of May 21st – 23rd.

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com