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28th June 2010 

Tunstall Has Them Falling At His Feet

British Superbike racer Tom Tunstall emerged from an eventful latest round of the championship with more points on the tally despite having riders quite literally falling at his feet.

At only 1.41miles in length, Mallory Park in Leicestershire provides a unique challenge for riders of the high powered 1000cc machines. Comprising of three tight chicanes and a hairpin there is not rest bite between hard acceleration and heavy braking meaning each of Sundays two 30lappers was going to be physically testing.

Lap times as expected were frustratingly close with Tunstall posting a time of 57.4seconds to take 23rd on the grid but only 0.15seconds from a tantalisingly close top 12 position.

With track temperatures of over 50degress and ambient close to 30DegC, the BSB riders were in for an even more physical encounter than first thought.

The first race was abandoned after only five laps following a nasty collision in the ultra tight Gerrard’s chicane. On the restart the 33riders once again attempted to funnel through the awkward first chicane. Unfortunately ex-MotoGP rider Chris Burns collided with another rider and hit the floor directly in front of Tunstall’s bike. Trying to avoid hitting either Burns or his stricken Aprilia Tunstall lost time and positions ending lap one back in 24th.

Once back up to speed the Yorkshireman impressively worked his way back up the field & with a handful of laps remaining Tunstall had caught a four rider dice for 14th.

After out braking Supermoto Champion Christian Iddon into “Edwina’s Chicane” the Doodson Motorsport backed rider then dived up the inside of Buildbase Kawasaki’s Adam Jenkinson at the start on the final lap. Jenkinson fought straight back but Tunstall once again made the pass stick and crossed the line in 15th collecting more championship points and only a couple of tenths from a season best finish.

In race two Tunstall got off the line well only to suffer a similar misfortune – this time with BMW rider Steve Brogan crashing out in front of the Huddersfield based rider.

However this time Tunstall was forced off the track, across grass and gravel rejoining well 
down the pack having lost a lot of ground. Although he valiantly fought back the time lost was too great and he was unable to replicate the race one result.

“I really worked hard today, the job was made tougher after being held up with crashes in front of me in both races, and we also had a gearbox issue which didn’t help. I fought hard every lap and in race one to get points was great. In race two the task was too great after being forced off the track, it’s just one of those things. I’m really happy with how the bike & team worked throughout the weekend and we’ll be looking for more points at Knockhill!”

Round six of the BSB Championship takes place north of the border in Scotland this weekend, with two races on the 4th of July.

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com