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13th September 2010 

 More Points For Tunstall

With the tenth round of the 2010 British Superbike Championships taking place at the North Yorkshire circuit of Croft over the weekend, Doodson Motorsport racer Tom Tunstall took the opportunity to notch up more championship points with the season’s best finish of 14th in race one.

Changeable weather affected the practice sessions limiting set-up time for the teams and after reaching the second phase of qualifying, Tunstall was still chasing an optimum set-up on the team’s Honda CBR1000RR and slipped from 17th to 20th.

“We’re still looking to improve how the bike works around here. It’s not been easy as dry track time has been limited with the weather & it’s a bumpy circuit. Its hard work to ride consistently fast but we’ve got morning warm up to try and improve the setting then it’s just a case of doing the best with what I’ve got!”

Tunstall was lucky to survive the first lap of race one after being hit by Australian David Johnson in the second corner. The impact damaged Tom’s seat and cost the Yorkshireman vital time and places. After two laps following the safety car, Tunstall got to work at regaining places.

By lap 17 was up to 16th. Overhauling a three second gap Tunstall passed Hudson Kennaugh to take 15th on the penultimate lap. Then just two corners from home Yukio Kagayama momentarily ran onto the grass just in front of Tom. Needing no invitation Tunstall picked up another place to cross the line in a hard earned 14th.

With a 21st in the second race Tunstall rounded up the weekend:

“I was scratching my head after qualifying with the bike set-up. Fortunately the guys from Ohlins [Suspension] pointed us in the right direction which meant I was fighting the bike less in the races. It’s great to get some more points on the board and we want to keep building the momentum at Silverstone. I haven’t ridden the new track there yet, but it looks mega, I can’t wait”.

In just under two weeks time the penultimate round of the series takes place on the new Silverstone Arena GP circuit. Modified over winter to stage the British round of Moto GP, it will be the first time British Superbikes have utilised the revised 3.66 mile layout.

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com

photo courtesy of motoprofessional.com