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1st October 2012 

Another Positive Weekend for Doodson Motorsport

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Another Positive Weekend for Doodson Motorsport

Off the back of an impressive performance at Assen, Robbin Harms and the Doodson Motorsport team used the latest round of the British Superbike Championships at Silverstone to once again demonstrate a solid top ten pace.

With two top ten finishes less than a week earlier at the previous round, Danish Superbike rookie Robbin Harms was keen to keep the impetus going at the penultimate round of the 2012 series staged at Silverstone over the weekend.

Harms was quickly up to speed ending the first dry practice session in ninth, however finding a bike set-up to suit the fast, flat 3.67mile circuit proved a challenge and the Dane slipped down the order getting caught out of the closely fought first phase of qualifying, ending the session frustrated and 21st on the grid.

Teammate Tom Tunstall was also struggling to find a good feeling with the bike, hindered slightly by a 110mph crash in practice and recorded a time to give him a 29th place grid slot.

Overnight changes by the Doodson team to Harms Honda helped the Copenhagen rider get back up to speed and he posted the sixth fastest time in the race day morning warm-up session.

Held in dry but cool conditions, race one saw Harms struggle off the line ending lap one in 22nd place. An inspired ride saw him climb his way up to 11th by lap nine but the gap to Ian Lowry, Luca Scassa and Chris Walker all battling for eight was too big to bridge in the remaining laps. Just missing out on his third top ten in a row, Harms strong ride had earned him a second row starting position for race two with the eighth fastest time.

Despite equalling his qualifying pace Tunstall had an uneventful race home taking 23rd.

In race two Harms completed the opening lap in tenth and started to work his way forwards passing fellow Honda rider Lowry for ninth on lap two. The third lap saw him pull clear and close the gap to the leading group setting the fourth fastest lap of the race in the process. 
However an engine issue brought an early end to Harm’s race robbing him and the team of another solid top ten finish.

Harms concluded:
This week was not easy. We were struggling a lot to find a setup which made my qualifying difficult. Sunday morning we went the right direction and finished 6th fastest.
In Race one my clutch decided not to work in the start so I had a lot of positions to catch which went well. My rear tyre was no good with five laps to go so it was hard to take my 11th Place home."

"In race two we made some setup changes that worked out good. I was on the tail of the leading pack making fourth fastest race time until my engine stopped the fun.
I am happy with our progress and that we are able to solve the setup problems. I like to thank the Doodson team for this race meeting and am happy that we showed some of what we capable of.”

Tunstall added:
"Silverstone was a tough one for me on track but it was certainly another positive weekend for Doodson Motorsport. Robbin and the team managed to overcome set-up issues to once again demonstrate impressive pace. A technical issue in race two means the results don’t fully reflect the potential. Our focus now is to continue the momentum and a strong finish to the season at Brands Hatch.”

The final round of the 2012 British Superbike championship takes place in three races around the Brands Hatch GP circuit over the weekend of the 12th – 14th of October.

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com 

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com