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11th September 2012 

Doodson Motorsport in the Points at Donington

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Doodson Motorsport in the Points at Donington

The continued progress of the Doodson Motorsport British Superbike Team was evident at the latest round with Robbin Harms scoring the first points for the team since switching back to Honda machinery.

The Doodson backed team continue to work hard playing “catch up” since the mid-season switch of manufacturer and arrived at the latest round at Donington Park with improvements to both engine spec and electronics mapping of the CBR1000RR Fireblades.

 Joining Tom Tunstall once again Danish rider Robbin Harms was more accustomed to the fast and flowing nature of the 2.48 mile Leicestershire track having scored a podium finish there in the World Supersport Championship.

After a crash during practice and chassis set-up issues in qualifying, Harms was placed 24th on the grid, but he was back on target by race day morning warm up, posting 13th quickest time and more confident on the bike.

Tunstall made big improvements throughout the practice and although he didn’t match his best time in qualifying ending the session 26th, he was happy with the feeling from the bike and looking forward to the 20lap races.

Race one saw Harms start to charge his way up the field and was still lapping faster than the riders ahead when the Red Flag came out on Lap 11.

Tunstall who’d also made ground was chasing down last year’s Supersport champion Alistair Seeley when the Suzuki rider’s engine exploded just in front of the Yorkshire man down the fast Craner Curves section. Tunstall was very lucky to stay aboard his bike after losing the front end on the oil and following a trip through the gravel trap returned to the pits as the red flag gave chance for the circuit to be cleaned.

Over seven laps, the restarted race saw Harms maintain his advance and he took a well earned 15th place at the flag - taking his and the team’s first points on the Doodson Honda. Tunstall who’d been held up on the restart took 23rd.
Robbin’s impressive pace earned him a third row start with the 12th fastest time of race one. 

Although the second outing managed to run the full 20 lap distance it wasn’t to be for Harms as a sensor failure forced him to retire on the second lap. Tunstall ran a consistent pace and improved by two places over race one coming home in 21st.

Harms summed up his weekend:

“The team and I made a big step forward having a positive progress. I am very pleased with scoring a point for the team and starting on third row in race 2 where I was aiming for some more points. But unfortunately a technical problem forced me to enter pit in the opening laps.
I like to thank the team for helping me bringing my first BSB point in house and I’m looking 
forward to more points to come.”

Tunstall was also upbeat;

“Donington has been a very positive weekend for us. We’re still making significant steps forward with the bikes and our potential is starting to show. Robbin scoring points was testament to this and for me I’ve still got work to do on the bike but my feeling is getting better. Robbin, myself and the whole team are very much looking forward to continuing the good work at Assen”

The next round at Assen in Holland takes place over the weekend of the 21st – 23rd September.

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