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8th April 2013 

Strong Start for Doodson Motorsport

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Doodson Motorsport – Brands Hatch Indy Round 1

Doodson Motorsport Team rider Robbin Harms made a strong start to his 2013 campaign narrowly missing out on a top ten finish at the opening British Superbike round.

Back onboard the Doodson backed Honda for 2013, preseason preparations had gone well off the track but with weather interrupting the team's test schedule track time was in short supply.

Early practice sessions on the shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit were also hampered by the far from ideal British spring weather,  and it was still “work in progress” for the Yorkshire based outfit highlighted by a below par 20th place grid position. However the result belied the potential, with Harms being only 0.2 from eighth and with still more potential to extract from the bike set up.

There was no doubting that potential in the race day morning warm up session, the Dane posting the 5th fastest time 0.4 faster than his best in qualifying.

Harms set about working his way up the field during the 30 close and frantic laps around the 1.2mile circuit. On lap 19 he passed fellow Honda riders Peter Hickman and Jakub Smrz to take 13th place which he held as the race ended a lap early due to an accident involving two riders ahead, meaning Harms was classified 11th in the results. His pace also earned him up to a 12th place start for the second outing.

An issue off the line saw the Copenhagen man end the opening lap of race two in 14th and embroiled in a six rider dice for 9th place. The group included Australian Superbike Champion Josh Waters, American PJ Jacobson and Superstock 1000 Champion Keith Farmer. Harms managed to hold 10th place briefly before being pipped by Farmer two laps from the flag taking another hard fought 11th place finish.

Harms explained:

“The races today was a great improvement compared to the speed we had Friday and Saturday. Two 11th place finishes is a solid start and leave us with room to improve for the next races. It was great to work with the crew of Doodson Motorsport again and I am looking forward to more progress.”

Team manager Tom Tunstall added:

“We suffered from the lack of track time but as a team we made positive progress throughout the event, highlighted by Robbin setting his fastest lap of the weekend in race two as the team continued to work on bike set up. Despite an issue with rear grip Robbin did a great job to be fighting for the top ten. It’s great to have a strong start to the season and we still have some untapped potential to work on."

The second round of the 2013 BSB series takes place this weekend at the high speed circuit of Thruxton in Hampshire.


Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com