British Superbike Championship – Round 12, Brands Hatch GP
Tyco Suzuki enter the final round of the British championship season at Brands Hatch this coming weekend looking to end the year on a positive note with all three riders. John Hopkins is more determined than ever to land that elusive first podium of the season and his Aussie team-mate Josh Waters will be looking to rediscover the form that brought him his first-ever British Superbike victory at the same venue in the summer.
In the Supersport class, Taylor Mackenzie is still smiling after his debut middleweight podium during the penultimate round at Silverstone aboard the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600, and the Scottish youngster will be hoping for more of the same to round out his year on a high.
“We’ve been right at the sharp end in qualifying now for quite a few meetings and for one reason or another I haven’t quite been able to transfer that into a podium finish. It’s been a long time coming and I’ll be working as hard as ever this weekend and doing my utmost to stand on the Brands podium in front of what will undoubtedly be a huge spectator turn out for the final round with Tyco Suzuki.”
“I’ve had a really enjoyable year with Tyco Suzuki and we have steadily improved meeting by meeting, and if anyone had told me at the start of the year that I’d win two races and be fighting for regular top six spots I’d have been made up. But we continually have to re-evaluate in this game and I really want to be in that front group in the races this weekend fighting for podiums and of course wins. We aren’t in the hunt for a championship but I’d like to put the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the podium where it belongs this weekend and score as heavily as I can in the points. Seventh place in the championship is still mathematically possible and that’s the goal.”
“Silverstone was a superb feeling finally getting the podium that everyone in the team deserved and I enjoyed it so much I’d love to be up there again this weekend. I’ve had an enjoyable year with the Tyco boys and I’d like to finish the season in a positive frame of mind heading into the winter break.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“It’s certainly been a tough season all round but the spirits in our team are as high as ever and everyone will pull in the right direction to try and give all three riders a strong finish to the year. Brands has been very kind to us in the past on the final weekend, so a touch of that would be very welcome. We know the GSX-R package is good enough to do the job both in Superbike and Supersport at this circuit – going on previous visits – so let’s see what we can do.”
Supersport Qualifying – 11.35am
Superbike Qualifying [Q1/2/3] – 12.15pm
Superbike Race 1 – 3.45pm [18 laps]
Supersport Sprint Race – 4.30pm [10 laps]
Superbike Race 2 – 12.30pm [20 laps]
Supersport Feature Race – 3pm [18 laps]
Superbike Race 3 – 4pm [20 laps]