HOLMFIRTH racer Joe Irving fired up his push for the British title with a fine podium finish at the Knockhill circuit.
The Scottish track hosted round four of this season’s British Superbikes Championship series and teenager Irving closed to gap on the leading two riders in the Monster Energy Motostar Championship.
On his RS Racing KTM, Irving came home in second with his haul of 20 points taking him to 29 behind championship leader Joe Francis and 18 behind second placed Tarran MacKenzie.
And Irving emphasised his strong form by recording the fastest lap in the Motostar class.
Twice British 125cc champion James Lodge was also happy with his showing north of the border – his fifth place finish seeing him settle into fifth place in the standings in the National Superstock 600 championship.
“I actually had a decent result, but I was struggling a bit early on over the weekend,” said Kawasaki Moto Breakers rider Lodge.
“In qualifying I ended up eighth fastest, which was a bit frustrating as I noticed my bike was down on speed compared to my rivals.
“In the race I had a terrible first lap because it’s a narrow track and there were so many riders fighting for the same space.
“I was 15th at the end of lap one, but by lap three I had made my way up to 12th when the safety car came out for five laps due to an incident.
“When the race went live again I managed to make up places until I was battling for fifth.
“I was stuck in a battle for fifth place for about six laps and I just couldn’t get through because he would always pull about six or seven bike lengths ahead on the straights, but when the race got red-flagged later on I managed to finish in fifth.
“It is a good solid result after the disappointment of Donington and I’m looking forward to Snetterton in three weeks.”
Elder brother Jonathan, also riding a Kawasaki for the Moto Breakers team, had a productive weekend in the National Superstock 1000 championship following a third place finish in the qualifying race with a 24th place finish in the main event.
After their spectacular crash in the last round at Oulton Doodson Motorsport team manager Tom Tunstall was just happy to have his rider Robbin Harms on the track with a bike to ride for the two British Superbikes races at Knockhill.
Sadly the Danish rider was unable to add to his points tally on the Honda Fireblade as, having finished 16th in race one, the second produced a ‘did not finish’ due to technical problems.
Denby Dale’s Tunstall said: “The team did a fantastic job rebuilding the bike following Oulton.
“Robbin and the team continued that good work again at Knockhill and to arrive without any testing prior to the event and to be running inside the top ten early in the first race is very impressive at this level.
“There were far more positive factors than negative ones from the weekend. It’s frustrating to not have the results but sometimes that’s racing and we’ll be looking to put that right at Snetterton.”
A test is planned at the Norfolk track next week as the series visits the Snetterton300 circuit for the fifth round over the weekend of July 5-7.