Buildbase Suzuki’s Billy McConnell extended his series lead in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship after finishing second in today’s race on his GSX-R1000.Buildbase Suzuki’s Billy McConnell extended his series lead in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship after finishing second in today’s race on his GSX-R1000. In the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Richard Cooper took a 10th and a seventh, as Bradley Ray crashed out of both races.
McConnell was quickest in qualifying, and started the race from pole position. Dropping to third in the early stages, he recovered to take the lead and held it for much of the race. Holding second on the last lap the Australian wasn’t quite able to make a pass for the win, but came away with an extended championship advantage.
Billy McConnell, “Obviously I’m disappointed not to get the win today. We had good pace and led for a fair bit of it. When Joe [Collier] came passed me I saw on the big screen we had a bit of a gap over the guys behind, so I didn’t take any risks, I thought about championship points, and just thought I’d line up a last lap pass if we could. The places I could make up the most time was in the last sector, and I tried to run it round the outside of Coram but I wasn’t quite close enough. But we extended the championship lead and beat some of our other rivals, and the bike was working well. We’ll try and get out again before Knockhill to get some more bike time and keep ourselves sharp, then it’s Knockhill and hopefully we can get back onto the top step.”