The CAME BPT Yamaha had another mixed weekend at round six of the Dickies British Supersport Championship at the extremely fast Thruxton circuit. James Westmoreland gained a strong third place on Saturday and was fourth in race two on Sunday. His team-mate Joe Francis was unlucky to crash out of race one and finished eighth in race two.
During qualifying the pair were on fire and Westy secured pole position and Joe was 2nd 0.1 behind his team-mate. Both struggled off the start for the 12-lap race and Westy dropped back to fourth after lap one and Joe into fifth. As always Thruxton produces some brilliant racing and the pair were both in a battle for a podium position, Joe ran wide on lap two and he dropped back to seventh. He tried to re-compose himself but unfortunately clipped the engine casing on the curb on lap six and crashed out. Westy was locked in a battle with Brad Ray and Tarran Mackenzie for second place. He fought hard to fend off the attacks from Brad Ray and he was able to secure third place.
For race two Westy started from fifth and Joe from ninth. Westy struggled off the line and dropped back to eighth after lap one and once again was locked in a freight train battle at the start but soon the leading bunch made a break and he had to fight with the Yamaha and brought it home in fourth place. Joe dropped to tenth after lap one and he was at the back of the pack of riders but he was hindered with arm-pump trouble and had to nurse himself home in eighth place. Westy is now just one point off the lead in the Championship with 13 races to go.
James Westmoreland – “I was hoping this weekend would be better but to be fair it’s not been terrible and it was certainly better than Snetterton. I got a podium and fourth place and I am now only one point away from the Championship lead and there is a lot still to play for.
Grant Bunting – Team Manager – “It was another testing weekend, the boys were going so well during practice and qualifying and I thought we were all set for some strong podium finishes and certainly some wins.