Luke Mossey became the fifth different race winner in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Knockhill, claiming the Feature race victory after stealing the advantage from standings leader Billy McConnell.
In the Sprint Race Smiths Racing Triumph continued their winning form with Graeme Gowland as he held off McConnell and Luke Stapleford with Luke Jones also in the fray in the closing stages. In the Evo race Team E-Lites Kawasaki celebrated their first victory of the season ahead of series leader Alex Olsen and Ben Field.
However in the Feature race Mossey fought back strongly as Gowland crashed out of contention on the opening lap.
McConnell gave chase but was also coming under pressure from Stapleford, but the Australian held on to maintain a 41 point advantage in the standings.
In the Evo title race Olsen returned to winning ways ahead of Hastings and Field.
Mossey said: “I was feeling good all weekend but when the rain came during the first race I just eased off, I didn’t want to crash and didn’t want to end up hurt so I went for the best points I could get. In the second race I was really keen to make amends. The first few laps were hectic, well most of the race was, I kept making a few mistakes but once I got to the front I just got my head down and tried to be consistent. I can’t wait for Brands now.”
Billy McConnell: “I think Graeme called upon all his motocross experience in race one as he got a good gate and was gone. To begin with, I was able to close in a bit but with the rain coming on, I thought about the fact I was leading the championship and opted to play it safe and settle for second. The rain got progressively worse so it was the right call to end the race and it was another perfect one-two for the team, our fifth in a row.
“In Sunday’s race, I saw Graeme go down early on and it was unfortunate for him but I got stuck in and fought my way up to second so it’s been a good weekend for me with a good haul of points so a big thanks to everyone at the Smiths Triumph team.”
John Trigger, Smiths Triumph Crew Chief: “Graeme had a great ride on Saturday and took a deserved win so it’s a shame he crashed out early on Sunday as he’d been faultless all weekend up until that point. Thankfully, he was completely uninjured but after clawing back points since his first round DNF, he’s now got to do it again. Billy’s had a strong weekend with a brace of seconds and with it being a mixed bag for some of our championship rivals, he’s been able to extend his lead significantly so we’re all leaving Knockhill in an upbeat frame of mind. We’re really looking forward to the next round at Brands Hatch as we’ve got a great package that works really well around the GP circuit and with both riders riding so well, we can’t wait to get there and hopefully grab more wins and podiums.”
Billy McConnell’s 41-point lead in the series is significant, especially after only four rounds, but at the same time BSB 2014 is a 12-round series and, as such, there is a long way to go. But right now Billy McConnell and Smiths Triumph are certainly looking very much odds on for 2014 glory.
Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Knockhill, Sprint race result:
- Graeme Gowland, Smiths Triumph
- Billy McConnell, Smiths Triumph +1.805s
- Luke Stapleford, Profile Triumph +3.668s
- Luke Jones, Acumen Industrial Services Triumph +3.812s
- Jake Dixon, Appleyard/Macadam & Doodson Yamaha + 8.469s
Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Knockhill, Feature race result:
- Luke Mossey (Techcare Profile Triumph)
- Billy McConnell (Smiths Triumph) +2.371s
- Luke Stapleford (Profile Triumph) +2.823s
- Jake Dixon (Appleyard/Macadam & Doodson Yamaha) +3.280s
- Alastair Seeley (Martrain Yamaha) +5.010s
Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings after Knockhill:
- Billy McConnell (Smiths Triumph) 152
- Graeme Gowland (Smiths Triumph) 111
- Alastair Seeley (Martrain Yamaha) 102
- Luke Stapleford (Profile Triumph) 102
- Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) 100