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Round Five - Snetterton 19-21 July 2019

Snetterton 300 next big test for Ellis and Richardson

 

With four victories from the eight races so far this year, last year's runners-up and 600cc Cup Champions Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson are riding high on the Santander Salt Honda LCR as round five approaches. They are clear leaders going into the Snetterton round over the weekend of 19-21 July, and on current form, will not surrender that position easily.

Defending champions Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark have experienced a somewhat frustrating season so far with three non-finishes on their Molson Group/Express Tyres Yamaha. They trail the leaders by sixty-four points as we approach the half-way stage in the season, but with double points at the final round, and thirteen races ahead of them, hopes are still high for a reversal of their fortunes.

The battle for third place is well and truly alive with two crews level on points. Rob Biggs and Jerome Shmitz have been incredibly consistent with the Taurus Tools Honda, whilst last year's number three Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde are another crew who are always in the mix at the front.

TT stars John Holden and Lee Cain sit fifth, marginally ahead of team mates Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney. The Barnes Racing/Silicone Engineering outfits have been virtually welded together in every race so far, and both crews have tasted podium success on more than one occasion.

This all-600cc entry gives very close racing, but the Snetterton circuit is one of the fastest tracks on the calender, and will certainly call for a gearing rethink after Knockhill. Last year Kershaw and Clark, like many of the teams, had the benefit of one whole litre of grunt. They will now be looking to maintain corner speed and flowing momentum to score points.

Three crews yet to hit full potential are the JG Speedfit/Quattro Plant twin outfits of Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood, and Ben Holland/Lee Watson. Both crews have more than shown the speed and capability, but crashes and mechanical issues have taken their toll.

The other team desperate to make up lost ground is the TAG Racing Yamaha duo of Chris Walker and Ashley Hawes. Re-united at Knockhill after a season out, they tasted podium success in a wild race which saw Stevens and Blackstock sidelined with a heavy crash.

Walker is hungry for more, and knows Snetterton better than most, having ridden the circuit countless times in both its configurations during his Superbike years.

This season with its new 600cc formula is already being hailed as one of the most competitive for many years, so we are looking at the prospect of very close and exciting racing in Norfolk.

Eurosport are delivering live coverage, and our usual highlights video will be also available here on the RKB-F1 website shortly after the event.

Media Matters - Barry Nutley - barry.nutley@btinternet.com

 

 

 

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Race action
Race action

Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson
Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson

2nd place John Holden and Lee Cain, SBR (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) lead Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing (3rd)
John Holden and Lee Cain, SBR (Silicone Engineering / Barnes Racing) lead Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney, SBR - Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Team Ramsden Racing

Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood
Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood

 

 

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