Richard Kerr and the AMD Motorsport crew claimed their third profession victory, and first of the season, within the Pirelli Nationwide Superstock Championship race at Donington Park on Sunday.
The Donegal rider popping out on high after an exciting battle with collection chief Dan Linfoot.
The weekend received off to an awesome begin for Richard when he posted the quickest time in Friday’s free observe classes with a lap of 1’29.103 on the factory-prepared CBR1000RR Honda Fireblade.
Situations had been best for qualifying the next day with dry, sunny climate on the Leicestershire venue and a lap of 1’29.059 meant Richard took third place for a entrance row place.
Nevertheless, with pole man Alex Olsen having to begin from the rear of the grid as a consequence of a penalty acquired on the earlier spherical, 23-year previous Kerr lined up for Sunday’s 15-lap race, the place the climate was once more good, in second place and in the midst of the entrance row, an awesome begin seeing him instantly take the lead on the opening lap.
Any probability of a breakaway victory was quickly extinguished because it rapidly grew to become a seven-rider battle for the lead, only one.7s protecting the seven riders after six laps. And though Richard dropped again to fifth at one stage, he rapidly regrouped and shortly fought his method again to the entrance.
Certainly, he was again within the lead simply after half race distance and because the race entered its closing phases, it grew to become a straight two-horse race between Richard and Linfoot. The lead modified fingers on three events on the final lap alone, nevertheless it was Richard who seized management on the penultimate nook and he held on to take a superb win by 0.393s.
The outcomes noticed Linfoot take the championship lead however victory for Richard enabled him to maneuver as much as second within the desk, simply eight factors behind fellow Honda rider Linfoot.
Richard Kerr: “It’s been a superb weekend and we’ve by no means been out the highest three so it’s good to spherical it off with the win. I actually loved the race and knew tyre life would come into play so although I dropped to fifth, I didn’t panic and felt I had one thing further for the ultimate third of the race. I additionally knew I had some sturdy factors on the circuit in comparison with Dan and had a sense the place he’d attempt to make a cross so ensured I knew what to do when he made his transfer.”
“I additionally knew there was no method I used to be ending the race in second in order quickly as he got here by, I dived straight again up the within and held him off till the flag. I’m so pleased and the crew deserve actual credit score for working so exhausting throughout the three days to get the bike dialled in. I’m delighted to get the win and we’ve repeated what we did right here final 12 months so let’s hope we are able to do the identical subsequent outing at Knockhill. An enormous thanks as at all times to everybody at AMD Motorsport!”
Fraser Dykes, Crew Proprietor: “We’re everywhere in the moon with the victory as we speak and it’s what we go racing for! The entire weekend has been unbelievable, and Richard ran within the high three in each session so it’s clear he’s a unique rider this 12 months and brought his performances to the subsequent degree. It was a completely deserved win with nothing handed to him and, in addition to Richard’s efficiency, an enormous shout-out should go to Simon Bleasdale for all his exhausting work. Each he and the entire crew labored tirelessly all weekend and we are able to’t have requested for a greater weekend!”
The subsequent spherical of the collection takes place on the crew’s native spherical at Knockhill, Scotland on June 16-18.
Pirelli Nationwide Superstock Championship race (15 laps)
1 Richard Kerr (AMD Motorsport Honda)
2 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
3 Alastair Seeley (BMW)
4 Joe Talbot (Honda)
5 Lewis Rollo (Aprilia)
6 Alex Olsen (Honda)
Championship Standings (after three rounds)
1 Linfoot 87pts
2 Kerr 79
3 Talbot 68
4 Bourne 67
5 Olsen 59
6 Seeley 40
Motorsport: Kerr dazzles at Donington with third Superstock victory was final modified: Might twenty first, 2023 by