Be Wiser PBM Ducati
Sun, 06 Aug 2017
The second Ducati Cup race of the weekend provided drama throughout, with the race coming down to the final corner.
Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team) had started on pole but it was Levi Day (Boast Plumbing) who made the most of his front row start in 3rd to take the holeshot and take the initial lead once again, with championship leader Joe Collier (Boast Plumbing) in third behind Neary.
Phil Atkinson (Highsparks Motorsport) momentarily took 3rd but Collier soon retook the position before making his way to the front of the pack to lead, just ahead of Neary and Day.
The top 3 riders started to pull a gap and it was soon clear that the race victory would belong to one of the 3 riders. But towards the end of the race Collier ran wide at the final chicane. As he re-joined the track it was deemed by race control that he had gained an unfair time advantage and unbeknown was issued a half-second time penalty.
As the Collier led into the last chicane a final time, Day tried to put a move of Neary but was unsuccessful. But with Neary 0.224s and Day 0.349s behind the race leader they were promoted to 2nd and 3rd after Collier’s time penalty was added. Neary claimed his 1st Ducati Cup victory of the year and denied Collier the chance of a Thruxton double-win.
Jonathon Railton (Boast Plumbing) finished 4th, but set a new lap record on his 2nd lap with a blistering time of 1:19.241s.
Taryn Skinner (Highsparks Motorsport) just got the better of Sam Middlemas (Salus / Albany) in a ‘last-lap dash’ to bring the first 899 motorcycle home in 8th place.
Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team #10) – 1st
“We finally got the bike right. I dug in then, that was a tough old race. I always say, and it’s not rocket science, but because of my size I always lose out down the back straight so I really had to dig in on the brakes there. I’m absolutely made up for the whole team. Obviously, I want to win more than anyone but these boys work so hard I’m just mega happy for them. With what happened with True Heroes earlier, our thoughts are with those boys because you never want to see that happen. Onwards and upwards.”
Levi Day (Boast Plumbing #57) – 2nd
“I knew after yesterday I just dropped off the pace to the front two at the end so my goal today was to just run with them and I knew we had the pace. Just need to get a clear head and go do it. Joe got pushed wide at the last turn at half-race distance so we knew something might happen there. It’s just a shame that I got Sean into the last turn but just ran a little bit wide as well. But I’m really pleased I kept up with the pace of those guys and it’s another podium and points in the bag.”
Joe Collier (Boast Plumbing #4) – 3rd
“It’s one of those things I suppose. We’re definitely going to have to have a chat with people at higher places about that because it was either run on or not finish the race. It is what it is. I still enjoyed it, it was still a good weekend. I think we still pulled more points in our championship lead. But not an ideal end to the weekend.”