I watched the first race infield at Redgate and decided to move to the Craner Curves for Race 2 - Golden Era Supersport and Steelsport. The race was hardly underway when there was a spectacular accident as Adam Darnell lost the bikes rear - the way it went down looked a little odd . I quickly started firing as the accident unfolded and more riders got involved. Sparklight team-mate Chris Hellewell with nowhere to go took a nasty fall and the Yamaha of Karl Foster cartwheeled at some speed and distance, narrowly missing Adam Darnell. Fortunately and surprisingly no-one suffered any serious injury.
I'd been looking forward to this for some time but the weather forecasts got worse as the day approached and sure enough it was a bitterly cold overcast day, rain developing during the morning. Despite the weather there was a surprisingly high attendance.
The first Superbike practice was a little thin on the ground with many riders missing the session in which defending champion Shakey Byrne was fastest. A number of riders were missing in the remaining two sessions, preferring not to risk the tricky conditions. Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes were fastest in the 2nd and 3rd sessions respectively with Iddon fastest overall with a best time of 1.42.674.
Despite the conditions it was good to see the season get underway but it also meant the times were meaningless and I'm no wiser as to who this years title contenders are likely to be!
Leon Haslam - JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Glen Irwin - Be Wiser Ducati
Shaun Winfield - Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha
Classic Yamaha Livery
Michael Dunlop - Bennetts Suzuki
Conditions improved in the afternoon and it was no surprise to see both Kiyonari and Byrne looking the class of the field. Unfortunately Kiyo crashed near the end of the final session leaving Byrne to top the timing sheets with Danny Buchan on the Be Wiser Kawasaki taking second place. Kiyonari who was bruised but otherwise ok finished in third spot.
1 Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 1m:31.145
2 Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +0.222s
3 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0230s
4 Jakub Smrz (Lloyds British Ducati) +0.243s
5 Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.284s
6 James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.303s
7 Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +0.318s
8 Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +0.380s
9 Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.680s
10 Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +0.890s
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW)
Kiyo in the pit lane walkabout
Over at the MV garage….
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
However while they capture the incident very well they also illustrate the weakness of film cameras for sports photography