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JON Kirkham took his maiden MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship win in a dramatic first race at Croft Circuit this afternoon.
The Samsung Crescent Racing rider edged out team-mate John Hopkins to make it a 1-2 for the popular team at the end of a hard-fought race which saw many of the big hitters struggle.
The start of the race was initially delayed as the changable weather conditions continued to play havoc at the Darlington track, and many of the teams took unusual gambles on tyre choice.
By Mic Archbold
TOMMY Hill rode through the pain and put his Swan Yamaha in top spot after free practice at the team's local track ahead of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Croft.
After a heavy fall which injured the ligaments of his left shoulder at Oulton Park, Hill was keen to put himself back on track in his championship bid, and this morning he was passed fit to ride.
And in true Tommy style he proved that he could.
LOCAL Evo hero Graeme Gowland has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's round at Croft Circuit.
The Allendale rider had hoped to make his comeback this weekend after breaking his wrist in a crash in the first race of the season at Brands Hatch.
But this afternoon he was devastated to have to pull out of his home round.
TEENAGE rookie Chrissy Rouse is gunning for a top ten finish this weekend at his home round of the Sunoco British 125GP Championship.
The Burnopfield youngster is looking to build on his 14th place finish at Oulton Park two weeks ago, at his and his SGR Racing team's local round, Croft.
Having raced at the North Yorkshire circuit as a pre-season warm-up in the NEMCRC event in March when he finished third, he is confident he can use his knowledge of the track to his advantage this weekend.
TEESSIDE teenager Richard Ferguson is raring to go ahead of this weekend's Croft round of the Sunoco British 125GP Championship.
The 16-year-old from Stockton is looking to build on his best ever finish at Oulton Park almost two weeks ago, as he takes on his local track.
Riding for his family-run Team Ferguson Racing, Richard crossed the line in 12th spot. And he is hoping for a similar run this weekend.
MICHAEL Laverty has revealed the only pressure on him to win this weekend is coming from himself, as he prepares to tackle his Swan Yamaha team's home track, Croft.
Just days after younger brother Eugene doubled-up with two World Superbike Championship wins at Monza, Michael says he'll refuse to settle for anything less on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking at the North Yorkshire track earlier this week, he admitted that his own mistakes have kept him off the podium so far this season, and says that only he can put things right.
HE made history at Oulton Park when he became the first American rider to notch up a BSB win....and this week North fans will get the chance to get up close and personal with John Hopkins.
The former MotoGP star had already emerged as a firm hit with the UK fans prior to his win at the Cheshire track just over a week ago, but he is sure to have won a legion more after his Oulton victory.
And this week, ahead of Round Three of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Croft, Hopkins is headlining the latest North Yorkshire Road Racing Supporters Club (NYRRSC) chat night.
EUGENE Laverty has doubled-up and taken the win in the second World Superbike Championship race at Monza.
The rookie star edged out his Yamaha World Superbike Team team-mate Marco Melandri at the end of a hard-fought race to grab his second victory of the day and also of his WSB career.
And although his opening victory this morning was impressive, his Race Two win came after a race-long battle which saw him fight his way to the front after a terrible start.
CHAZ Davies has taken a trouble-free win in today's World Supersport Championship race at Monza.
The Brit led from lights to flag to coast to the win at the end of the 16-lap race, with his team-mate Luca Scassa taking second to make it a ParkinGo Yamaha 1-2.
Third across the line was the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda of Fabien Foret.
Images by Iain Kemp
EUGENE Laverty has taken his maiden World Superbike Race after a faultless ride at Monza.
The Yamaha World Superbike Team rider didn't put a wheel wrong on the way to his first win in his rookie year, beating Roman Emperor Max Biaggi in his back yard.
Biaggi crossed the line second some 1.5secs behind Laverty, with Leon Haslam emerging strongest of a race-long battle with Marco Melandri to take third.