Rookie Vickers claims season best result at Cadwell Park

Ryan Vickers and the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team bounced back from two crashes in qualifying to score their best result of the season with a seventh place in Bennetts British Superbike Championship race two at Cadwell Park.

Vickers had been running inside the top ten during free practice, but then started 18th on the grid following two crashes during Datatag Qualifying. However Vickers gained seven places in the first five laps of the race before moving up into the top ten at half race distance, before crossing the line in an excellent tenth place. The lap time put him eleventh on the grid for race two and after a strong start, he climbed up the order to finish in a career best seventh place.

Vickers said: “Overall, it was a great weekend and we showed great pace in the practice sessions right from Thursday evening. I made two mistakes in qualifying which gave me P18 on the grid which was pretty terrible but in race one, I made a good start and was able to pick the riders off one by one. I told myself to use my head for the entire race distance rather than trying to make up ten positions on the first lap and the strategy worked as I ended up in tenth which was a great result from a difficult position on the grid. My best lap time put me in P11 on the grid for race two which was miles better and put me in amongst a good group of riders.”

“I made a mega start to get up to seventh by the first corner and I stayed there for much of the race, briefly moving up to sixth when Dan Linfoot ran on. I rode a strong race and although Glenn Irwin came by me, I tagged onto the back of him and managed the distance to the riders behind home to take a superb seventh place. I could have maybe tried to get back by Glenn but after two crashes, I wanted to get two good finishes and to end the weekend with my best ever BSB result is amazing especially as Cadwell is the toughest track on the calendar.”

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