The Appleyard Macadam Yamaha squad suffered another frustrating end to a promising British Supersport event, as Brad Perie tasted the gravel at Donington Park.

Wet and dry practice sessions saw the relative newcomer pairing of Brad Perie and Rhys Irwin get up to speed before what was to be another busy, compacted Saturday schedule. A wet qualifying saw Brad make serious inroads into his wet weather set-up and confidence, leaving the best till last with a fast final lap, giving him a front row start with a third-place position. It was an unlucky 13th for Rhys putting him on Row Five.

Saturday’s opening race was held in rain and standing water with riders mindful of the amount of bikes that had taken to the grass in the days’ earlier races. Brad got boxed in off the line and crossed the line ninth at the end of lap one, with Rhys fourteenth. With riders dropping like skittles in the tricky conditions, both Appleyard riders kept their heads down and picked up positions; eventually finishing fourth and fifth in the Supersport class (not including GP2 machinery).

Sunday’s Feature Race was held in dry conditions and in his usual style Brad got up to speed and started picking off riders to move up through the pack. He then got embroiled in a great battle for third but in the penultimate corner he and Lee Johnston again came together on different lines and both ‘hit the deck’. Rhys finished eleventh (eighth in SS600 class)

Quattro British Supersport Championship Points: Jack Kennedy 327, Ben Currie 293, Lee Johnston 273, Bradley Perie 259 …. 10. Rhys Irwin 123

Team Owner Robin Appleyard said

“For sure it’s an unfortunate end to the weekend although we never quite hit race winning pace to be honest. Both riders did well to come through the pack in the rain, those results were OK but Rhys might be trying a bit hard and Donington rewards smooth riding.

Today Brad and Lee went for the same gap and I guess it depends which garage you’re sitting in to apportion blame but we saw it as a racing incident. The Championship is now out of our grasp which is disappointing but this year was always going to be a harder job to keep up that run with two young riders.”

Bradley Perie said, “It was a similar story to some other rounds today, we gave ourselves a lot of work to do and come through the pack, then on the final lap we had a three rider battle. Lee came through for a lunge, ran wide and then cut back in so we all came together. I’ll hold my hand up to my mistakes like I have in the past but I honestly don’t think I did anything wrong when you watch the TV footage back. I am very disappointed.”

Rhys Irwin added, “It wasn’t our greatest weekend and although a fifth and seventh is no disaster, we wanted more. At least we kept her upright and I’m looking forward to a strong finish at Brands.”