It was another double win for Rory Skinner as he steered his Tysers Yamaha YZF-R6 through wind and slippery conditions at the fast Snetterton circuit. The young Scotsman was pushed in both races whilst his Colin Appleyard/Macadam teammate Brad Jones struggled to get the set-up he needed to push to the front.
Rory set his stall out early again with a strong showing through the practice sessions; culminating in a pole position time over half a second faster than his nearest rival. Brad again made life hard for himself with a row three start in eighth, after holding fourth in free practice.
Saturday’s 12 lap Supersport Sprint race was held in high winds on the flat ex airfield Snetterton circuit, with riders buffeted around on the fast straights. Bradley Perrie took the early lead and Rory battled with him swapping the lead through the early laps before holding the front to take a much tighter race win (0.189 seconds) than at Donington Park. Brad Jones had a ‘shocker’ of a race, being T-boned early on the first lap losing five positions and then later running on as he had brake fade. He finished a disappointed tenth in class.
The longer ‘Feature’ race grid is decided from each rider’s fastest lap from the previous day’s proceedings so consequently Rory had the third best time whilst Brad gridded up in eighth. Anticipation was high as dark clouds menaced above as the pair rolled up to the grid on their immaculately prepped Yamaha YZF-R6 weapons.
It was a poor start for Rory and he battled with Brad but somehow managed to force his way through to third by the end of lap and took the lead on lap two! Rory was kept honest by TT star Lee Johnson who held onto Rory for most of the race but he duly took his fourth win of the year!
Brad jones had a great battle with Ben Currie in the early laps but then dropped back a little to salvage sixth place after a last lap lunge.
Rory now heads the series by 36 points as he campaigns for the Yorkshire team’s fourth consecutive British Supersport Championship in 2020. Brad sits in fourth but has the pace and experience to fight his way up the rankings, as the tour visits the fast Silverstone circuit next time out.
Brad Jones said: “To be honest I’ve been struggling all weekend, we’re not where we should be and it’s really frustrating. I just don’t have the feel and outright pace but I have to say the team kept trying so the bike felt more stable in the second outing.”
Rory Skinner said: “It’s been a mega weekend but obviously not as easy as Donington. We didn’t get a good run in practice, so it was good to get pole and Saturday’s race was really hard to concentrate with the wind. Today’s race was a good battle after I got a bad start and then it became really slippery, so relief to see the chequered flag!”
Team Owner Robin Appleyard summed up: “We’ll take 100 points! Rory didn’t clear off like at Donington but I think he looked the most stable and confident out there. Brad just didn’t have the feeling that he did here last year although he felt the changes we made helped in the second race”.