Shoubridge scores his first double Ducati Cup win at Silverstone
David Shoubridge (Rich Energy Ducati) started from pole after setting the fastest lap in Race One the first day. The race was full of incidents with two red flags and one restart.
Shoubridge raced away from the first start and soon began to pull away before the red flag came out on Lap 7. The riders lined up for the restart and this time it was Max Lofthouse (JDF Racing) who got off to a flyer, leading for three of the six lap sprint race.
Shoubridge was Lofthouse's his heels, taking the lead on lap four and pulling out a healthy lead to the chequered flag. Although Lofthouse came over the line in second, unfortunately he was disqualified due to a tyre infringement. That promoted Tom Tunstall (Motorcycle Race Parts) in to second place with another series rookie Mark Bridger (Moto46) grabbing a podium in his debut BSB weekend.
Michael Tustin (AH Performance) improved on Race One to take fourth with Matt Jones (Dragon Racing) in fifth. An impressive result for Paul Gallington (TRU7 Racing), a series newcomer grabbing sixth position and Ducati TriOptions Cup veteran Peter Hasler (Art of Racing) grabbed tenth to finish with two top ten finishes.
David Shoubridge (Rich Energy Ducati) - 1st
"What a race! Where do I start? I wanted to get my head down at the start of the race and pulled out a bit of a lead. I wanted to try and test myself to get my head down from the start and get a quicker lap time but after a couple of laps and not achieving that I had a nice gap to second place, so I didn't want or need to push on. Then the red flag came out and what a restart! A six-lap dash, I made it hard for myself running too deep in to Brooklands, not intentional on the first lap and it was great to see Max take the lead. It gave me a chance to use my race craft and think about where I was stronger. He took the fight to me and made it difficult to pass him. I loved every minute of it and well chuffed to come away with the double on the Rich Energy Ducati. It was also good as my secondary sponsor Expell was there to see it too. Let's take it on to the next round and see what we can do."
Tom Tunstall (Motorcycle Race Parts) - 2nd
"Race Two was a bit hectic really with it being shortened due to the red flag coming out. I was just struggling with the bike getting up to speed as I'm not familiar with it yet, so it didn't really play in to my hands but I really enjoyed the first weekend on the bike and looking forward to getting closer to Dave. Congratulations to Max, a shame about the issue with the tyre sticker. It was a good solid weekend and itching to go for the second one."
Mark Bridger (Moto46) - 3rd
"Unfortunately I damaged my front tyre in the Race One crash so I had to sacrifice a new rear tyre in exchange for a new front (which meant I had to start Race Two with the same rear I used for Race One). Race Two was good fun with no rear grip and some good battles with a few of the guys, people falling off all over the place and it was a battle to stay on at times. It was a bit scruffy from me but great fun and brilliant racing and far more than I expected on my first round. Must say a big thanks to Moto46, Stevenage Machine Tools Ltd, Abrasive Services' Neil, Jim, Paul. Without their help none of it is possible."
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