The 2014 British Superbike season kicked off, in typical style, at the world famous Brands Hatch circuit over Easter weekend.
In British Supersport the Triumph factory team, Smiths Triumph, had what looked like a difficult weekend but managed a good points haul to secure both fourth and fifth in the Championship standings after the first foray.
Graeme Gowland would have wanted to start his Smiths Triumph term under different circumstances after crashing out in both qualifying and the race 1. This left fans favourite Billy McConnell as the sole Smith Triumph contender in the weekend’s first Supersport race and ultimately bringing the Daytona 675R across the line in sixth position.
Race 2 gave Gowland an opportunity to put right his initial disappointment and took the fight to teammate McConnell and the ultimate race winner Alistair Seeley. Despite the Smiths pair demonstrating superb race pace and leading sections of the race they battled to the line having to settle for second and third positions.
In the Championship standings it couldn’t be tighter between the Smiths duo with McConnell leading Gowland by six points in fourth place.
3. Luke Jones (30)
4. Billy McConnell – Smiths Triumph (26)
5. Graeme Gowland – Smiths Triumph (20)
6. Alex Olson (18)
In the National Superstock 600 series a single Team Haribo Starmix Daytona 675R took to the grid with Charlie King aboard. King as sole representative of the team had a respectable premier race for 2014 bringing the bike home in eleventh place. Predictably after only a single race this puts King in eleventh in the Superstock 600 standings with a healthy 5 championship points to kick off this year’s campaign.
11. Charlie King – Team HARIBO Starmix (5)
The TriStar R&G Triple Challenge, the one make series based around the Daytona 675, saw its competitors put through their paces on three occasions over the Easter weekend. Two fifteen lap races were followed by a twelve lap sprint race on bank holiday Monday. One familiar rider, Freddy Pett, took the opportunity at his favourite circuit to secure some valuable early championship points with a win and two subsequent second place finishes. Phil Atkinson and Sam Cox also flexed their racing muscles with impressive pace across the weekend. Despite a crash for Cox in race 2 his other results still put him in third place overall behind Pett and Atkinson.
TriStar R&G Standings
1. Freddy Pett (65)
2. Phil Atkinson (52)
3. Sam Cox (45)
3-5 May - Oulton Park, Cheshire