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Norfolk racer sees hopes of contesting British Superbike Championship title dashed




Norfolk racer Ryan Vickers' hopes of contesting the British Superbike Championship title are over following today's two races at Silverstone.

An early crash in yesterday's race left the RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki rider with a mountain to climb in the race for a spot in the end of season Showdown.

And an eighth placed finish in this afternoon's opening outing confirmed he would not be among the eight Title Fighters for the remaining three meetings.

Ryan Vickers sported a new MKM livery for his home round at Snetterton. Picture: Tim Keeton - Impact Images (51057115)
Ryan Vickers sported a new MKM livery for his home round at Snetterton. Picture: Tim Keeton - Impact Images (51057115)

The frustration for the Swaffham-based squad is their package is fast enough to challenge the leading runners – as shown by Vickers' fourth place in this morning's warm-up session.

But Saturday's crash, which followed a 13th place finish in the third race at Snetterton last weekend – proved costly.

Vickers rounded off his weekend with a 10th placed finish in race three, which was shortened to 15 laps from the scheduled 30, following a crash that forced the initial outing to be stopped.

Elsewhere, Vickers' team-mate Lewis Rollo had a strong race in the National Superstock 1000 category, eventually finishing seventh.

The Scot had been running as high as fourth during the race in which he battled with stars such as former British champion Billy McConnell and 16 time Isle of Man TT winner, Ian Hutchinson.



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