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Swaffham team hope for home comforts as British Superbike Championship returns to Snetterton




It's a crucial few days ahead for Swaffham's RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki squad as they prepare to race on their local track.

The British Superbike Championship is at Snetterton for round seven of the series this weekend.

And, with only two meetings left before the line-up for the end of season Showdown title fight is decided, the team's Thetford star, Ryan Vickers, will be looking for big points on home ground.

Ryan Vickers will be hoping to get back on the podium on home ground this weekend. Pictures: Tim Keeton (Impact Images Photography).
Ryan Vickers will be hoping to get back on the podium on home ground this weekend. Pictures: Tim Keeton (Impact Images Photography).

The 22-year-old goes into this weekend in 10th position in the standings, 19 points behind Lee Jackson in the eighth and final Showdown place.

But, with 150 points up for grabs across six races during this weekend and next week's outing at Silverstone, his destiny remains firmly in his own hands.

Team boss Lee Hardy said Vickers was still feeling the effects of a heavy crash he suffered in qualifying at Cadwell Park two weeks ago.

But, before that, he set a new lap record at the Lincolnshire track and Hardy is hopeful of another strong performance this weekend to boost their championship hopes.

He said: "We're looking good to be fair. The bike's working really well and we've got a good package.

"Ryan's still a little bit bruised up but we're in a good position. He goes well at Snetterton, the bike goes well there."

Thousands of bike fans are expected to descend on the Norfolk track for the meeting, which sees racing take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

Although Snetterton was the venue for the opening meeting of the shortened 2020 season, that was held behind closed doors because of Covid restrictions.

Away from the premier class, Vickers' team-mate, Lewis Rollo, will be hoping to close the gap on the leaders in the National Superstock 1000 category after an eighth place finish at Cadwell.

He lies eighth in the standings, 52 points behind class leader Tom Neave.



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