Round 3 - Oulton Park
Round three of the Dickies Supersport Championship took place at the very beautiful Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire. American rider James Rispoli once again had another great weekend and secured a fourth place in race one and took another fantastic podium with third in race two. Bjorn Estment was working through set-up issues throughout the weekend and he was 12th in race one and crashed out of seventh in race two.
James was still on a high from his podium at Brands Hatch and started the weekend strong and up near the top of the time sheets in the practice sessions. He ended up qualifying on the second row in fourth place. He got a great start and was soon locked in a battle with Jamie Perrin and James Westmoreland for the final podium slot. He was consistently fast but wasn't able to make a pass on Perrin, he finished the 12-lap race in fourth.
For race two he started from fifth on the grid and he got a great start, sitting in third place at the end of the opening lap. He worked hard and set some fast lap times throughout the race to bring the Everquip Yamaha in third position. His second podium of the season and another great effort by the team.
Bjorn was struggling with set-up issues throughout the weekend at the very technical Oulton Park circuit. The team made some good changes for the opening race on Saturday, he started from 16th on the grid and after a steady start he was soon working his way up through the pack to finish in a solid 12th place.
He started from 14th for the main race on Monday, he got a great start and was 11thafter lap one. He soon had his head down and was making good progress through the field and was soon sitting in seventh place. However he lost the front of the bike into Hizzy's and that was sadly race over for Bjorn as he crashed out.
James Rispoli - "I'm super happy with getting a podium again at Oulton, it feels really good. I got a great start and we knew it would be tough to stay with the front runners this weekend. Jack and Ben were dicing for the lead at the start and this helped us break away from the chasing pack.
Andy and the Everquip team have made huge changes for us and this has made a big difference with how the bike felt.
I consider myself a dark-horse in all this, we are remaining consistent and chipping away and now we are third in the Championship. We are only at round three and we have a long way to go in the season. We can only keep improving and getting stronger.
So happy for the team and I can't thank Everquip and all my sponsors for making this happen. We have a long break now but I can't wait to get to Snetterton and race again!"